Book Review: Everything I thought I knew by shannon takaoka

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Everything I Thought I Knew was an eye-opening read. The first few pages were a whole reality check. Health problems can occur to even the healthiest of all people, regardless of age, size, or gender. This book is a very relatable and attention capturing read.

Imagine being a teenager with big dreams and full of life one day, and the next, you have a life-threatening illness that changes your life forever. I can’t even imagine it, and I am twenty-nine years old and nowhere close to be perfectly healthy, let alone active. Chloe’s whole life changed in a matter of seconds.

Chloe went from being uptight and worried about college, grades and having every second of her life mapped out. She was doing cross-country and, in her mind, right on track to success. Then she gets sick and gets a heart transplant. Suddenly, uptight, vegetarian Chloe is replaced with a carefree, meat-eating version of herself. One who likes to surf, ride motorbikes, and participate in the occasional recreational drug.

Both versions of Chloe is the real essence of every teenage girl. You have the overachievers, and you have the ones who enjoy living in the moment. The author captures that in this book. When you think you have an idea of what the author is going for, the plot thickens. Now, Chloe is having nightmares and memories of things that have nothing to do with her.

Is it her new heart connecting her to its previous owner? Is it supernatural? And then there is Kai, the man responsible for her surf lessons and for capturing her heart, no pun intended. I am so happy that Jean The Book Nerd allowed me to read this book.

Shannon Takaoka
Shannon Takaoka

Shannon Takaoka is a young adult fiction author who wrote her first book at age 12, when she blatantly ripped off C.S. Lewis with an epic fantasy inspired by THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. (Well, maybe it wasn’t that epic β€” do 10 pages count?)

Madeline L’Engle, Charlotte BrontΓ«, Neil Gaiman and a host of other authors inspired her lifelong love of reading, and she’s especially into all things gothic, weird and nerdy. If a story involves time travel, strange science-y stuff or alternate realities, she’s in.      
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Shannon now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two children and one very needy dog, who is probably leaning on her right now as she’s pecking away on her keyboard.

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 following a heart transplant, is out now from Candlewick Press. She promises that it’s a little weird β€” but in a good way.

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