Book Review: You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina LaCour

Hola everyone! July has been quite the month for me! I’ve had multiple events and activities, so hopefully, that kind of explains why this is the first post of the month! Unfortunately, due to my busy schedule, I’m also behind on my Goodreads challenge by one book. Hoping to make that up, but for now, here are my thoughts on You Know Me Well.

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Cliche count: ✭✭✭✭

Overall rating:✭✭✭✭✭

Synopsis

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.


Favorite Quotes

“Sometimes it’s enough just to put something out into the world.”

Page 94

“You can keep doing what you’re supposed to, what you’re expected to, and tell yourself it’s what you want…but if you don’t really believe it, if all that time you’re harboring a doubt so deep it creeps into even your best moments, and you break the rules and step away…you are going to have to explain it to yourself.”

Page 207

“There will be old people who fought hard for what we all have now. There will be babies who will only know a country where everyone can marry. There will be signs reminding us of how far we still have to go. We’ll watch everyone go by, and our hearts will swell with the sight of it.”

Page 247

Cover: I personally prefer the American cover of this book by far! Ours is so cute with the stars and the Golden Gate Bridge!

Chapter length/pacing: The chapter-length & pacing for this book was great! Not too little, not too much. I also love how it was paced because it was told by days of the week, and every day was full of adventure.

Characters: The characters were lovely in this book. I connected to most of them on great levels and out of all of them, I liked Kate and Ryan the best. I found myself fond of Kate due to me sorta in her shoes at this point in my life. With her being ancy about college/life choices, and struggling to find courage, I felt sympathy and related to her worries.

Ryan struck me because he’s a passionate character and he evoked feelings out of me. For example, I was mad at him for a while for breaking Mark’s heart, but when he texted Mark and said he needed him and Mark found him crying his eyes out in bed, I felt sympathy and I stopped being bitter. He also reminded me of Damian from Mean Girls OOPS.

Moving on, I wanted so much more out of Violet! I feel like I began to connect with her?? But overall, she remained a mystery in my mind. I really wanted to discover her personality and know things other than she’s impulsive in a good way, she came from the circus, and she isn’t sure what she wants out of life. I loved what I got, but I wanted more.

Lastly, I liked Mark in this book, but I didn’t love him. I couldn’t picture him and he felt kinda 2D (even though his emotions were very much 3D.) I think he’s more of a great comfort character for when your heart is broken because he validates all the feelings you may have in times of distraught. In reality, if I was going through heartbreak, I definitely would’ve liked him more.

It was so refreshing to read a book that was jam-packed with characters of more than two genders. The diversity was astounding. I feel like this book is super important for not only LGBT+ allies to read but those that are a part of the community themselves. As an outsider looking in, it truly seemed to be a gay utopian society (which some can argue is misleading since it doesn’t portray much discrimination of LGBT+ people,) but to me, I think it may be a “feel good” book for those that are actually facing that discrimination. I mean, some of us read to temporarily get away from our reality. So for someone who’s living in a non-utopian society (aka everyone alive), it’s good to read of what could be someday and inspire our LGBT+ members to stay strong for future generations. There’s really not much I can say that I didn’t like about this book. It may seem biased since Levithan is one of my favorite authors, but work like this just proves why he’s one of my favorite authors.

So there are my thoughts on You Know Me Well. If you’ve read it, let me know what you think about it! Also, there should be at least one more post this month!

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