You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
Published June 13, 2016 by Text Publishing
Source: the publisher
Rating: 5 stars
From the blurb: 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.
You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan is set in San Francisco during Pride Week. Mark Rissi and Ryan have been friends for eight years, and more than friends for the past two. While Mark is openly gay, Ryan has not come out and so what goes on between them is a secret, and one that Ryan avoids talking about. On the eve of Pride Week, they head to a club in the city and it's there that Kate Cleary bumps into Mark. They are both in need of a friend that night, so they team up to find Kate's true love, Violet.
I love books that cover a mere snapshot of someone's life, and that's the case here, with this story highlighting a week of Mark and Kate's lives, and it's an important week for both of them.
Kate is struggling with anxiety over the future and her character stood out to me as someone a lot of teens will relate to. Kate is a talented artist but is filled with self-doubt. She sabotages everything good that happens to her, she is dreading the idea of college, and she's questioning her relationship with her best friend, Lehna. Marks comes into her life at a point when she needs someone to give her reassurance but also knows when to tell her it's ok to make her own decisions.
Mark's love for Ryan was beautiful, so it was hard to watch him realise Ryan does not return his feelings. He's been holding onto the hope that one day, things would click into place for them, but meeting Kate provides him with a distraction as well as support.
The romance between Kate and Violet was so sweet, contrasting with the tension between Kate and Lehna. The descriptions of Kate's artwork and of Pride Week were vivid, easily bringing to mind beautiful, colourful, happy images.
You Know Me Well is a heartfelt story of two teens coming to terms with who they are and what they want their futures to hold. It's an honest, emotional ode to love and friendship.
Thank you to Text Publishing for my copy.
This cover was made for nail art and I couldn't wait to paint it.
I started with a gradient using the following polishes: BYS Black Satin, ChiChi Going All the Way, Essence Let's Get Lost, Nail It! Matte Teal, and Australis Aqua.
I used acrylic paint for the bridge, stars, waves, and for Kate and Mark.