You Know Me Well

You Know Me Well

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Mark and Kate sit next to each other in school but are barely acquainted until they meet at a San Francisco club during Pride Week and connect over each one's forbidden love.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250098641
Branch Call Number: YAF LACOUR, NINA
Characteristics: 250 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Levithan, David - Author


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I love this book.

I may like it cause I'm a pansexual 13 year old, and I'm a sucker for LGBT romances, but its honestly one of the cutest books I've ever read.

You get so attached to the characters, and the story line is kinda cheesy? But its cute at the same time.

Nov 27, 2018

I believe this was quite a cheesy read, but was not bad nonetheless. It really explored teenagers' young interests and experimentation with love which is great, but without the typical cliches it would have been much much better. Otherwise, LaCour did a magnificent job styling the curiosity of young lovers and the outcomes. Despite being cheesy, it was cute and I would recommend it to 16-18 year old young adults. I hope Nina LaCour makes more books like this except with more drama and action as well as realistic tendencies as expected by teenagers. @SecretBlossom of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

You know me well was a disappointing read. I had high hopes going into reading it and I was let down. That’s not to say the book was bad or not enjoyable, though. This book definitely has its wonderful parts and was obviously good enough that I was able to finish it. This book was pretty light and fluffy, though it did feel a little bit fake deep. I wish it didn’t try to share a lesson or moral and instead would have just let me enjoy the story. I liked the two main characters, but I did get a bit frustrated with the POV switches. I really did love how the story lines of the two main characters were woven together. It felt seamless and not at all forced. I did have my problems with this book but overall I still enjoyed it. 3/5
- @nickreads of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Apr 18, 2017

I will admit this story is cheesy, but if you don't mind a little cotton candy fluff and flamboyancy then it isn't a bad story at all. The characters were more dynamic than most lgbt themed YA novels which is a plus. Overall it is a well rounded story that is a good, lighthearted read.

ArapahoeLesley Dec 22, 2016

Essentially sticky cotton candy, albeit a rainbow colored one which is nice to see. Too sweet for me but there were some okay bits.

Aug 14, 2016

As a superfan of the great David Levithan, I looked forward to yet another queer YA novel. This co-write isn't nearly as fun as his books written with Rachel Cohn, but that the two protagonists are both queer is pretty cool in itself. I love that the book tackles tricky relationships through Mark and his sometimes-boyfriend Ryan that felt genuine and certainly relateable (as someone who is almost in the exact same situation as those two). Kate's story is a bit harder to get a grasp on as it's mostly internal conflict; although I was able to understand what she was going through, I didn't find it all that compelling. The two characters' initial meeting requires some suspension of disbelief as well -- some will likely find it funny and endearing, some will likely find it contrived. I'm on the border. All in all, a decent read.

Jun 24, 2016

When I recieved You Know Me Well in the mail, I immidately started reading, realizing it was the kind of book I needed in that moment. It's a book that explores what it means to be out and proud, but also attempting to figure out the next steps in what that actually means. I really adored the way in which the alternative POVs were used, though I did find myself loving Kate's POV slightly more than Mark's.

This book has a very memorable opening, one that when you read it, really does a great job illustrating who both Mark and Kate are when they are "truly" themselves. It's a pitch perfect scene that escalates into a delightful story and an unlikely friendship between two people who likely wouldn't have become friends if it wasn't for this event.

A lot of this novel is very vibrant, and given that it take splace during San Francisco's Pride, that makes a lot of sense. However, not only were our protaginists wonderful to read about, but I actually loved their love interests. While the topic of a broken heart and finding your identity are nothing new, it's hard not to feel for Mark in a lot of this novel given that he has to watch his best friend fall in love with another person. Kate's situation is equally something we can all relate to, as she is trying to be the woman she wants to be, and love the woman she wants to love without issue.

I flew through this novel simply because it does an amazing job of sharing what it means to be yourself, while also letting others in who may be afraid to do so. If you love LGBTQIA+ literature, or you love contemporary that focuses on tougher issues, this novel will give you just about everything you're looking for.

TSCPL_LissaS Jun 01, 2016

As queer teen characters are featured in more YA fiction, including teen romances, the gay best friend or the lesbian couple are commonplace.

I didn't know what to make of the unlikely pairing between a lesbian artist who is about to graduate and a gay baseball star facing junior year SAT prep. It makes sense to me that they have so little in common that in an entire year of sitting next to each other in Calculus class, they never found a reason to speak to each other.

Until-- their eyes meet across a crowded club where he is dancing on a bar in only his underwear and she is skulking at a table alone, avoiding meeting the girl of her dreams.

And then, unexpectedly, they fall madly, supportively, whole-heartedly into….friendship?

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who reads YA books, and I will be selectively hand-selling it to adults in my life who might want to broaden their vision of who might make a wonderful new friend.

This book was reminiscent of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist in a lovely way and captures the perfect intensity of the quickly changing life transitions of upper teens.


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