I'm ready to lose myself, but I'm not ready to lose you. I'm ready to find myself, but I'm not ready for you to know what I find.
Title: You Know Me Well
Author: Nina LaCour and David Levithan
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Date Published: June 7, 2016
Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?
Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.
That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.
When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other—and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.
Told in alternating points of view by Nina LaCour and David Levithan, You Know Me Well is a story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time.
I have very mixed feelings about You Know Me Well. On one hand, I really enjoyed reading the book. In fact, immediately after finishing, I was going to give it a 5 star rating. However, as I spent some more time thinking about it, I realized that there were some issues with this book that I hadn’t noticed right after reading it.
The main problem that I had with You Know Me Well was that it was unrealistic. I mean, becoming best friends with someone instantaneously after never talking to them before? That is pretty unlikely in my mind. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the friendship that Mark and Kate created, but it happened too fast for my taste. Ultimately, that is why I had to lower my rating from 5 stars to 4 stars.
Other than that, You Know Me Well was a really fun book. I found it to be really great how amidst all of the other stuff going on, there was still plenty of room for humor. Which, at some points in the story, was well needed. The jokes strategically placed throughout the book made it really fun to read.
The best thing about You Know Me Well was definitely the story. We have Mark in love with his best friend, Ryan. And we have Kate meeting and getting to know Violet, the girl she has been wanting to meet forever. Another great thing in this book was the representation. It’s not often that you see books with so much representation, but You Know Me Well is filled to the brim with it! Overall, You Know Me Well has a few flaws, but it is also filled with some amazing things. In addition, it is also very entertaining to read!
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