Today we're excited to celebrate the cover reveal for 

Everything I Thought I Knew by Shannon Takaoka,

releasing 10/13/2020 from Candlewick Press!

Before we get to the cover, here's a note from the author:

Hello YABC! It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I couldn’t ask for a better week to share the cover of EVERYTHING I THOUGHT I KNEW with you… you’ll see why when you scroll down!

This cover. I loved it from the second I saw it—it’s dreamy, ethereal, a little bit cosmic and perfectly captures the essence of my story, which focuses on a girl questioning everything about who she is and who she wants to be following a heart transplant. From the gorgeous, nebula-like colors, to the main image, to the dissolving font, it all just works together so beautifully. I can’t thank Candlewick’s designer, Matt Roeser, enough. He absolutely nailed it. (You can see some of his other work at www.mattmakesbooks.com – all of his covers are awesome.) Read on for more about the book and for details on how to win a signed ARC. Thanks for checking out my cover! 

Shannon Takaoka (EVERYTHING I THOUGHT I KNEW, Candlewick Press)












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Shannon Takaoka

Release date: 10/13/2020

About the Book

Here’s one of the many things I thought I knew that turns out to be wrong: you need to fall in love to end up with a broken heart.

That’s not how it was for me. At least not at first.

Seventeen-year-old Chloe had a plan: work hard, get good grades, and attend a top-tier college. But after she collapses during cross-country practice and is told she needs a new heart, all her careful preparations are laid to waste. Six months after her transplant, everything is different. Stuck in summer school with the underachievers, the “new Chloe” takes heedless risks, like skipping her anti-rejection meds while running wild with the class party girl and nearly crashing a motorcycle she’s not even licensed to drive. Even more unsettling: her recurring nightmares of dying and the strange, vivid memories she doesn’t recognize as her own.

The only place Chloe feels at home is in the ocean, where she’s learning to surf the Pacific’s wild waves and slowly falling for her instructor, Kai. But as her strange symptoms continue, she becomes more and more convinced that something is wrong with her new heart—or even worse, her mind. As Chloe searches for answers, what she learns will lead her to question everything she thought she knew about life, death, love, identity and the true nature of reality.


About the Author

Shannon Takaoka is a YA fiction and marketing writer who loves books (of course), pop culture, podcasts, running, hiking, good food and lots of coffee. She’s especially into all things nerdy, spooky or a little bit strange. (Time travel? Weird science-y stuff? Speculative realities? Yes, please.) Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Shannon now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two children and one very needy dog, who is probably trying to lean on her keyboard as we speak.

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Giveaway Details

3 winners will each receive a signed ARC of EVERYTHING I THOUGHT I KNEW, when available. Open US/Canada.

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