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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (2 Jun. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 150982393X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1509823932
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The pacing and voices of LaCour's and Levithan's alternating points of view are on point, keeping this sweet...tale moving gladly forward." -"Kirkus Review"

..".incisively explore(s) the excitement and costs of change, and the importance of friends in figuring out what to keep and what to jettison." -"Publishers Weekly"

"The pacing and voices of LaCour's and Levithan's alternating points of view are on point, keeping this sweet...tale moving gladly forward." -"Kirkus Review"

A "Publishers Weekly" Staff Pick for Best Summer Book of 2016!
A" Bustle" Summer 2016 YA Summer Reading Guide Pick!
A "PopSugar" Best Book of June
A "New York Daily News" Summer Pick for Teens
""You Know Me Well" perfectly encapsulates those fraught, end-all-be-all feelings of high-school romance and graduation. The raw emotion of this novel will delight fans of Rainbow Rowell and John Green." -"BookPage"

"Both authors excel at writing smart, funny, and realistic dialogue. These are characters to whom readers will relate and want to get to know." -"School Library Journal"

..".incisively explore(s) the excitement and costs of change, and the importance of friends in figuring out what to keep and what to jettison." -"Publishers Weekly"

"The pacing and voices of LaCour's and Levithan's alternating points of view are on point, keeping this sweet...tale moving gladly forward." -"Kirkus Review"
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"" Often subtle and always absorbing examination of fraught relationships popular authors LaCour and Levithan tell their heartfelt story seamlessly in chapters that alternate between Mark s and Kate s respective points of view and invite readers emotional engagement with these two empathetic teens. -"Booklist"
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"" A perfect read for the bolter in all of us LaCour and Levithan join together to give an honest view of the anxious teenage psyche. -"Romantic Times"
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"Two powerful forces in YA lit team up to tell one unique story in "You Know Me Well."" -"Bustle"
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"Teens, queer or straight, are often dramatic and unsure of themselves, and by moving its characters beyond the coming-out trope and giving them other questions to focus on, this book gives them room to be."" -Horn Book Review"
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"""LaCour and Levithan are both dab hands at utopian romance."" -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"
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"""Few literary titles have been able to portray adult romance as honestly and believably as LaCour and Levithan manage to in this irresistible teenage tale. I can only hope this isn't the last we hear from Kate and Mark." -Edge Media

"Levithan and LaCour beautifully capture what it s like to have a romance against the backdrop of the cool grey city of love. There is something about this place that renders everything full of magic." -Forever Young Adult

"A sweet, hopeful story about finding the courage to live your truth whatever it may be. And of course, it's a story about the friends who guide us through it all." -"Bustle's" Beach Reads"

A Publishers Weekly Staff Pick for Best Summer Book of 2016!
A Bustle Summer 2016 YA Summer Reading Guide Pick!
A PopSugar Best Book of June
A New York Daily News Summer Pick for Teens
A Seventeen Magazine Best YA Book of 2016

"You Know Me Well perfectly encapsulates those fraught, end-all-be-all feelings of high-school romance and graduation. The raw emotion of this novel will delight fans of Rainbow Rowell and John Green." -BookPage

"Both authors excel at writing smart, funny, and realistic dialogue. These are characters to whom readers will relate and want to get to know." -School Library Journal

..".incisively explore(s) the excitement and costs of change, and the importance of friends in figuring out what to keep and what to jettison." -Publishers Weekly

"The pacing and voices of LaCour's and Levithan's alternating points of view are on point, keeping this sweet...tale moving gladly forward." -Kirkus Review

"Often subtle and always absorbing examination of fraught relationships...popular authors LaCour and Levithan tell their heartfelt story seamlessly in chapters that alternate between Mark's and Kate's respective points of view and invite readers' emotional engagement with these two empathetic teens." -Booklist

"A perfect read for the bolter in all of us... LaCour and Levithan join together to give an honest view of the anxious teenage psyche." -Romantic Times

"Two powerful forces in YA lit team up to tell one unique story in You Know Me Well." -Bustle

"Teens, queer or straight, are often dramatic and unsure of themselves, and by moving its characters beyond the coming-out trope and giving them other questions to focus on, this book gives them room to be." -Horn Book Review

"LaCour and Levithan are both dab hands at utopian romance." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Nina LaCour and David Levithan are two of the best YA authors working right now, and this story is further proof. This fun, sweet novel beautifully captures the power of romantic and platonic love alike." -Seventeen Magazine "Top 10 YA Book of 2016"

"Few literary titles have been able to portray adult romance as honestly and believably as LaCour and Levithan manage to in this irresistible teenage tale. I can only hope this isn't the last we hear from Kate and Mark." -Edge Media

"Levithan and LaCour beautifully capture what it's like to have a romance against the backdrop of the cool grey city of love. There is something about this place that renders everything full of magic." -Forever Young Adult

"A sweet, hopeful story about finding the courage to live your truth -- whatever it may be. And of course, it's a story about the friends who guide us through it all." -Bustle's Beach Reads

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Book Description

A funny, bright YA coming-of-age story about love, friendship and identity. For fans of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green and Rainbow Rowell.

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By Suze Lavender TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Jun. 2016
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It's the San Francisco Pride Week. Mark and Kate are both trying to have a good kickoff night, but they aren't succeeding very well. Kate escapes before actually meeting the girl she was supposed to spend the evening with. She loves her from a distance, but has never had a real conversation with her and she's scared. She ends up at a bar and is surprised when she meets Mark, the guy who sits next to her in Math class. They have never spoken to each other and obviously don't know anything about one another, but things can change. They quickly and suddenly become close friends at a time when they need someone to look out for them the most.

You Know Me Well is a book about two gay teenagers who are struggling with love. Mark is deeply in love and is heartbroken because of it. Kate is talented and has a lot of potential, but she isn't ready to meet people's expectations yet. Mark and Kate both have best friends who are also gay. They shouldn't feel alone, but they do and they need someone to lean on, a person who understands them. There's plenty of beauty in that subject and I really liked it. Love, friendship and plans for the future aren't the most easy things to figure out. There's much to be learned and discovered.

The friendship between Mark and Kate is special. They intuitively feel what the other one needs. What they have in common is that they're having problems with their best friends. Life isn't easy and the last days of high school are strange. A new start will have to be made soon, but before that can happen there's still some time to get through. I loved that the authors chose that vulnerable and exciting emotional period. Even though there is quite a bit of sadness, there's also hope and genuine warmth.
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You Know Me Well was really just an okay read for me. In a way, I found it original, but I also found it pretty unoriginal at the same time, if that makes sense. I mean, I've never read a book like this, but I'm aware of similar books. I just didn't find the idea behind the story unique. I also felt that You Know Me Well should be a really quick read, but it just seemed so slow to me. It probably didn't help that I took about a week to read this book.

You Know Me Well is set in San Francisco, however, I know next to nothing about San Francisco so it was a bit ambiguous. But, of course, that will probably be just me. I would say, though, that the characters could have been placed in any city with no effect on the story at all.

Kate and Mark are both likeable enough as main characters. But I just could not connect with either of them. They kind of annoyed me a bit too. They meet and become best friends in a day - that's almost as bad as insta-love! I also felt they were a bit too cardboard-cut-out-like. I just found very little substance to their characters.

You Know Me Well is told from the alternating first-person perspectives of Kate and Mark. I the authors wrote one of these perspectives each. However, there was no indication as to when the story would change point-of-view, so that irritated me a bit. Both perspectives read fairly similarly too for being different authors, which was actually really good.

For being a fairly short book (compared to other books I've read), it took me ages to finish You Know Me Well. This made the plot feel really slow and I just didn't feel I was getting anywhere. The story is also slightly on the predictable side. It was fairly obvious how it would end in some ways, especially with Mark.
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This is going to be a short review as I don't feel like I have much to say about this. It was really sweet and I enjoyed it so much more than I expected to.

You Know Me Well follows two people who go to the same school but aren't friends who meet at Pride and decide to be friends after their love lives seem to be sinking.

I tried reading Two Boys Kissing a few months ago and I just couldn't, so I was a bit wary of David Levithan's books, but I really liked this. The chapters alternate POVs, which I'm assuming means each writer did a character themselves, however, despite this, it wasn't obvious when reading that it was cowritten. Everything worked well together and it didn't feel disjointed at all. Along with that I loved seeing a boy/boy story t the same time as girl/girl it was nice to read.

I read some criticism saying that it felt contrived that Mark and Kate just decided to be friends, but that stuff happens all the time, especially when LGBT stuff is involved. I think I've just decided to be friends with people in the past. There's nothing wrong with it.

This book wasn't just about relationships it was about kids experiencing life and trying to figure everything out. It felt like their lives were falling apart at the same time as their love lives, and there was some interesting themes in this book.

Overall it was just a sweet read and I'm glad I eventually read it.
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I was immediately drawn in from the beginning of the very first page with the writing style. It was so wonderfully authentic and confiding, and it made me automatically believe in Mark and his story. With dual-narrative books, both authors need to ensure they craft out authentic voices, and LaCour and Levithan did this seamlessly. I could feel the aching of Mark's unrequited love, Kate's confusion about her loyalties between her best friend and a girl she's never met, and both of their identity crises that heighten and grow more complex throughout the novel. The narrative not only made the book an effortless and enjoyable read, but drove the story forward and made me want to crazily read on and find out what happens next. As is characteristic of Levithan, the story was fantastically paced and carefully crafted in terms of plot.

I adored the premise of the story. I have never read a book set in amidst the glittery chaos of Pride, and it was a fantastic setting in which to place a handful of characters who are unsure of their place in it yet. I myself have never been to a Pride event before, but this book definitely made me want to. LaCour and Levithan so flawlessly created an atmosphere that was joyful, inclusive and vibrant through their writing, and it was great to read about. I have read a few LGBT books but never one set in Pride, and I felt this made the story so much more striking, and showcased blatantly and without reserve the community's inclusivity and acceptance of people from all cultures, religions and backgrounds.

I thought the characters were very complex and well-developed, especially Ryan, who I spent almost the entirety of the book trying to figure out.
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