ARC Review: You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

ARC Review: You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour
You Know Me Well
by David Levithan, Nina LaCour

Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQIA, Young Adult
Publication date: June 7th, 2016
by St. Martin's Griffin

Format: eARC


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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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

You Know Me Well is an incredibly well-written feel-good book that doesn’t hold up as well when you start examining some of the finer threads that make up the novel. Never-the-less, it moved me and made me feel lots of mushy gushy things.

One of the finer threads I am referring to is the way time works in this novel. While I occasionally enjoy stories that take place during a short timeline, there are times when it doesn’t work for me and I become painfully aware of the short period of time in which the story is taking place. This was the case with You Know Me Well. The events in the book takes place over a week and given the pacing of this book, everything goes by really fast and it all just seems like a week isn’t enough for such major things to happen.

There is also a perfect quality to the ways in which everything works out. It seems almost fairy-tale and unearthly. Like bad things happen but also, lots of good things, which is completely valid and a thing that happens in real life but there are SO many highs and lows and conflicts and resolutions within the span of 5 days that it seems unreal.

Even though the book seems unreal at times, it is also captivating and sweeps you away on a magical journey about growing up, first love, friendship and all that jazz. You Know Me Well is also one of the few books that in my opinion tackles college in a manner that is actually realistic.

Kate for one has a tendency to hide from her problems and it takes her a while to realize that she isn’t actually ready for college even though she got into one of her top (if not the top) choices. Sometimes, you aren’t ready. Sometimes things happen and you need time to figure out the person you are before you are ready to tackle the challenge of college/university.

Along the way, Kate also makes a new friend who she has a healthier relationship with and also helps her realize the ways in which her past relationships have changed and also the ways in which she might have expectations from these relationships that aren’t necessarily real.

Miles is this friend and the way in which these two engage with one another is AMAZING. It’s one of the best friendships I’ve read in a while and made me all mushy inside.  

Miles is the other main character of the novel and one who had a painful journey with love. He is in love with his best friend and things might not end with the HEA he wants. Miles has to figure out what relationships matter to him and deal with the fact that HEAs don’t always happen in the way in which one might expect.

Basically, both these character are wonderful and adorable and so much fun to read about. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who needs a feel-good book that won’t fail to make you smile.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.8
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  1. says

    I am so on the fence with this book! I read a chapter from it and while I don’t think it’s bad, I also don’t think this is going to be an instant favorite and I’m sort of waiting around for a book that will WOW me right now. I’m just in that type of a mood, you know? I think I’ll wait to pick this up a little later on in the summer. Thanks for such a honest review, Rashika! Gorgeous, as always! :)
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  2. says

    David Leviathan is an author with whom I’ve admired even though I’ve yet to read any of his books. I think it’s his presence online that got to me. Much has been said about him being a prolific author, though, so I’m taking everyone’s words for it (including yours). I bought this book last week, and I can’t wait to read it. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Rashika. <3
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  3. says

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one! I’ve heard so much about it, but I’m not completely sold yet. I am a big advocate for LGBT+ books, so that aspect really appeals to me, especially because it’s not the coming out story, told again. However, I’m not sure on the plot – something about it doesn’t really appeal to me, yet I’m not sure what. I’m like you in the way that books set over a short time span can be hit or miss. I’ll have to be wary of that when I read this one, then! Lovely review ♥

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  4. says

    Interesting! I mean this definitely does not seem like my kind of book, because I would probably also be harping on the believability, but it does sound like a fun read. BECAUSE FRIENDSHIP IS SPECIAL. Oh, but maybe I will have to read about this because COLLEGE.

    Awesome review BB8
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  5. says

    Will your fellow potatoes get mad if I leave a comment that is barely about this book? I liked it, I guess. Less than you did, but I liked it. I liked Mark a lot. And Kate (again, less so). And their friendship. And the Pride Week stuff.

    I went swimming today, and the chlorine has burned my eyes. It’s a long story about my parents’ pool chemicals that no one wants to hear. Also, I forgot to restock my room fridge and my Cherry Coke Zero is not as cold as I’d like. Bye now.
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