Monday, June 6, 2016

You Know Me Well

David Levithan loves writing novels with a co-author, alternating perspectives of two characters. I usually like books with this plot device and I always love books written by Levithan, so You Know Me Well was a perfect fit.

Mark is a gay baseball player who is in love with his best friend, and Kate is an artist who is soon to meet the girl of her dreams. They spent most of senior year sitting next to each other and never speaking, but during San Francisco's Pride Week, they become the most important person in each other's world.

I am so happy this book exists. The writing is gorgeous and nobody writes about being a gay teenager better than Levithan. I can imagine that his novels are a safe haven for many readers. Levithan writes so beautifully that reading the first few pages always catch me by surprise and when I finish the book, I am left wanting more. I love stories that are about growing apart from one's friends and realizing that it is normal to outgrow friends as you become who you really are.

This is definitely for a high school audience, so I won't be sharing it with my students, but I will recommend it to teens and adults who are looking for a wonderful book.

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