You know me well A novel

Nina LaCour

Book - 2016

Mark and Kate sit next to each other in school but are barely acquainted until they meet at a San Francisco club during Pride Week and connect over each one's forbidden love.

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Published
New York : St. Martin's Griffin 2016.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Physical Description
250 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781250098641
1250098645
Main Author
Nina LaCour (author)
Other Authors
David Levithan (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Mark and Kate meet at the start of San Francisco's Gay Pride Week and quickly become fast friends. And why not? They have several significant things in common: they go to the same school, they are both gay, and both seem to have an uncanny ability to make bad decisions. Mark has told his closeted best friend Ryan that he is in love with him, only to learn that Ryan doesn't return his feelings. And Kate—well, she has made a whole series of mistakes rooted in her truly colossal lack of self-confidence. Her default strategy is to run away from opportunity even if it means never meeting the girl of her dreams. What will become of these two troubled teens? As in life, there are no obvious or easy answers to be found in this 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. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Levithan has a rep for successful collaborations (including John Green and Rachel Cohn), and LaCour brings to the table her own legion of fans. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Just because you live near San Francisco and there are other gay kids at school doesn't mean that life is simple; as LaCour (Everything Leads to You) and Levithan (Two Boys Kissing) know, teenage life is never simple. It's the start of Pride Week, and Katie feels like she has grown apart from her friends, and that meeting the girl she's had a crush on forever is more than she can handle. Mark is at a gay bar competing in an underwear contest; he wins, but the victory emboldens Ryan, the friend Mark wishes were more, to dance with an attractive guy. When Katie bumps into Mark, they become a team as Mark imagines life without Ryan, Katie imagines it with Violet, and the future looms. There are a lot of emotional switchbacks packed into a single week, but the authors, writing in alternating chapters, incisively explore the excitement and costs of change, and the importance of friends in figuring out what to keep and what to jettison. Ages 13–up. Agent: (for LaCour) Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger; (for Levithan) Bill Clegg, Clegg Agency. (June) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Accomplished YA authors LaCour and Levithan join forces for this coming-of-age story set during Pride Week in San Francisco. Told in the alternating perspectives of Mark and Kate, the book explores the heartbreak of unrequited love and the necessity of taking chances and doing the right thing for oneself. Mark, a junior, loves his best friend, Ryan, who doesn't reciprocate his feelings. Kate, a senior whose art got her into UCLA, is unsure about college—but she is sure she loves her best friend's cousin Violet from afar. Mark and Kate, previously not friends, happen upon each other at a bar (Mark thought going to the city with Ryan would be romantic; Kate fled the house party where she was supposed to meet Violet for the first time) and leave together after Mark watches Ryan dance with a stranger. They end up at an incredibly hip party, and while the details aren't initially revealed, this event sets each of them on a course for realizing some of their dreams and confronting things previously left unsaid. Pages flow quickly throughout, and despite the condensed time frame, a fair amount of character growth occurs. Both authors excel at writing smart, funny, and realistic dialogue. These are characters to whom readers will relate and want to get to know. VERDICT Recommended for teens who have enjoyed the authors' previous works and those looking for a hopeful read about friendship, first love, and the choices one faces while on the cusp of adulthood.—Amanda Mastrull, Library Journal [Page 115]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Mark and Kate sit next to each other in school but are barely acquainted until they meet at a San Francisco club during Pride Week and connect over each one's forbidden love.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Spotting a girl he has sat beside in silence for a year, Mark bonds with Kate over their unrequited same-sex crushes throughout the course of a fateful pride week in San Francisco. By the award-winning author of The Disenchantments and the award-winning co-author of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From the award-winning authors David Levithan and Nina LaCour, the story of a friendship forged over the course of one fateful pride week in San Francisco.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

You Know Me Well is a deeply honest story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time. 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, the award-winning author of Hold Still and The Disenchantments, and David Levithan, the bestselling 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).