All the Things We Never Knew

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Greenwillow Books
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5.5 X 8.3 X 1.4 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Liara Tamani holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA from Duke University. She is the author of the acclaimed young adult novels Calling My Name, a 2018 PEN America Literary Award Finalist and SCBWI Golden Kite Finalist; All the Things We Never Knew, a 2020 Kirkus Best YA Book of the Year; and What She Missed. Before becoming a writer, she attended Harvard Law School and worked as a marketing coordinator for the Houston Rockets and Comets, production assistant for Girlfriends (TV show), home accessories designer, floral designer, and yoga and dance teacher. She lives in Houston, Texas.


"Two promising Texas basketball players navigate the ups and downs of first love. . . . Funny, smart, and unflinchingly candid. . . . A superb, complex romance full of heart, humor, and unforgettable characters." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Through poetic, economic prose and alternating points of view, Tamani evokes myriad emotions . . . Readers will be easily swept away by this tale exploring the hearts and souls of two emotionally vulnerable athletes." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A masterpiece of a book . . . [and] a poignant love story . . . Tamani's characters are well drawn, her prose is gorgeous, and the imagery is lush. All The Things We Never Knew is a novel that will take readers on a deep dive of what it means to fall in love and grow as a person amidst turmoil." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Tamani masterfully bounces and slams two hearts up and down a shrouded court of first love and revelations. A hard-to-put-down backboard breaker." -- Rita Williams-Garcia, National Book Award finalist and New York Times-bestselling author

"A beautifully poignant love letter: to a first love, to basketball, and to that enigmatic bunch we think we know best, only to discover we don't know at all--family. Tamani's latest is a bright shining star." -- David Arnold, New York Times-bestselling author of Mosquitoland

"Liara Tamani's All the Things We Never Knew is a bighearted, beautiful exploration of fate, family, and the glorious magic of love." -- Elana K. Arnold, National Book Award Finalist and Printz Honor winner

"[Tamani's characters] experience their first love, struggle through polarizing feelings about basketball, and witness the consequences of hiding secrets. . . . A deep dive into the glory and mess of new relationships . . . Engaging." -- School Library Journal

"Carli and Rex have promising basketball careers ahead of them, but their whirlwind romance is challenged by loss, grief and the pressure to succeed. All the Things We Never Knew offers a raw, honest portrait of the bond between two teens on and off the court." -- BookPage

"Basketball star Rex Carrington blows his customary kiss . . . . [and] Carli mistakenly thinks it's meant for her--right before she passes out from a gallbladder attack. . . . Carli and Rex thrust readers into the intensity of first love, dreams of bright futures, and the hope of happily ever after. However . . . the realities of each of their lives encroach upon their relationship. . . . This romance stands out because of its sensitive Black characters . . . who revel in their naïve teenage notions of love and experience all the volatility of adolescence." -- Horn Book Magazine

"Utterly relatable . . . Instantaneous fireworks soon lead to a deeper journey of self-discovery . . . Rex and Carli's romance -- told through tight, dueling point-of-view chapters -- will stick with you." -- Austin American Statesman

"Liara Tamani offers a deeply layered portrait of young love in her dazzling All the Things We Never Knew. She captures both the adrenaline rush of all-encompassing emotion and the deeper joys of being seen for who you truly are. . . . All the Things We Never Knew should cement her star status." -- Austin American Statesman (Entertainment & Life)