“You’re becoming. You’re in the process of becoming. You just don’t know what yet.
That felt right. It felt okay to stop there, for now, as we walked through the future.”
― David Levithan,
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.
This is a book I picked up on a whim. I hadn’t heard anything about it,but I’d heard great things about David Leviathan so I figured why not? I remember being really excited about the synopsis when I picked it up in June. However, months passed (almost a year) and I forgot what it was about. So, I decided to just dive in. No preconceived notions. Let me tell you guys, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
David Leviathan and Nina LaCour are LGBTQ+ authors. Therefore, the stories of our protagonists felt more authentic. Mark and Kate weren’t stereotypes. They weren’t “the gay guy” and “the lesbian.” They were fully formed human beings. They didn’t adhere to the norms that media forces on them. That made this peek into their lives even more impactful.
Outside of our main characters we also meet a cast of background characters. Each of them are different and unique. This book truly encompasses the lives of these teens. I was impressed by the variety of our cast of characters and that David and Nina could make each one of them feel individual and important.
This story is a true coming of age story. There are no easy answers. Mark and Kate are teens trying to navigate who they are and what they want out of life. The problems they face are realistic and devastating to teens. When reading this book I went through a range of emotions. It felt raw and real. I truly loved the storytelling in this novel.