You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina LaCour Review

Thursday, February 25th 2016

three-stars

I am the opportunity to read this book by St. Martin’s Griffin publication company in exchange for an honest review on my blog Lia’s Bookish Obsession. Despite how much I love this contemporary, coming to age LGBTQIA novel I only gave this novel 3 out of 5 stars because of the few details I could not connect with throughout the novel.

You Know Me Well is by two authors David Leviathan and Nina LaCour. Unfortunately while reading this novel yo can tell that it has two authors due to rough transition between the narratives Mark, a young gay teen who is struggling to his best friend secretly gay intimate friend into an ideal romantic relation without the shame of hiding (also known as unrequited love), and Katie oops I mean Kate, whose painfully realizing  her friends character as well as the value of their friendship. I felt between the two characters that Kate’s was more relatable despite the act that Mark’s situation of unrequited love is more common than we would like to admit in our personal lives. I also felt that the switching between these two characters showed how the two authors really struggled in keeping the rhythm between each other.
Whenever the reader’s introduced to the romantic struggles of Kate, there were more details or descriptive devices used to create a romantic scenery yet the complete opposite is lacking in the guys romantic scenes.I also felt a discount between Mark and Kate for the fact that I never knew where they lived or what their home life was like. We were never told about where they lived or about their parents direction. They are scenes where the parents  mentioned but not truly or rather heavily  involved in the book, thus Mark and Kate always seem to meet in “the city” yet they go to school together.

I feel that if I was able to see Mark or Kate have a scene where they are home it would make their character development even stronger knowing that they have their parents support in their difficulties of coming to age, especially seeing that this entire novel is surrounding the calendar time of Pride Week. It would be nice to see the family support a little more through the novel.
I fell in love with a few characters in this book that actually weren’t the protagonist at all.  I loved the dialogue of the Brad the art assistant, I believe. The way that he spoke reminded me of how all the contestants of RuPaul drag race talk when their throwing shade at one another. No matter how mean their jabs are at each other, or how colorfully funny their puns are they seems to laugh at their own jokes before anyone else can Ha.
I have to also say that their is a delightfully amount of poetry in the novel. It’s due to the poetry slam that I was more interested in one particular character struggle with his struggle  with his father’s acceptances of his sexuality. Honest that poem was strong.

5 Stars for the poetry!
five-stars
You Know Me Well is an inspiring LGBTQIA novel that I believe tennis and adults like will enjoy reading because it speaks of a transition between responsibility and acceptances of things we can’t change. I truly love this book I just wish there was more for me to connect with interns of character relationship for me.
But please don’t take my word for it make sure you read this book yourself and tell me where I went wrong.

Happy Reading Guys
~Lia

About David Levithan

David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children’s book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

About Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first job was at fourteen in an independent bookstore, and she has since worked in two others. She has tutored and taught in various places, from a juvenile hall to a private college. She now teaches English at an independent high school.

Of Hold Still, Nina says:

“This book is about loss, and it’s also about art. The loss part comes from a classmate’s suicide. I didn’t know him well, but learning of his death remains one of the most profoundly sad and confusing events of my teenage years. The art part comes from my mother, a high school photography teacher. A girl in one of her student’s photographs inspired the character of Ingrid. While I was writing, I learned how to develop and print black-and-white photographs in a darkroom.”

Nina lives in Oakland, California with her wife and their two cute cats.

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