Meet The Authors: Rebecca Barrow, Author of You Don't Know Me But I Know You - Top Ten List

Hi Everyone, and welcome to Day Two of Meet The Authors August! I just back from a mini photography expedition to another side of the city I live in for which I woke up at 5a.m. and I'm EXHAUSTED while I type this so please excuse any typos you might find.

This lovely author's debut novel releases later this month and I could NOT be more excited for it, especially because Harper India send me some amazing news about it and hopefully, with all the luck, I'll recieve a copy of it. EEK.

Without any further ago, please welcome the LOVELY Rebecca Barrow, whose debut novel You Don't Know Me But I Know You is a haunting YA contemporary with a strong female friendship and teenage pregnancy and I AM SO EXCITED FOR IT.

Here's a Guest Post / Top Ten List by Rebecca on her Top Ten Romactic Couples in YA!
I give you this list with the caveat that not all of these romances end in happily ever after, and not all of them are the sweetest or purest couplings. But they are the ones that felt the most real to me! Not everything has a happy ending, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth something. Let’s get into the top ten:

1.      Adam and Mia from IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman—talk about heartbreak. I loved watching them grow and change and navigate their pain to find their way to each other.

2.      Emi and Ava from EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour—an intriguing mystery wraps around this sweet love story, set against a cool Hollywood background.

3.      Remy and Dexter from THIS LULLABY by Sarah Dessen—girl who doesn’t believe in love but does believe in controlled order meets messy musician with a cute dog. I mean, what else are you supposed to do but fall in love with him?
4.     Sophie and Mina from FAR FROM YOU by Tess Sharpe—back to real heartbreak here. Sophie and Mina were best friends who began to love in each other in a different way and maybe they’d have lived happily ever after—if Mina hadn’t been killed. Intense and painful.

5.      Vivi and Jonah from WHEN WE COLLIDED by Emery Lord—perhaps Vivi and Jonah’s relationship wasn’t always the healthiest, but that only made it feel that much more real to me. Sweet and honest.

6.      Dimple and Rishi from WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon—one coding geek plus one repressed artist plus one possible arranged marriage equals a whole bunch of mess. (And sweet romance, as hard as Dimple might try to avoid it…)
7.      Marin and Mabel from WE ARE OKAY by Nina LaCour—(I just love the way she writes girls in love, sorry not sorry!) Another set of best friends who realized their love might be taking them along a different path—until Marin completely veered off track in everything. Painfully real.

8.      Dylan and Edie from the DIARY OF A CRUSH series by Sarra Manning—Dylan and Edie are the epitome of teenage angst. From Manchester to Paris to Vegas, on-and-off all the way, I still love them in all their pouty, artsy glory.

9.      Kiko and Jamie from STARFISH by Akemi Dawn Bowman—when the boy you loved as a kid comes back and you’re still in love with him, what do you do? Complex feelings swirled with art and anxiety and family anguish.
10.  Liesl and the Goblin King from WINTERSONG by S. Jae Jones—again, probably not the healthiest relationship, with the whole “you took my sister” thing, but oh wow do these two have chemistry.

Title: You Don't Know Me But I Know You
Author: Rebecca Barrow
Publication Date: August 29th 2017
Publisher: Harper Teen
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
Blurb Description: Rebecca Barrow’s bright, honest debut novel about chance, choice, and unconditional love is a heartfelt testament to creating the future you truly want, one puzzle piece at a time.
There’s a box in the back of Audrey’s closet that she rarely thinks about.
Inside is a letter, seventeen years old, from a mother she’s never met, handed to her by the woman she’s called Mom her whole life. Being adopted, though, is just one piece in the puzzle of Audrey’s life—the picture painstakingly put together by Audrey herself, full of all the people and pursuits that make her who she is.
But when Audrey realizes that she’s pregnant, she feels something—a tightly sealed box in the closet corners of her heart—crack open, spilling her dormant fears and unanswered questions all over the life she loves.
Almost two decades ago, a girl in Audrey’s situation made a choice, one that started Audrey’s entire story. Now Audrey is paralyzed by her own what-ifs and terrified by the distance she feels growing between her and her best friend Rose. Down every possible path is a different unfamiliar version of her life, and as she weighs the options in her mind, she starts to wonder—what does it even mean to be Audrey Spencer?
Rebecca BarrowRebecca Barrow writes stories about girls and all the wonders they can be. A lipstick obsessive with the ability to quote the entirety of Mean Girls, she lives in England, where it rains a considerable amount more than in the fictional worlds of her characters. She collects tattoos, cats, and more books than she could ever possibly read. YOU DON'T KNOW ME BUT I KNOW YOU is her first novel.

Who are some of your top romantic couples in YA? Don't forget to say hi to Rebeca!
I can't wait to see who all of you pick!

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