About What the Other Three Don’t Know
Will I still be loved if I show people who I really am?
Four high school seniors. Four secrets about to be told.
If Indie had it her way, she would never choose to river raft with three other high school seniors, mostly strangers to each other, from her journalism class.
A loner, a jock, an outsider, an Instagram influencer. At first they can’t see anything that they have in common. As the trip unfolds, the unpredictable river forces them to rely on each other. Social masks start to fall as, one-by-one, each teen reveals a deep secret the other three don’t know.
One is harboring immense grief and unwilling to forgive after the death of a loved one. One is dealing with a new disability and an uncertain future. One is fearful of the repercussions of coming out. One is hiding behind a carefully curated “perfect” image on Instagram.
Before they get to the end of Hells Canyon, they’ll know the truth about each other and, more importantly, learn something new about themselves.
What the Other Three Don’t Know is a poignant and gripping YA novel about the unlikely friends who accept you for who you really are and the power of self-acceptance.
This is one of those young adult books that really hit me. I loved the way the author wrote it. There were secrets that all of the characters had, that they kept from each other. Even when they were getting close as friends. It really hit me, as I was reading this, that this is what we all do. We keep a part of ourselves back. Maybe it’s something that’s embarrassing, or that makes us seem not quite perfect. The thing with this group of teenagers is they were able to see past the facade that the others put on and get to know the real person. And they liked each other anyway!
The main character of this one is Indie. For one of her classes as a senior, she has to go on a trip. And it’s not just any trip. This is a trip that will take everything Indie has to offer and more. And she has to go on it with three random seniors that will be in her same class.
I liked Indie. The reader got to see glimpses of the real her, the same way the other kids did. I liked that Indie had to push past what she thought she could do. She was forced to go further than anyone would have. And she was better for it. She learned her strength. She learned about forgiveness. And she learned about love.
This is a book that all teenagers should read. I loved it!
I was sent a copy of What the Other Three Don’t Know as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
About author Spencer Hyde
SPENCER HYDE spent three years during high school at Johns Hopkins for severe OCD. He is the author of the YA novel Waiting for Fitz. Spencer worked at a therapeutic boarding school before earning his MFA and his PhD, specializing in fiction, short humor pieces, and essays. Spencer and his wife are the parents of four children.
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