Review: You Know Me Well

Title: You Know Me Well
Author: Nina LaCour & David Levithan
Release date: June 7th, 2016
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️


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’m iffy on what to rate this, because it didn’t do much for me, but it was so wholesome and had great wlw/mlm solidarity that I want to love it. But, it was just okay.

The story is told in dual POV between Mark and Kate. Both are dealing with their own personal crises and love situations, and discovering who they are and are becoming.

This book is character driven and takes place the last week of high school, which is also pride week. So it was fabulously queer, and carefree, and fun. I just didn’t feel moved by any of it, but I felt like I was supposed to be at parts.

Honestly, I just had a hard time accepting this insta-love with Kate and Violet. Except, it was even more than insta-love. They were in love before they even met. And I just… it didn’t work for me. I wanted to love them, but I would need some actual substance to be able to do so. And we didn’t get that.

My big positives of this book are how wonderfully queer it was, and its depictions of pride events, and a realistic group of friends that is predominantly queer rather than straight. Often, people say a predominantly queer group of characters is unrealistic… but have you ever hung out with queer people? So that was wonderful.

My big negatives were lack of substance in relationships and communication. For it being a character-driven book.. I would like the characters to communicate a bit better, rather than any of the plot going forward being based off the bad communication. I get it, people aren’t always great at communicating, but at least give us some more plot that’s not just that if that’s going to be the case.

So anyway, I wanted to love this but it fell a bit short for me. However, it was quite the feel-good book at times and was a light read. It’s forgettable, but it’s enjoyable.


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