Book Review: You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina LaCOUR

Title: You Know Me Well
Author: David Levithan & Nina LaCOUR
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
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, the award-winning author of Hold Still and The Disenchantments, and David Levithan, the best-selling author of Every Day and co-author ofNick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green), You Know Me Well is a deeply honest story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time.

“Maybe it was never really mine in the first place.”
You Know Me Well catches my attention right away when I found out David Levithan was one of the authors. I love his books Every Day and Another Day, as for Nina LaCour, I’ve seen her book Everything Leads To You. I always wonder what was that all about and I made a mental note to read it soon. When I saw the book cover I fell in love with it right away, eye-candy and it’s the type of book where you can just stare at the cover for a long time. 
Now for my review; I could say this book fall on a genre that something I don’t read often, I don’t have a problem with LGBT books. To be honest it is a good challenge for me since I’m trying to read book/s with a different genre than the one I am used to reading. 
I wonder what would happen if I stopped walking, if I let the crowd fill up the space between us. Would he notice? Would he wade back to find me? Or would he keep going, because forward is his destination and I am not?

The story of You Know Me Well is about friendship, relationship and moving forward. I find this book fantastic, why not? Meeting a different person in a place you don’t expect you will be? Finding someone you didn’t expect you’ll be friends with? It was extraordinary. This is a type of book where you will find yourself turning the pages and a type of book where you will ask yourself what will happen between the characters. I adore the book so much to the point where I can’t wait to find a copy in the local bookstores and like I’ve mentioned, I like the cover it will be perfect for my shelf! *winks*
“There are so many ways to let people down, not nearly as many to get it right.”
Kate and Mark met in a bar, it was an unexpected moment. Things happened so fast between them and since then, they decided to be each other’s knight in shining armor. Their friendship is something you can’t compare to anybody. Despite their differences they accepted and supported each other, they were behind each other’s back even when they think they were all alone. Kate has a different story to tell, Mark too but both of them moved on and did an amazing job.

“when you’re a teenager there?s this rule: You aren’t supposed to make decisions based on love. You are supposed to tell your heart that it’s an immature and fickle thing. You’re supposed to remind yourself of Romeo and Juliet and how badly it turned out for them.”


NINA LACOUR is the award-winning author of Hold StillThe Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You. A former indie bookseller and high school English teacher, she lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

DAVID LEVITHAN is the New York Times bestselling author of many YA novels, including Another DayTwo Boys KissingEvery DayBoy Meets BoyNick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (written with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (written with John Green). By day, he works as an editor. By night, he lives in New Jersey.       

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