She’s an award-winning poet, a NYT best-selling author, and one incredibly inspiring woman. I’d like to welcome Ellen Hopkins back to my blog Journeys & Life for the second time as she is celebrating her new novel The You I’ve Never Known which was just released on January 24.
THE YOU I’VE NEVER KNOWN
By: Ellen Hopkins
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
“For as long as she can remember, it’s been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel’s mom disappeared when she was a baby. Dad says home is wherever the two of them are, but Ariel is now seventeen and after years of new apartments, new schools, and new faces, all she wants is to put down some roots. Complicating things are Monica and Gabe, both of whom have stirred a different kind of desire.
Maya’s a teenager who’s run from an abusive mother right into the arms of an older man she thinks she can trust. But now she’s isolated with a baby on the way, and life’s getting more complicated than Maya ever could have imagined.
Ariel and Maya’s lives collide unexpectedly when Ariel’s mother shows up out of the blue with wild accusations: Ariel wasn’t abandoned. Her father kidnapped her fourteen years ago.
What is Ariel supposed to believe? Is it possible Dad’s woven her entire history into a tapestry of lies? How can she choose between the mother she’s been taught to mistrust and the father who has taken care of her all these years?”
In bestselling author Ellen Hopkins’s deft hands, Ariel’s emotionally charged journey to find out the truth of who she really is, balances beautifully with Maya’s story of loss and redemption. This is a memorable portrait of two young women trying to make sense of their lives and coming face to face with themselves—for both the last and the very first time.
Ellen Hopkins is a poet, freelance writer, and the award-winning author of twenty nonfiction titles and five NY Times Bestselling novels-in-verse. She has published hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from aviation to child abuse to winegrowing.
Ellen mentors other writers through her position as a regional adviser for the Nevada chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
She is a regular speaker at schools; book festivals and writers conferences across the US, and now throughout the world.
This or That:
- TV or Movies? Movies or made-for-cable TV
- Hot or Cold? I’m hot, but I like the cold
- Black or White? Black
- Night owl or early bird? Early bird
- Print or E-book? Print
- Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
- Regular or Diet? Diet
- Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi
- Horror or Romance? Stephen King
- Action or Drama? Drama
- Pizza or Pasta? White sauce. Vegetables. Meat or not.
- Skittles or M&Ms? M&Ms
- Sweet or Salty? Salty
- City or Country? Country to live, city for fun
- Harry Potter or Twilight? Potter all the way
- Gum or Breath Mints? I never chew gum
- Spontaneity or Planning Ahead? I’m an Aries—spontaneity.
- PC or Mac? Apple desktop, laptop, iPad and iPhone
- Beach or Pool? Beach
- Shoes or Sandals? Summer or winter?
- Facebook or Twitter? Both
- Truth or Dare? Truth
- Text or Talk? Can’t we just talk to each other, please?
- Introvert or Extrovert? Extrovert
Specia thanks to Amy Del Rosso with Lady Reader book Tours for including me on this tour.