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

Thursday, 2 June 2016

You Know Me Well | David Levithan and Nina LaCour | June 2nd 2016
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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I really liked this book!

Mark and Kate came out to their friends and family before the events of the book start and I think that made it quite a refreshing read. I'm used to reading LGBT books where the characters are struggling to come out or accept who they are so it was nice to read about two main characters who are comfortable with who they are. Those kinds of stories are also enjoyable, and equally as important, but I liked that Mark and Kate's normal teenage problems were explored and they just so happened to be gay.

Our two main characters have sat next to each other in class but don't speak until they meet by chance during Pride Week. Kate's nerves have caused her to run away from meeting the possible girl of her dreams and Mark is dealing with unrequited love with his best friend. They strike up a friendship at a time where they both need a good friend to talk their issues through with.

Kate and Mark become friends very quickly but it felt realistic and I really enjoyed their friendship. Whilst Kate is learning how to take a leap and fall in love, Mark is learning how to fall out of love and move on. It was a nice contrast and I loved how they supported each other.

You Know Me Well explores the scariness of new relationships, unrequited love and the different possibilities that the future holds. It has a great cast of characters and the fact it takes place during Pride Week added a really fun atmosphere. A beautiful story that reads wonderfully well.

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