A boy recently released from jail and the daughter of a prosecutor fall for each other against the odds in Prerna Pickett's YA novel, If You Only Knew.
Corey has just been released from jail, and all he wants is a new beginning. But when his former gang comes knocking, Corey agrees to vandalize the home of Kent Hopper, the prosecutor who put him away.
To erase the guilt she carries from getting away with a crime, Tessa spends most of her nights riding her motorcycle. When she catches Corey destroying her father’s car, she doesn’t see a criminal: She sees a way to finally right her own wrongs. So instead of turning Corey over to the police, she convinces her father to give Corey a second chance.
As Tessa and Corey spend more time with each other, it becomes difficult to ignore the pull between them. But they’re both keeping secrets, and when those secrets come to light, they’ll each have to face their demons in order to have a future together.
|Publisher:||Feiwel & Friends|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Prerna Pickett believes in magic, fairytales, and unicorns. Writing was always her dream job and now she gets to live the dream. When Prerna isn’t writing, she can usually be found daydreaming about writing, or at the library helping her five kids choose books. If You Only Knew is her debut novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Brilliant story, completely blew me away and stole my heart! I absolutely loved the main characters, Tessa and Corey. Tessa is the daughter of the prosecutor and Corey is a member of a gang who has just been released from jail. Corey is persuaded by his gang to vandalize Tessa’s home. By accident, Tessa sees him. Corey comes to the house and confesses to her dad that he was the culprit. Her dad wants to give Corey another chance and he agrees that Corey can come and help clean the mess. Tessa is guilt ridden about a crime she committed and feels that Corey being given a second chance helps to right her wrong. Corey is not really a bad boy, he just made some bad choices. His dad, now dead, had worked for the mysterious Mr X who was involved in drug dealing, and other criminal activities. Corey opted to work for Mr X in order to help his family. Corey did draw the line at drug dealing though. He was forced to stay in the gang to keep his mom and brother safe. A great story with twists that were unexpected. I loved it and it is on my list of ‘best ever’ books. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Children’s Publishing group and Swoon Read for the advance reader copy, If You Only Knew, by Prerna Pickett in exchange for an honest review. What a great, thrilling slow burn romantic read! I loved both Corey and Tessa; they both have secrets that stop them from being the people they know they can and should be. Corey broke my heart; his life in the “gang” (plus his year in jail) with X and Vance has totally dominated and torn his life apart. He fears daily for his mother and brother because X and Vance have threatened Corey’s family with harm if he does not continue to carry out their dubious plans. But there is so much more to Corey; he has a soft side, a joking side, and a protective side. Tessa is lucky but plucky; she has a Dad who cares, no money problems (like Corey) and lots of friends. It is the ache of losing her erratic mother years ago that pushed her into destructive behavior and an angry relationship with ex, Jared. I could not stop turning the pages, the many twists and turns kept me riveted as I rooted for Tessa and Corey. Teens will love their adventures; the motorcycle, the race, their date, and the chemistry of their attraction; highly recommended for those who love Katie McGarry and Jennifer L. Armentrout romances. This book will be a hit with teens!