Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review: You Know Me Well*

I know I've only really been doing mini round-up reviews of books each month, but I couldn't not do a stand-alone one for this book. I am a big fan of YA books, so getting to read You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour before it's published in June was an absolute pleasure.

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, the best-selling author of Every Day and co-author of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green), You Know Me Well is a deeply honest story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time.

I hadn't actually read any books by either author before reading this, but do know of two that David Levithan had co-wrote (Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) and I'm certainly going to add them as authors on my to-read list. I also think this is one of the first books I've read that has multiple authors, and I loved that they came together to create such a wonderful read.

The story was so well written, and had me not wanting to put it down (which doesn't work when you read on the journey to and from work!). I found it a fairly easy read, and finished it fairly quickly for my reading speed at the moment. I put that down to the fact that it was full of energy, inspiration and was just beautifully written.

I loved both of the main characters. It had the focus of two familiar teenage loves (one where you're in love with your best friend, and the other where you want to run away from love) as well as a focus on friendship and finding yourself - all things that teenagers worry about. It was almost comforting reading a story of love and heartbreak, knowing that that is exactly what falling in love at sixteen can be like. Even now in my twenties, I found the emotions shared in the book incredibly relatable, and it's that realness that draws you into Kate and Mark's lives.

I cannot wait to share this book with some of my other YA loving friends, and if you want to get your hands on a copy yourself You Know Me Well is out on 2nd June.

Sophie x
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