Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

You Don’t Even Know by Sue Lawson

Sue Lawson has a real winner with her latest young adult novel, it was one I couldn’t put down and spent the whole day reading from start to finish. This book will appeal to all teenagers, girls and boys……  be warned it is very confronting and highly emotional but one that ends on a positive.


Alex Hudson is a good guy. He plays water polo. He has a part-time job. He’s doing okay at school.
Then the thing that anchors Alex is ripped away and his life seems pointless.
How can he make anyone else understand how he feels, when he doesn’t even know?

You Don’t Even Know is narrated by Alex as he lies in a hospital bed recovering from an accident he doesn’t remember. We feel for him, as in a series of flashbacks we glimpse a life with a domineering father and conceited older brother Ethan, and a terrible accident and death that has derailed him with both guilt and harrowing grief.

Alone and grieving, his only company is Mackie, a girl lying unconscious in the bed next to his. It is through her that he learns to see a way forward for himself.

This is a story about the pain of the terrible loss of a loved one, and of finding a way to be true to oneself. It is a confronting read and best suited to older readers. It should appeal to John Green fans and it won’t disappoint.
Review by  Marg, Good Reads


February 25, 2014 - Posted by | Family/Relationships | , ,

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