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Everything I Thought I Knew

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  227 ratings  ·  134 reviews
A teenage girl wonders if she’s inherited more than just a heart from her donor in this compulsively readable debut.

Seventeen-year-old Chloe had a plan: work hard, get good grades, and attend a top-tier college. But after she collapses during cross-country practice and is told that she needs a new heart, all her careful preparations are laid to waste.

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Candlewick Press
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Here comes a semi unpopular review! This is the first for me to fall in love %75 of a book and then hate the rest of it!

The story of struggling 17 years old Chloe whose life completely changes after she collapses her cross country practice and finds out she has a rare heart disease and after her successful transplant she is not the same person who she was before because she doesn’t only get the donor’s heart but also donor’s some special memories or abilities ( she never ride a motorcycle in he
sarah xoxo
“Here’s one of the many things I thought I knew that turns out to be wrong: you need to fall in love to end up with a broken heart.”

Everything I Thought I Knew is an ambitious, genre-bending, unique young adult novel. I went into the book only knowing it was about a high school student who recently received a heart transplant, and expected a typical contemporary, coming of age story. While the first 75% of it ran along those lines, the final section was a complete 180.

I have heard some people r
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
This sounds really really good!!!

YA about heart transplants and first love!
Chloe Gong
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Listen, the tears are still drying on my cheeks while I write this review. I don't even want to say too much because I feel like going in without knowing too much is the best way to go into the book--it was an emotional journey of me lunging at my screen yelling NOOOO and then sitting back with a sniffle and appreciating how beautiful the unfolding plot events were. I wish I could invent time travel and give this to high school me while she was applying to colleges and thinking about the univers ...more
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
Life is what happens when you make plans.

Chloe has plans. Her body did not come in agreement with those plans. Her life changed. Her plans changed. She changed.

Chloe's heart is failing. Her life is put on hold. Until finally a heart is available and she is able to have a life saving heart transplant.. All goes well and the anti-rejection medication is doing its job. Chloe finally is able to come back to life. Her life.

She returns to school to finish her studies and earn her diploma. She meets n
Stacy Fetters
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
"What makes us who we are? Do we actually have souls that exist apart from our flesh, blood, and bones? Or are our personalities determined by the cells that surge through our bodies and codes embedded in our DNA? Where do our thoughts and memories fit in?"

How would you live your life if you got a second chance?

Chloe is an overachiever. She gets good grades, is on the track team, and is ready to accept her admittance to a prestigious college. But one day while practicing on the track field, her
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Everything I Thought I Knew by Shannon Takaoka is potentially the best YA contemporary novel I have ever read, and is definitely one of the most spectacular books I’ve had the privilege of experiencing in the year of 2020. Words fail to properly express just how deep, thought-provoking, and beautiful this story really is.

It follows our main character Chloe, as her life takes an unexpected turn after she collapses during cross country practice and is informed that she needs a new heart. In th
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book stopped my heart and revived it in the best way possible!

Shannon’s debut was such a beautiful story about Chloe a 17yo senior in HS and a heart transplant recipient.

Chloe was in full gear heading to a top university. Now, not only is Chloe in summer school trying to catch up, she is also suddenly craving to hit the waves surfing with instructor Kai, and with an awful recurring nightmare.

This book tackles important issues about traumatic events, health, loss, and family. This was well
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
Maureen Grigsby
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a novel about a seventeen year old female high school senior who collapses running cross country and finds out she has a previously unknown heart condition. She gets a heart transplant and then is assailed with disturbing memories, dreams, and a new found desire to surf and be reckless. Is she picking up cellular memory from her new heart?
Jennifer Moffett
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: roaring20s
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
Shivani Patel
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher for being kind enough to send me a physical ARC of this wonderful book!

As someone with a heart condition, I was happy to see this specific topic being represented and discussed in a book. Having a health condition that may or may not affect your way of living is not fun. I was afraid that the topic would not be discussed so well, but I think the author did a good job. I can’t relate to having a transplant but I can relate to having an intense heart surgery + dealing w
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of EVERYTHING I THOUGHT I KNEW by Shannon Takaoka in exchange for my honest review.***

After Chloe’s heart transplant, she struggles to find her new normal. The former honor student now has no patience for summer school. She begins taking surfing lessons with the mysterious Kai, something the Before Chloe would have never done. Additionally, New Chloe, now a risk taker, has difficulty connection with her former self.

Depression after hea
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, contemporary, ya-nos, arc
I received a physical ARC of this book as part of the Roaring 20s Debut group ARC tour. My opinion is my own and I am under no obligation to write this review.

Sometimes a book comes out of nowhere and surprises you. You think you know what you're getting into and then the author pulls the rug out from under you in the best way possible. That's what the experience of reading Shannon Takaoka's EVERYTHING I THOUGHT I KNEW felt like.

Chloe is a relatable protagonist, even if you've never had a life
Rameela (Star)
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Initial Thoughts: This was so unexpected not gonna lie. In the beginning I thought it would be a 3 star because the writing in the beginning was a little strange for me. I didn't expect to be completely addicted though and finished this in like 2 days.
The Bookend Diner
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Candlewick Press, for gifting me this incredible book by Shannon Takaoka.

Okay, y’all stick with me as I try to formulate the best way to review this beautiful story. I know I won’t do it justice, but I am going to try...

In 2019, my sister-in-law, Payton, passed away from a heart defect. She was 19 years old and had a massive heart attack while heading out the door with her boyfriend. She had just graduated from high school and all set to start college in August. She was full of life
Melina Lobo
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Everything I Thought I Knew is a YA novel by Shannon Takaoka. What I enjoyed about this book is its outlook on life from someone's who had almost lost it and now has to live a different life she planned for herself while everyone else around her moves on.
It's sad yes, but it's also uplifting as she learns to live life through the new challenges she faces in her once perfect world and it's one of the reasons do like the character of Chloe, but she does have a lot of flaws. There were times where
Rebecca Veight
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Chloe, a cross country runner and great student in her senior year, has a heart transplant. She is now in summer school so she can graduate, suddenly likes to surf, is having weird nightmares of dying and memories that are not her own! Is the new heart the 'culprit'?

With a POV that dabbles with cynicism and is absolutely personal, the author successfully puts us into the protagonist's headspace. Her musings made me stop reading quite a few times, sparking a whole new train of thought for me, mak
Vanessa S.
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
**I received a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

What a fantastic debut novel! In this YA book, we follow Chloe, a seventeen-year-old girl who has her whole future ahead of her, and a bright one at that. She is near the top of her senior class in high school, has loving parents, and is on her way to a prestigious university. That all changes, however, when she collapses one day during track. It turns out that she has a heart defect, and she undergoes a heart transpla
Andrea Pole
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Everything I Thought I Knew by Shannon Takaoka is an exceptional read that is emotionally wrenching, while at the same time being, ultimately, life affirming and beautiful.

Chloe is only seventeen when she collapses during track practice. When she consequently receives a heart transplant, it seems that she has been given a second chance at life, but she is all too aware that her second chance is the result of the lost life of her donor. As Chloe tries to adjust to her new normal, she is confused
Oct 14, 2020 marked it as dnf
dnf at a very early 6%, rip.

was very hooked by the premise, but the execution wasn't really what i expected/wanted going in, unfortunately. some mild fatphobia in the beginning and the mention of a "rehab camp for World of Warcraft addicts" turned me off a lot.

also lowkey i thought this was a contemporary by a japanese-american author... but i'm pretty sure the author just took her husband's last name lol
E.M.  Seanor
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was definitely an interesting idea and I loved the exploration of the concept of cellular memory, but honestly, I felt like the plot (and other things) was just not there. It kind of felt like the story just started and ended, and everything in the middle was just the in-between part. 

     I also have huge issues with a lot of the things that were presented as normal in Everything I Thought I Knew. A 17-year-old girl drinking, doing drugs, illegally driv
Andria Sedig
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
I was really excited by the premise of this book and enjoyed this as a quick YA contemporary read. The romance was okay but predictable. The characters weren't incredibly well developed but weren't 1 dimensional either. There was some internal conflict which I enjoyed and I do feel like Chloe grew up a bit as the book went on. However, the whole "twist" at the end felt a little left field and made the overall book less believable. I was on board with the idea of cellular memories, but that is no ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 14-and-15
Thanks to Candlewick Press for providing an ARC of Everything I Thought I Knew in exchange for an honest reviews.

Books about multi universe? The best.

Everything I Thought I Knew is contemporary with a twist. It's the possibility of being realistic fic mixed with the possibility of being fantasy and I loved it for it.

I don't think I can say much about what I loved about this book without spoiling it because its honestly so unique that everything feels like a spoiler but this book is universally
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: organ-transplant
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

  Thank you to Candlewick Press for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

This story has an intriguing premise, but I couldn't keep myself from nit-picking as I continued to read. While the post transplant lifestyle and it's struggles are well covered, the way the book grazes over that transplant waiting period bothered me. The way it's written makes it look like waiting on the list is easier than it actually is. 
Betty Culley
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I know this is a book I will come back to again. Like a painting where you see something new each time you look at it. It won't just be because I want to feel like I am on the water surfing with Chloe- which I do- but because I want to be surprised in the best way all over again. Really enjoying the little clues that flew over my head the first time. I loved Chloe right from the beginning- her voice, her humor, her perspective, and I liked the setting and the friendship themes.
Highly recommend.
Liza Wiemer
WOW! I'm short on time right now, so full review to come! If you love YA novels with unexpected twists, this is a must read! Love it! Thank you to the publisher for giving me the chance to read it.
Holy sh*t. Review to come.
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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Shannon Takaoka is a young adult fiction author who loves books (of course) and all things nerdy. (Time travel? Weird science-y stuff? Alternate realities? Yes, please.) She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area 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 everything about who she is and who she wants to be ...more

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