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The Cost of Knowing

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Dear Martin meets They Both Die at the End in this gripping, evocative novel about a Black teen who has the power to see into the future, whose life turns upside down when he foresees his younger brother’s imminent death, from the acclaimed author of SLAY.

Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus is trying his best. He tries to be the best employee he can be at the local ice cream shop;
Expected publication: April 6th 2021 by Simon and Schuster
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Brittney Morris
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My love letter to all the Black men who had to grow up too early.
Aug 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: cover-porn
this cover makes me remember how much i love men.
Jun 09, 2020 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
'Two brothers are cursed. Alex can see the future. Isaiah can see the past. When Alex, the older, sees a vision of Isaiah dying in a few days, cue a race against time to track where this family curse came from & figure out what it means to be a Black boy in the present.'

I can't waitttt

Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 14-and-15
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

First off, let's get this out of the way. Slay was incredible. I genuinely couldn't believe it was Morris's debut when I read it.

The Cost of Knowing is so good that it managed to remind me that Slay was a debut.

16-year-old Alex is trying to navigate having a girlfriend, part-time job, his relationship with his aunt and brother, and the expectations of his dead parents. That's all a lot even for kids without magical c
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, arc
This book wrecked me, but in a way that it probably needs to.

Alex is a young man with the gift, and curse, of seeing future events when he touches someone or an item. As much as he is able, he tries to not touch people he loves, not after he saw his best friend's death and was unable to stop it. But an accidental touch of a photograph shows him mourning at his younger brother's grave site. Alex is devastated, and determined to spend as much time with his brother as possible after spending years
Claire Tierney
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Picked this up because I had heard great things about Slay (which is on my end of year TBR pile).

Also because it's so rare (is it just me?) to read YA with a male protagonist and I was intrigued by Alex's visions into the future.

This book was so sad but yet such a good read. The weight of the past and the anxiety which the future holds especially given Alex's gift/curse is so prevalent and constantly makes you think: What would I do?

The characters' grief is terribly raw and maybe that's why th
Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
Jun 21, 2020 marked it as not-yet-released
i don't like ice cream but I do love ice cream shops
Hannah Barnes
Mar 11, 2020 marked it as to-read
I know nothing about this book, other than that it's by Brittney Morris, and so that means it will be amazing and I can't wait to read it!
Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

I was very excited to read this book. I loved the idea of genre-mashing, blending the elements of magical realism and contemporary issues. So, I had high hopes. And in the end, they just weren't met. I liked the overall ideas, but I felt like some of the plot holes were too much for me to overlook. If you are going to do magical realism, or sci-fi in any way, you have to r
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Sixteen year old Alex Rufus lives with a secret he can't tell anybody-- with every person or item he touches, he can see the future. This isn't so much a superpower as it is a burden, especially when his foresight includes tragedy. When he envisions the death of his twelve year old brother, Isaiah, he's horrified, as well as determined to become the big brother he hasn't been over the next few days. Little does Alex know, Isaiah has a secret power too... I sat down to start The Cost of Knowing a ...more
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: yarc
This is more slow-paced than I was expecting, but I also think I'm going to be thinking about it for a long time.
Isabella (The Feminist Bookworm)
This book was extraordinary, and it absolutely broke me.
Elizabeth Rice
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Where do I even start? Brittney, thank you for writing. Thank you for giving a voice to Black men who had to grow up too soon, to victims of "accidental racism;" thank you for explaining how the (in this case literal) Karens of this world need to reevaluate the fear culture they promote, for giving a voice to Black America and a window for others to learn.

White folks looking for how to be a better ally and hoping to educate themselves, read this. And then read Slay if you haven't already. Anyon
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for giving me this ARC!

Wow, wow, wow!! Get ready to cry with this one. Having recently read The Hate U Give and enjoying it, I was very excited when The Cost of Knowing came in the mail.
When Alex Rufus has a vision of his brother’s death, he must make Isaiah’s last days memorable, while managing to be a good boyfriend to his girlfriend Talia and keep his visions a secret.
Pros - quick read, amazing characters, magical realism (the superior genre)
Cons - very sad, st
Gina Malanga
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The author describes this book as a “Black-Boy-Joy-Despite” book and nothing could be more true. This book is BEAUTIFUL and it is heart wrenching and had me ugly crying on the subway on the way home, but beyond all that it is a book about the love between two brothers, the fear of never having enough time with the ones we love and how our ancestors makes us who we are. There is a cost of knowing too much about where we come from and where we are going but is it a cost you are willing to pay for ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to beta read this, and... it's so good. Topical racial issues are addressed with the same unflinching candor that Brittney Morris brought to Slay, but they're tempered by flashes of Black boy joy. You root for her characters so hard.

Do yourself a favor and preorder this book!
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Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus can see the future of everything he touches—the longer he touches, the further he can see. His curse complicates his relationships and prevents him from living an ordinary life. Alex's burden intensifies when he touches a photograph and sees his younger brother's untimely death. On his mission to be the big brother he tried so hard to be, Alex learns the he may not be the only family member with a special ability.

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Brittney Morris is the author of SLAY. She holds a BA in Economics from Boston University because back then, she wanted to be a financial analyst. (She's now thankful that didn't happen). She spends her spare time reading, playing indie video games, and enjoying the Seattle rain from her apartment. She lives with her husband Steven who would rather enjoy the rain from a campsite in the woods becau ...more

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