You Know Me Well

Finished You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 of Nick 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.”

I am so incredibly in love with this book.  It’s this incredibly sweet book that deals with so many things—love, friendship, the end of high school—and deals with them all so perfectly.  (Seriously, while this book is incredibly swoon-worthy and clever, the word I keep returning to is “poignant.”)

I love the way that it balances beginnings and endings, which is basically the end of high school anyway, right?

It seems to always be the case that if David Levithan cowrote a book, I prefer the other author’s chapters more, and that was still the case this time.  (That’s not a slam on him; I really loved Mark’s chapters this time, too—it’s just that Nina LaCour/Kate’s chapters are just actual perfection.)

I really hope there’s a sequel.  I want to know what happens with everyone in this book, even the characters we barely meet.

Highly recommended.


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