Little Do We Know just got a fantastic Kirkus review! Thank you so much, Kirkus!
“A life-altering incident sets two ex–best friends on a collision course.
Best friends and next-door neighbors Hannah and Emory haven’t spoken since the fight when they both said things they can’t share and can’t take back. In alternating chapters, Emory focuses all her energies on theater and her boyfriend, Luke, while Hannah, the daughter of a pastor who is also the principal of her Christian high school, questions her faith as the result of the things Emory said to her that day. Their paths collide unexpectedly when Hannah finds Luke unresponsive at the wheel of his car late one night. Though he miraculously survives his injuries, he finds that he cannot move forward in the aftermath of the accident and turns to Hannah to confide the truth behind his near-death experience. When his story reaches a wider audience, things spiral beyond their control and the rift between Hannah and Emory threatens to grow even wider. Though Luke’s spiritual experience brings him and Hannah closer together and threatens to drive him and Emory apart, these characters are clearheaded and sympathetic, and the narrative avoids typecasting them or straying into melodrama. Emory and Luke share a notably sex-positive relationship, and Hannah experiences a forbidden attraction that neither ends in scandal nor distracts from the central plot. Hannah, Emory, and Luke are white.
A life-affirming story of friendship, love, and faith.” —Kirkus
EARLY REVIEWS FOR LITTLE DO WE KNOW:
“Touching on weighty issues, including sexual harassment, religious crises, friendship, and taboo love, Stone writes a thought-provoking novel that challenges conventional ideas. With well-developed detail, the characters have realistic vulnerabilities and experience profound transformations that lead them to look at the world differently.”
― Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A life-altering incident sets two ex–best friends on a collision course… These characters are clearheaded and sympathetic, and the narrative avoids typecasting them or straying into melodrama. Emory and Luke share a notably sex-positive relationship, and Hannah experiences a forbidden attraction that neither ends in scandal nor distracts from the central plot. A life-affirming story of friendship, love, and faith.”
“A compulsively readable romance which follows three characters grappling with their world views in a time of crisis.”
– Justine Magazine
“Stone picks carefully through all the emotional threads of faith, denial, and betrayal that weave and fray throughout this complicated situation. Hannah’s questioning of her faith and Luke’s tentative discovery of his are handled with authentic sensitivity, while Emory acts as a foil, and something more, for both of them. In the end, all three teens are exemplary in their willingness to help and stand by each other through the hard work of recovery after trauma no matter what the cost.”
– The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“There are a number of interesting story lines that respectfully twist around the issue of religious faith [and] believable characters, individually strong and yet mourning the loss of an integral relationship.”
“A sharp, affirming look at the boundaries of faith, the resilience of families, and all of the imperfect ways that we love one another. A beautiful testament to friendship and the intricate patterns we weave throughout each other’s lives.”
― Robin Benway, National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author of Far From the Tree
“A beautiful, affecting novel. Stone writes compellingly about the power of friendship, of love.”
― New York Times best-selling author Luanne Rice
“Beautiful, heartfelt, deep, and real. This book broke my heart and I loved every minute of it.”
―Robyn Schneider, author of The Beginning of Everything