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Things I Should Have Known

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Things Chloe knew: Her sister, Ivy, was lonely. Ethan was a perfect match. Ethan’s brother, David, was an arrogant jerk.

Things Chloe should have known: Setups are complicated. Ivy can make her own decisions. David may be the only person who really gets Chloe.

Meet Chloe Mitchell, a popular Los Angeles girl who’s decided that her older sister, Ivy, who’s on the autism spectr
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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C.G. Drews
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is simply an EXCELLENT novel. It's all about friendship, love, sibling relationships, and the absolute decisive fact that if you don't have ice cream in your life at regular intervals than wut r u doing mate because ice cream is life. But I guess the book actually does focus more on, like, LOVE and SIBLINGS. (*whispers* ice cream tho...) And I'm endlessly pleased that it had such a lovely representation of Autism! The author has an ASD child and you can really tell they know things. Bless b ...more
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
2.5 Stars


Focusing on the relationship between teenage Chloe and her autistic sister, Ivy, this story revolves around their ‘quest to find love’ for Ivy, but quickly proves it contains much more. Instead, this becomes a coming-of-age for both of the sisters.

I received an ARC of this through Netgalley, thanks to HMH Books for the opportunity!


LGBT representation in a healthy and realistic way.

There’s a note at the end that says the author has personal experience with autism and has
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I seriously have no recollection of how I ended up requesting this from the library. I’ve never heard of this author and zero of my friends have read it. At this point I’m almost convinced that I have some sort of weird sleeping disorder where I log on to the library in the middle of the night in order to . . . . .

All I know is I woke up on Saturday morning and turned on the WiFi in order to retrieve a porno scientific study on th
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Straightforward, funny, touching and just a little bit heart-rending. I’ve read a few books about autism and I really liked them but most of them are told in the POV of the character with autism. So what I really appreciate about Things I Should Have Known is that it is told by the little sister of the 20-year old girl who has autism.

It’s really good to be able to look into Chloe’s life. How she is constantly worrying about her big sister, Ivy, especially when it comes to the latter’s social li

When I picked up Things I Should Have Known, I wasn't sure what to expect. YA romances always have the chance of being too cheesy for me and mental illness is not always represented genuinely.

However I was pleasantly surprised in both aspects. The autistic characters in the story and their relatives, how people reacted to everything, felt very authentic.

In the authors bio it did state that she had a son who was autistic and had written two books on autism so I guess that's why this book ended
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

Shockingly enough, this was a book I had passed over because of a couple miniscule details I picked up on in the synopsis. But, seeing as how I have a very particular set of books that work for me nowadays, upon further inspection, this book looked like it was right up my alley. I mean, come on: Douchey guy, arch nemesis (pretty much the whole school’s, to be fair), being pushed together in a selfless act for their siblings…I just couldn’t help but balk and give this one a try. Though, I should
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
This book was WONDERFUL. <3333

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

From the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the perfect match. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, Da
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
You probably know that I choose YA books quite rarely. I mean, the premise has to be pretty special for me to do it.

But this one just had it.
And I wasn't wrong.

Read the full review with images and buy links here on my blog.

How can I sum this book up? It brought me all sorts of emotions from the very first page. Very readable, very relatable – even though you might not have quite the life the main character has.

In short? Chloe is quite a popular teen. You'd easily mix her up with t
Sarah Joint
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Funny, quirky, honest, and heartwarming. I really loved this book. I was in the mood for something lighter than what I usually go for, and this was perfect: a well-written and inspirational young adult novel. I really enjoyed it.

Chloe has an easy life at school. She's pretty, popular, and dating the best looking guy in school. He's friendly and seems very devoted to her, but he does have one issue: he doesn't really understand Chloe's big sister. Her sister Ivy is very important to her. Their f
Emer (A Little Haze)
Hallelujah for a YA book that I actually like for a change. It just feels like it's been a while.

This was a very easy, breezy read. I read it in two sittings (pretty much just interrupted by the necessity to sleep) and just found myself happily racing through it.

The main character Chloe is great. Super likeable but far from perfect. What I mean is she's tough. She does not care about the more materialistic aspects of life because she's got Ivy. And Ivy is everything. Ivy is her older sister wh
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
“If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn”

----O. Ivar Lovaas

Claire LaZebnik, an American author, pens an enlightening and heart touching young adult contemporary novel Things I Should Have Known that revolves around a female high school teenager who sets up her autistic elder sister with another autistic boy on a date, but little did she had any idea that the boy's younger brother is her classmate and whom she despises to her heart's content and that they both share the
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of: diverse YA reads
Recommended to Courtney by: Netgalley
Shelves: 2017-read, netgalley
On the outside, it may seem like eighteen year old Chloe Mitchell has a perfect life, but things are not always what they seem. Sure, she's popular and pretty, gets good grades, and even has an attractive and athletic boyfriend, but that only just scratches the surface.

Chloe has an older sister, Ivy, who is on the autism spectrum, their father passed away from cancer a few years ago, and their mother, who's pretty passive about everything going on, has remarried a man named Ron, who can sometim
Dee Montoya

Uplifting and beautiful. Things I Should Have Known is a wonderful novel. A compelling story about a sister trying to find love for her autistic sister. The love and acceptance these sisters have for one another took my breath away, and made my heart sing. I laughed and cried, and had the most amazing time reading this book. I'm completely enamored with Claire Lazebnik's writing style, now that I've discovered her work, I'll make it my mission to read every single one of her books
Consider me very very impressed.

Guys, help me out: You know those books that, staring at the cover or reading the synopsis or just from page one, you know they're going to be special? Does this feeling have a name?

Call it a gut feeling. Call it a psychic sense. Maybe it's magic? One can only guess.

I've had this experience (and been proved right sometimes, thank goodness) with books like Six of Crows, A Darker Shade of Magic, and The Winner's Curse. And now? Things I Should Have Known joins th
Things I Should Have known is the story of Chloe a popular, self-assured, teen that I found really realistic and true to herself even though she has some flaws, I want flawed truthful characters I want real life things that are annoying but also truthful and that's what I got with Chloe.

After Ivy starts asking questions about Chloes relationship and kissing Chloe decides to have a look into Chloes class when she picks her up and scopes out the class for a potential more than friend for her siste
Aneta Bak
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Things I Should Have Known is a wonderful and heartwarming novel. Not only is it deep, but it is also very educational.

Chloe is your typical high school girl. She is beautiful, popular, blonde and in love with the most popular guy at her school. When she notices her autistic sister is sad and lonely, she steps out of her narcissistic bubble and decides to help Ivy by finding her a boyfriend. On her journey to help her sister, Chloe not only learns to see her sister in a new way, but learn about
Fafa's Book Corner

Mini review:

I received this E-ARC via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I had initially heard about this book through my friends' reviews. Once I read the synopsis I was sold! Unfortunately I did not enjoy it.

The interactions with the characters felt forced. Specifically the dialogue. I couldn't bring myself to read further and just dropped it.

I do still recommend it because I think it'll be cute.
This book was good... Quite frankly though, I read it two months ago, so do I remember what happened? NO. I'm just going to put together a short list of my thoughts.

- Chloe had great development... (I think??)

- Ivy was super sweet, as was Ethan.

- David was an asshole but I liked him a lot.

- It was fun and funny and had good banter?? I think? (lol I really don't remember this book very well)

- AUTISM REP, which I can't speak on personally, but from reading other reviews, I believe it was good
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

I received a copy of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review

Not gonna lie, I requested this book a hundred months ago -exaggerating but you know- and I kept pushing reading it until the last minute humanly possible to be able to write the review on time. Why? Because I was dreading the Autistic representation and how it will be handled, especially from a sibling’s point of view because my
In my opinion, Things I Should Have Known is Mrs. LaZebnik's best work. Her characters are well-developed and realistic, the best feature of the text. The whole storyline is filled with surprising moments that wowed me, I had a hard time putting it down. Every aspect of it is executed in a beautiful manner.
This book is a must-read for fans of the YA/Contemporary genre.
Wow. This was fantastic. Witty dialogue, unique subject matter, and the least sappy YA love story ever. RTC.
Alessandra Crivelli

Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC through Netgalley.

This was such a freshly and overwhelming reading about siblings love ❤
I don't think I ever read something about Autism in my life but both this story and its characters were so realistic.


It is such an open minding reading and at the same time it's also quite of funny.
Things I should have known tells the story on how it is to caring and loving for someone who is
Laurence R.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-review
I loved the relationships in this novel. They're so adorable! It's also very realistic and it opened my eyes about autism. ...more
Kris Mauna
Things I Should Have Known took me by surprise, and completely swept me off my feet through its lovable characters and thoughtful, heartwarming story.

"It's like people have a place in their brain for normal, and they have a place in their brain for something obviously wrong, but they can't deal with something just a little bit different."

At first, I thought I was reading about our usual pretty, popular girl with the perfect boyfriend when we first meet Chloe.. But she felt unique as her laye
Jill Pickle
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I loved the way this book starts out on one track a standard romancey trajectory) and then veers off into something different and deeper. This book explores the tricky space between caring deeply for a sibling and imparting your own desires or assumptions about them on to them. And it is so. Readable.

The way family dynamics are explored feels so real, even the parents involved are fleshed out. I even ended up begrudgingly respecting the stepdad in the end.

The romantic development between two o
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book that focuses on a loving relationship between two sisters, Chloe and Ivy. Ivy, who has autism and Chloe who cares more about her sisters well being than anything else. Having someone very close to me who is autistic allowed this book to speak volumes, I truly have not read a more realistic YA novel before. The characters, situations, and storyline felt like a true story. Though my experiences with my loved one who is autistic differs, I can still relate to this story 100% becau ...more
Genesis Sheli (Whispering Chapters)
This review was originally posted on Latte Nights Reviews.
Chloe is one of the popular girls at her school but it's not because she tries. It's because she doesn't try that people admire her and like her. She's even dating the most popular guy at school and everything seems okay. But at home, Chloe takes care of her older sister Ivy who is Autistic. Chloe is already used to taking care of Ivy and being there for her, so when Ivy starts asking questions about kissing and relationships, Chloe sets
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
A surprising and delightful story of friendship when you least expected it, learning to better understand your family, and reevaluating expectations and learning to see past them.

Things I Should Have Known is an incredibly easy book to read. One minute I had just started it, the next I was finishing. I didn't want to put it down. I smiled, laughed, and even had a few 'awwww' moments.

Chloe has a good life. Sure, her stepdad is a little controlling, but her boyfriend is perfect, school is easy a
I received this book from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honest review

I started this book thinking I'm gonna get some cute, adorable, hate to love romance and maybe some juicy family drama and instead what I got was lots and lots of siblings love & how it is to have sibling with autism. I mean, there's also the family drama & adorable romance, but I'll get more to that later.

Our protagonist, CHLOE is not your usual girl. I mean, the main girls in books are usually innocent, never been i
Mar 04, 2017 added it
Shelves: read-for-work
It was enjoyable and I couldn't put it down. I liked the family dynamics although it sometimes felt too cliché and predictable and unrealistic. The autism aspect was definitely the highlight of the book. Although I have never dealt with it myself, I should hope that it's as much an every day challenge as it becomes a normal daily routine that people come to terms with. Worries, love, doubts, hope, annoyance are all parts of it. The main characters were endearing most of the time.
However, I was
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