How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to St Martin’s Press
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.
I have enjoyed reading books from both authors, as you can see above, so when I heard they were co-writing this book, I was very excited to read it. I thought You Know Me Well was an easy to read, cute book which didn’t take me long to tear through. The reason why I haven’t rated it any higher was because I thought some of the friendships didn’t feel authentic enough.
You Know Me Well tells stories from both Kate and Mark’s point of view. I really enjoy dual narration and thought it worked particularly well with this story. It follows their stories of relationships. It also follows their friendship. Kate and Mark met one night, even though they’d be sitting next to each other for a while at school. Kate and Mark instantly got on which felt a little unbelievable, but it was definitely something I could get past. I felt particularly touched by Mark and Ryan’s storyline.
I thought You Know Me Well was a refreshing story. There wasn’t any angst about the characters coming out (even though I don’t mind reading about this!) They were already out and comfortable within themselves. It was lovely to read about LGBT characters that were just having normal teenager struggles with relationships.
Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars