Book Review: What We Knew by Barbara Stewart

Posted August 11, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: What We Knew by Barbara StewartWhat We Knew by Barbara Stewart
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on July 14th 2015
Genres: General, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover
Source: St. Martin's Press
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"When I was little, I imagined a monster: Scaly hands. Pits for eyes..."

When Tracy and her best friend, Lisa, were kids, stories about a man-a creep who exposes himself to little girls-kept them out of the woods and in their own backyards. But Tracy and Lisa aren't so little anymore, and the man in the woods is nothing but a silly story. Right?

But someone is in the woods. Someone is watching. And he knows all their secrets, secrets they can't tell anyone-not even each other.

"Monsters don't exist."

Lisa's just being paranoid. At least that's what Tracy thinks. But when a disturbing "gift" confirms her worst fears, it sets the girls on a dangerous journey that takes them beyond the edge of the woods. They swiftly learn however that reality is more terrifying than the most chilling myth, and what they find will test the bonds of friendship, loyalty, and love.

"Once upon a time, two girls were lost in the woods."

In Barbara's Stewart's What We Knew, Tracy and Lisa can't destroy the evil they'll face, but can they stop it from destroying each other?

“What We Knew” by Barbara Stewart was not at all what I was expecting it to be. The narrator of the story Tracey Kolcun is a very unreliable source. This story is told through Tracy’s eyes and Tracy has so many things going on in her life and the fact that she hallucinated at some point she is unable to give a reliable account of what is truly going on. The characters themselves didn’t have a whole lot of depth to them. I couldn’t get into any of the characters or feel any attachment to them.

The Story. Honestly I am not a fan of the storyline at all. Part of that could be the fact that I am not a big horror story person. The story is about the possibility of the “Banana Man” following these teens. Then the teens themselves are so irresponsible. I honestly just couldn’t get into the story at all. This ended up being another book for my DNF pile.


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Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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