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You Know Me Well: A Novel Hardcover – June 7, 2016
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"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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I don't think I'm giving away too much, but read the book as though this was retrospective. The characters act and think like adults. I thought there were even some indicators that aged the characters closer to my age then a high school graduate now. This is part of what I found so great about this book, it's a re-imagined high school experience if you knew everything you learn in the five years after. I think that if you are an adult (I'm 24) there are some great take-a-ways and you will not be bored.
Also, Tegan and Sara (the band) are central figures in this book and important to understand one of the character's friendships. If you read closely some song lyrics and titles are scattered throughout the book. I thought this was a truly clever detail.
The funny bits will really, truly make you laugh it out (not the mental, soundless lol we've grown accustomed to thanks to the dawn of the technological age) and the realities it held within (quite a lot of reality) will hit you regardless of gender and especially if you've grown out of your youth a bit and is missing that certain tingly part of being so young and so untampered with by the incoming tidal wave of adult responsibilities (internal strained groaning here).
P.S. I still think Ryan is a (cuss word here) and I just applaud Mark for being such a manly gay man who is gay.
And Violet and Kate are just such beauties. So optimistic. Really, they are - in spite of all the emotional twiddle-dums they spurt out loud and inwardly.
We get a young teen coming of age, laced with edgy sarcastic humour. But this time the portrayal felt more realistic to me than in many of Levithan’s other titles. And just when I was sure the direction the book would take – it shot off on a tangent. I wasn’t expecting the big Pride fest either. A little cheesy, a little overdone gayness, but had an easy flow and captured my interest from the get go – I could barely put it down. Not that its compelling, rather more engaging and heart-warming. I connected with Mark and Kate more than I have with any of the cast in Levithan’s previous novels. And it was great to have a lesbian perspective. Most of his books have been dominated with a gay male perspective – it was great to see more than one gender represented.
Mark is an all American boy in love with his best friend. I like how he finds his sense of adventure, but never knows his destination. Kate was interesting, sensitive, yet with a strong sense of who she was. She just needed the confidence to say it out loud. To go for what she wants. And their relationship was beautiful. Instead of instalove, it took the shape of instafriends… and I have experienced that single moment of attraction to someone who has become a life-long friend. I understand the connection and feeling, and haven’t seen it represented so succinctly in a book before.
We also get a great supportive cast, each with their own path.
Honestly, it was touching to read a depiction of a friendship between gay and lesbian teens – it’s not something I see represented a lot in literature – or in real life. In the GLBT community there seems to be a segregation and cliques. It’s more common to see a gay man and his female best friend in this genre.
Overall fantastic tension and angst – almost palpable. And a sensible (happy) ending. This kind of light-hearted, pleasant read is what keeps me coming back to YA contemporary when I need a lift and an afternoon in the sunroom reading.
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Ich bin selbst nicht homosexuell und will mir nicht anmaßen, die Probleme einschätzen zu können, die man dadurch vor allem in der Pubertät oft hat. Aber mir scheinen die Protagonisten doch sehr priviligiert, wenn ich mir jetzt mal einen durchschnittlichen homosexuellen Teenie vorstelle. Schicke Parties, Reisen, Modelscouts, begeisterte Galeristen, viele gleichgesinnte Freunde, verständnisvolle Eltern. Geht das nicht ein bisschen an der Realität vorbei?
Mi è piaciuta molto questa storia e la raccomando a tutti coloro che vogliono leggere qualcosa di bello.
L'inizio è un po' lento, ma dopo un paio di capitoli diventa meglio