Thursday, July 21, 2016

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan

When I saw LaCour and Levithan had teamed up to write You Know Me Well, I immediately added it to my library queue. I was not disappointed. I expect top notch writing and wonderful characters from both of these authors and got it. You Know Me Well was hard to put down.

Mark is a baseball player and has lately been fooling around with his best friend, Ryan. Since Ryan isn't out yet, their romantic relationship is secret. Mark is ready for them to be out in the open. Kate is anxious to meet the love of her life as soon as she stops running away. Mark and Kate, who have known each other all school year but never really talked, run into each during pre-Pride festivities in San Francisco, just when they needed each other the most.

Ok, I adored Mark and Kate. Kate is scared. Life is moving too fast. Unlike other high school seniors, Kate isn't anxious for college. She's terrified. In fact she's terrified of a lot. She wants to meet Violet who she's pinned her romantic hopes on. Kate runs away and finds Mark who's in love with his best friend who doesn't appear to be in love with him. Kate and Mark band together to discover themselves and their true loves. I love it when you meet the right person at the right time. And despite not knowing them forever, it feels like you have. Mark and Kate help each other without all the drama of lifelong friends. They have no baggage and are able to really help each other during a tough time. You Know Me Well was an adorable read, a lot like Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist or Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Others who shared their thoughts on You Know Me Well: Ninja's Read  Too, Pen To Paper, and Lia's Bookish Obsession.
This was my fifth read for the LGBTQIA reading challenge.

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