You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
Genre: Romance, LGBT
Synopsis: 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.
I’ve read Nina Lacour’s work before in Summer Days and Summer Nights. I haven’t read anything by Levithan, but I’ve heard of his books. From what I know, these authors are solicitous about LGBT because their main characters are homosexuals. This book brings awareness to LGBTQ because it’s set during Pride Week in San Francisco.
This book was a fast-paced read and it was unauthentic. How Kate and Mark met at the bar, in the beginning, I thought didn’t cut it:
“Do you want to be friends with me?” I ask him.
He cocks his head.
“I know that makes me sound like I’m in preschool or something. It’s not even the main question, but I feel like we should establish a friendship before I ask you what I really want to ask you. I’ve spent the whole day, the whole school year, really, realizing that I might not actually like my friends all that much. Which is why I’m at a bar by myself on a night when everyone else is with other people. I wasn’t supposed to be here, but here I am, and then here you are, and it’s like a flashing arrow is pointing at you, telling me that you are someone I should know.”
This made the book unconvincing since the book was centered around their friendship. I know that it’s fiction, but she doesn’t know anything about him and has not said a word to him when she sat next to him in class.
From reading other books, an aspect that made some of them more interesting was that it wasn’t told in one point-of-view. This book is told in two POWs, but it simply didn’t make the book any better.
You could try this book if you want a different, quick kind of book.