Oh I’m floating in a little puffy cloud of feels!
4.5 puffy stars!
About the Book
Things I Should Have Known
Things Chloe knew: Her sister, Ivy, was lonely. Ethan was a perfect match. Ethan’s brother, David, was an arrogant jerk.
Things Chloe should have known: Setups are complicated. Ivy can make her own decisions. David may be the only person who really gets Chloe.
Meet Chloe Mitchell, a popular Los Angeles girl who’s decided that her older sister, Ivy, who’s on the autism spectrum, could use a boyfriend. Chloe already has someone in mind: Ethan Fields, a sweet, movie-obsessed boy from Ivy’s special needs class.
Chloe would like to ignore Ethan’s brother, David, but she can’t—Ivy and Ethan aren’t comfortable going out on their own, so Chloe and David have to tag along. Soon Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan form a quirky and wholly lovable circle. And as the group bonds over frozen-yogurt dates and movie nights, Chloe is forced to confront her own romantic choices—and the realization that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.
This book was such a joy to read!
It was SO WELL written, and there is SO MUCH LOVE here! SO MUCH! ❤️
It’s so palpable how much David and Chloe cared for their siblings that your soul can’t help but smile. 😊
ASD rep was spot on and I especially loved how the reactions of people to Ivy and Ethan where described. I have relatives in the spectrum and I’ve experienced those reactions personally. Unfortunately that is exactly how people often react and that is how you feel. You can tell Claire has first hand experience!
While my soul was idiotically smiling my mind was frowning a little though because I was a little conflicted about Chloe’s meddling that much in Ivy’s personal life but I guess it is a fine line to walk how much support you give a loved one with special needs without interfering too much.
Chloe is also conflicted about her intervention in Ivy’s life and that just gives more depth and human dimension to the story.
And, I don’t want to spoil it for you because it’s kinda of an important plot twist but…
This book is also beautifully diverse too!!!
Sooooo… Precious! This book was SO precious!.
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