You know me well, Nina LaCour and David Levithan

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, You Know Me Well is a story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time.

This book was cute. 

I dont know, really, what else to say about it, but coming from me about a contemporary book, cute is rather high praise.

And have some higher praise- a book full of LBGTQ+ characters, and guess what? Everyone lives!

This is a slow book. I’m so used to reading action-packed fantasies that picking up this one was refreshing, but also strange.

Its a book about friendship. And I love that friendship- one that springs up from nowhere and helps you through thick, thin and the laughter and struggles. The whole premise is that the book is set over a week, starting with both characters running away from the people who could- or may not- have their hearts and ending up at a party. Because of that small action, the rest of the week starts to fall in to place.
Kate and her best friend argue, Kate meets the girl who she thinks is the love of her life (and keeps running away from her), and she gets her art up in a gallery. Everything seems to just get (mostly) better for her- but Mark’s week is getting worse. His best friend doesn’t love him back and it is breaking his heart. Though through the weeks ups and downs, both teenagers are there or each other.

It’s a book full of longing and learning and love and friendship and everything  in between.

I liked that its about two teenagers who are already openly gay- I’ve read so many books where the storyline is about them coming out that its nice to see a book where they are out well before the start.

It’s a fun read, and I would recommend it to so many people, but really, the only way I can actually sum it up is that it is just, completely cute.


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