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When a heart defect earns her a big red “F” in staying alive, 17-year-old Chloe’s straight-A path to a top college is derailed. A transplant saves her, but now it feels as if her brain has been replaced along with her heart.

The “new Chloe” takes stupid risks, like skipping her anti-rejection medication while running wild with the class party girl and nearly crashing a mot
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Expected publication: 2020 by Candlewick Press
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Tanya
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am beyond fortunate to have had an opportunity to read an early copy of author, Shannon Takaoka's debut, EVERYTHING I THOUGHT I KNEW. Truth be told, I went into this thinking it was a straight up YA contemporary story—it is, and it isn't.

In her senior year, Chloe Russell collapses during a track meet. Soon after it's revealed that unbeknownst to Chloe and her family, she's had a defective heart all along. To survive, she's going to need a heart transplant right away. Thankfully, one becomes a
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Jennifer Moffett
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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High school senior Chloe Russell seems to have it all—popular friends, supportive parents, and a promising future—until the moment her heart fails. Literally fails (due to an undetected defect). After her traumatic heart transplant surgery, Chloe’s friends have left her behind in their scramble to start college far away from her coastal California community. Isolated and stuck, Chloe starts having strange nightmares that begin seeping into her daytime reality, leaving her both terrified and intr ...more
Liz Lawson
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book. Man. It is beautiful. Heart-wrenching. The end broke my heart and left me breathless. Once I hit the 70% mark reading, I couldn't stop. I had to know what was going on with Chloe and her memories. Her relationship with Kai. How Takaoka would bring Chloe's story to an end. And I was not disappointed.

A little plot: Chloe is a high achieving HS senior who's whole life has been geared toward mainstream success--college, jobs, etc. etc. It's a path she's been riding without really examini
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Shana
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Shannon Takaoka's debut has everything I thought I wanted and more in a YA contemporary! Physics, smart girls making mistakes, California, passionate kisses and did I say PHYSICS?!

Chloe Russell is on her way to great things, a smart, athletic student with the potential to head off to her dream college when she collapses during track practice. She ends up missing most of her Senior year due to a heart-transplant and in the aftermath of the transplant she finds herself changed--suddenly intereste
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Shannon Takaoka is a young adult fiction writer who loves books (of course) and all things nerdy. (Time travel? Weird science-y stuff? Dragons? Yes, please.) She lives in Northern California with her husband, two children and one very needy dog. Her debut novel, EVERYTHING I THOUGHT I KNEW, about a 17-year-old girl questioning her identity following a heart transplant, will be published by Candlew ...more