Genre: YA, contemporary
Source: a copy in exchange for an honest review
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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.
Also, it was quite interesting to read about Mark and Ryan’s friendship, and Kate and Lehna’s. Minus the whole… unrequited love aspect (in one of these friendships…), it showed how someone who you absolutely love and have spent most of your life with – to a point where you become one person – can actually hold you back, in a way. You might have this friend who you’ve been best friends with since you were kids, but you wonder ‘if I’d met them now instead of way back then, would we still be friends?’ I found myself looking at my own friends and asking myself that same question.
Overall, I liked that You Know Me Well is a story of self-discovery, humour, adventure and learning to come to terms with change because as someone who’s about to leave her teen years behind, I think it’s really important to know that though change is scary, it’ll be okay in the end.
I know I always pick a favourite quote from the book I’m reviewing but in this case, I’d like to go ahead and change it around a little. In this book there are a few poems that are recited by different characters at a sort of poetry slam, and I thought I’d include a snippet of one of the poems that I loved…
‘You say you’ll kill me to save me
Kill the me inside of me
Beat it belt it but it
Just wont budge.
Not for you.’