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You Know Me Well

A Novel

David Levithan and Nina LaCour

Wednesday Books

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ISBN10: 1250809630
ISBN13: 9781250809636

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272 Pages



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You Know Me Well is a deeply honest story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time.

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.


Praise for You Know Me Well

"A sweet, hopeful story about finding the courage to live your truth—whatever it may be. And of course, it's a story about the friends who guide us through it all."Bustle

"Nina LaCour and David Levithan are two of the best YA authors working right now, and this story is further proof. This fun, sweet novel beautifully captures the power of romantic and platonic love alike."Seventeen Magazine

"Teens, queer or straight, are often dramatic and unsure of themselves, and by moving its characters beyond the coming-out trope and giving them other questions to focus on, this book gives them room to be."Horn Book Review

"LaCour and Levithan are both dab hands at utopian romance."The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“A perfect read for the bolter in all of us . . . LaCour and Levithan join together to give an honest view of the anxious teenage psyche.”Romantic Times

"You Know Me Well perfectly encapsulates those fraught, end-all-be-all feelings of high-school romance and graduation. The raw emotion of this novel will delight fans of Rainbow Rowell and John Green."BookPage

"The pacing and voices of LaCour's and Levithan's alternating points of view are on point, keeping this sweet . . . tale moving gladly forward."Kirkus Review

“Often subtle and always absorbing examination of fraught relationships . . . popular authors LaCour and Levithan tell their heartfelt story seamlessly in chapters that alternate between Mark’s and Kate’s respective points of view and invite readers’ emotional engagement with these two empathetic teens.”Booklist

"Both authors excel at writing smart, funny, and realistic dialogue. These are characters to whom readers will relate and want to get to know."School Library Journal

"[I]ncisively explore(s) the excitement and costs of change, and the importance of friends in figuring out what to keep and what to jettison."Publishers Weekly


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About the author

David Levithan and Nina LaCour

NINA LACOUR is the Michael L. Printz award-winning and nationally bestselling author of Watch Over Me, We Are Okay, Hold Still, and Everything Leads to You. She hosts the podcast Keeping a Notebook and teaches for Hamline University's MFA in writing for Children and Young Adults program. A former indie bookseller and high school English teacher, she lives with her family in San Francisco.

DAVID LEVITHAN is the author of many award-winning and bestselling YA novels, including Boy Meets Boy, Two Boys Kissing, and Every Day. His collaborations include Will Grayson, Will Grayson (written with John Green) and Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and the Dash & Lily series (both with Rachel Cohn). He lives in New Jersey and can be found on his website and on Twitter.

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