Kate and Mark meet on the first evening of Pride Week in a club in San Francisco. She is running away from her first chance at meeting the girl she is in love with. He is out with his best friend, who he might or might not be in love with. This is the first time they meet outside their calculus class. What follows is a week of revelations, understanding each other more than should be possible, and more good things than they might expect.
I absolutely loved this book. I had picked it up at the bookshop because the story sounded cute and like a great story about queer friendships. I was not disappointed.
The story is told in alternating points of view between Mark and Kate, and I really love how well it worked. It helps that LaCour and Levithan made their voices work together really well.
I really liked the characters they created. They feel very complex and real, and I could connect with them really well. It was also nice to see some plot lines not fully resolved, but in a way that provides some closure. Both Mark and Kate had problems that they had to deal with and that were wrapped up while still leaving things open.
And even though there is heartbreak in this story and not everything goes at smoothly as one might wish (I certainly did wish only the best for both main characters), You Know Me Well is mainly a book about hope and joy and being happy, and the characters learn important lessons from the things they go through.
On top of two great main character there is also an amazingly diverse cast of secondary characters, who have larger and smaller parts in the story. Some of them you’ll like more than others, but most of them aren’t far behind the main characters in complexity.
If you’re looking for a joyful, happy book to read over the summer, I can only recommend You Know Me Well. Please be aware though that there is discussion of physical and emotional abuse that happened to two minor characters.
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 Stars)
Publication Date: 7 June 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Page Count: 250
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
You Know Me Well, told in alternating points of view, is the story of two unlikely confidants. Classmates Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for a year, but have never spoken. One night, far from home, their paths cross, and soon, they realize they know each other better than anyone else. They’ll guide each other through their first loves and heartbreaks, which, by the way, don’t involve each other: Mark is in love with his best friend Ryan, while Kate has been in love with a girl from afar, and may have ruined her chance to meet her.