You Know Me Well: A Novel by David LevithanYou Know Me Well: A Novel by David Levithan

You Know Me Well: A Novel

byDavid Levithan, Nina Lacour

Hardcover | June 7, 2016

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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.

A book told in alternating points of view by Nina LaCour, the award-winning author of Hold Still and The Disenchantments, 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.

NINA LACOUR is the award-winning author of Hold Still, The Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You. A former indie bookseller and high school English teacher, she lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.DAVID LEVITHAN is the New York Times bestselling author of many YA novels, including Another Day, Two Boys Kissing, ...
Title:You Know Me Well: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.6 × 5.78 × 0.99 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250098645

ISBN - 13:9781250098641


Rated 2 out of 5 by from You Know Me Well I did not enjoy this story as much as I was expecting to. I am delighted that this novel involves Queer representation through both of the main characters and the side characters, and I was excited to pick up the novel for that reason. Although I didn't end up loving this book, I will say that it wasn't just wasn't what I was looking for. I would still recommend this novel.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok Interesting story. Not really my thing
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from THIS WAS THE PERFECT SUMMER READ! You Know Me Well is a book that really actually does know me well: I love books like this, that have a bit of unique substance in it that we can never really find in real YA. Honestly? I enjoyed it so much because an amazing author contributed to the story, and added in his own perspective (most definitely Mark's perspective, which I enjoyed reading more than Kate's), David Levithan. This is a book that I unfortunately was not able to pick up at BEA this year, but was sent it straight to my house a few weeks later from the publisher. This is a two-perspective novel written with the concept of pride and LGBTQ happiness. Our two protagonists, Kate and Mark, both explore their opportunities in the lovely setting of San Francisco (I WANT TO GO THERE NOW) and the Bay Area. And the best thing? They are not in love with each other. Kate is lesbian while Mark is gay, and they both become unexpected friends when in a club one night. This was written spectacularly. As always, two amazing YA authors collaborating turns out fantastic. This was poetic, lyrical, and had that interesting use of language that captivated me from the first page. I had a few issues with the plot, momentarily becoming boring at times, but the writing is important for me when I'm reading these kinds of inspirational stories. This seriously is an inspirational story. Although you may not be LGBTQ, it is a story that will make you have pride and look at things from a different perspective. We see two characters striving to get a good ending in the end, wanting to be getting the person that they initially wanted and wished for, and it just turned out pretty great. We are first introduced to Mark, who is in love with his best friend, Ryan. They both aren't an official couple, but they have had their bright moments when things got better than Mark would ever expect. One night, during Pride Month, they head out to a club, and things get out of control when Mark parties so hard that he stands on top of the bar and goes crazy. He then meets his Calculus seating partner, Kate, and they instantly become friends, both battling their relationship issues together. "I am looking into Ryan's eyes and I know I am going to take that public kiss, that kiss that would have changed everything, and I am going to fold it up until it id too small to ever be found again" (143). I really enjoyed reading both sides of the story. I preferred Mark's, as mentioned before, because I normally always prefer to read a guy's side of the story, because men think things and do things differently than us gals do/think. Mark was hilarious, contained every characteristic that David Levithan's characters usually have. I just wanted THE SHIPS TO HAPPEN, TO SAIL. Ryark needed to occur. And then Kate was pretty great too, though I couldn't relate to her artistic personality. Kate is set to go to UCLA for art (very ambitious, am I wrong?) and she's obsessed with her best friend's cousin (I'm pretty sure it was that, it was so complicated to be honest), Violet, who is also lesbian. FOR ONCE WE HAVE A STORY WHERE THE GIRL/BOY DOESN'T TRY TO MAKE THEIR TRUE LOVE GAY. That happens quite often in many books I have read, and it honestly either turns out one way or the other, but Levithan and LaCour just made this so natural. The whole book was natural. There was nothing absurd or weirdly explained about it. It's teenagers being teenagers, friendship blooming. There is so much buzz revolving around this newly-released story, perfect for Pride Month (which just happened!) and it's definitely worth it. I would say that this is one of the better LGBTQ books out there, because we readers immediately understand, and it doesn't fully have to do with everything gay and rainbow. But it stands with a perfect message that I need everyone to pick up and figure out for themselves. I loved the friendship between Kate and Mark—even though they were boy and girl, not in love with each other, their connection was inevitable, was precious. It's rare for us to explore adventurous friendships these days in novels, but I feel like we just did. Something that could be debatable is the setting of the book: the timing specifically. This is very fast-paced, and although it's not so relatable in terms of actual reality, I enjoyed the novel anyway. THIS WAS THE PERFECT SUMMER READ. I just want to travel to San Fran and explore and hang out with the cutest friend group ever.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from May be better and more relatable for younger readers Every now and again I read a book that I can’t relate to. This book was not a bad book. I simply could not connect with the characters and their struggles (I’m referring to their general struggles with love and school). I feel like a teenager in high school or a young adult in college would connect much more with Kate, Mark and their friends. The way they see adults, their past, present and future, reminds me of being young. It makes me realise how much I thought I knew but really didn’t, which I find a little irritating. The characters are closed minded, moody and self-obsessed. It’s fine because that’s often how we feel as teenagers, but his is a book for readers who want to be brought back to that period of their life.
Date published: 2016-11-25

Editorial Reviews

A Publishers Weekly Staff Pick for Best Summer Book of 2016A Bustle Summer 2016 YA Summer Reading Guide PickA PopSugar Best Book of JuneA New York Daily News Summer Pick for TeensA 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