The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books | Little Do We Know

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books | Little Do We Know

I’m so thrilled to see another positive review for LITTLE DO WE KNOW. Thank you, BCCB!

“Next door neighbors Hannah and Emory were friends for over a decade, despite significant differences in their core beliefs (Hannah’s a Christian with a pastor father, Emory’s a non-believer). Now, however, the girls aren’t speaking after a fight that split them apart. Other than that, things are going well for Emory—she’s in love with her boyfriend, Luke, and she has been accepted to UCLA’s theater program. Hannah, on the other hand, is questioning her faith in both God and her father, who poured her college funds into his dream of a Christian school. When Luke dies in his car in front of Hannah’s house and is revived three minutes later, he turns to Hannah and her father to share his experience, and things get complicated when his story becomes an opportunity for both exploitation and healing.

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. She is at once a catalyst, a doubter, and a friend in need, selfless on the one hand and self-protective on the other as she tries to hold on to the things that bring her joy and to ignore the bad stuff. 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.”

—Karen Coats, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (June 2018)

❤ Tamara

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.”
Kirkus

“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.”
Booklist

“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

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