You Know Me Well | Review

I’m super pumped that I’ve been really on top of my reading game ….well not only reading more but POSTING more! It’s a miracle of miracles! I’m trying to become better and it’s a tough habit to keep up with if you just go in and out of a routine. Let’s briefly discuss my latest read!

You Know Me Well | Available for Purchase: Amazon.com « Barnes & Noble « Book Depository
Author: Nina LaCour & David Levithan
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Pages: 248 pages, hardcover
Received Copy: Paperback advanced reading copy, also signed by author

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

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.

Told in alternating points of view by Nina LaCour and David Levithan, You Know Me Well is a story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time.

Once again I have this habit where I don’t read the back cover and don’t know what said book is about but if it’s a favorite author of mine or I hear good buzz about the novel is enough to get me interested in reading. That being said–I knew this was a contemporary book and David’s writing is some of my favorite so I was ready to read.

You Know Me Well takes two individuals who are classmates that don’t interact with each other but one night during San Fran’s Pride Week have Mark and Kate meeting only to run away from their problems. Kate is head over heels in love with a girl she’s never met but knows they would have a relationship we grow up dreaming of. Mark is pining over his best friend who’s not officially out of the closet gay yet and while they spend time fooling around and exploring, their friendship is only so much for Mark and he wants it all.

Through a series of events, Kate and Mark develop an overnight friendship, quite literally, and it’s interesting how things play out. Kate and her best friend, Lehna, are pretty inseparable but when Violet–Lehna’s cousin who’s finally moving back to the States, Kate can’t handle the pressure of mixing expectations with reality, not just for Violet’s sake but her own. Kate is an artist who is doubting her life choices in attending college and as her senior year is ending the pressure is mounting. Mark on the other hand is a junior who still has time but the fact that his best friend, Ryan, seems to finally be paying attention to another guy making Mark take the plunge in expressing his feelings truthfully.

There’s a section of the book that includes really awesome slam poetry some characters listen to and you can’t help but read it and feel gutted. Straight or not, one can’t imagine having to hide their true self or fight for it like it was something that was so against the norm. I loved that these pieces were written in because not everyone has an easy time figuring out who they are and what sexuality they relate to.

Mark and Kate find a way to balance each other and find a way to grow a friendship out of what they’re missing with their best friends. Tensions are high between both sets of friends and Mark and Kate develop shoulders to lean on and confidence boosts throughout the story.

It’s a cute and quick read that didn’t have much drama. A dash of comedy, journeys in finding themselves, the trials and tribulations of growing into the next step of life, and figuring out sometimes you need to let go is all a part of You Know Me Well‘s storyline.

ARC August – update week 4

So in the midst of the worst week ever, I was actually able to finish a book! Woohoo! It’s pretty crazy because I’ve basically spent all summer not reading much so it’s nice to know this is starting to pay off–signing up for the reading challenge and whatnot👍

I liked this one, You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan–two gay high school classmates find themselves at a gay bar for Pride Week in San Francisco and develop a friendship overnight. I could’ve used more closure for Mark’s storyline rather than just “hey I’ll figure things out” but I enjoyed Kate and Mark’s guide to self-discovery in becoming who they’re meant to be and shedding what they wish could be. Sometimes friendships just click and I liked what these two characters established within the short time the audience gets to spend with them.

I’ve already started on my next read, And I Darken by Kiersten White…it’s my book club pick for August and I’m seriously cutting it close. I’m also trying to decide what to read for September since I’ve had a decent month reading for August! I’m not sure if the challenge somehow helped or not, but I’ll be writing down some titles that I’ve been looking forward to reading as well as finishing a few I’ve started ☺️ [yes Mindy and Game of Thrones, I’m looking at you both–we should so be done by now haha!]

Top Ten Tuesday – Those Books From Wayback When ?!

August 23: Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet (this is going to be sad considering how many of those I have unread six years later…), the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

Oh joy! What an easy topic to discuss because my shelves are so jam packed with books from forever ago! Each time I switch things around on my big shelf, I also discard a few more because I think, ugh I’m probably never going to read you–you need a better home than just collecting dust on my shelf!

So yes, let’s discuss this, shall we . . . . . . .

At the end of 2013, I decided I might start blogging. I tried here and there but in 2014, I attended my first ALA Mid Winter conference which was held in Philadelphia and walked away with a pretty decent stack of books! Since then I STILL have some great ones that I have not even cracked the spines on! Let’s examine what needs to be read still:

         

Guess I need another ARC reading challenge month to help me out with this round of titles 😁

 

 

ARC August – update week 3

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Happy week 3 of ARC August!! YAY! I read  books! Super pumped I was able to get some reading time in! P.S. I Like you was fabulous!! So cute and adorable and I’ve missed falling in love with Kasie West’s stories. A few in the past haven’t blown me away but P.S. I Like You was one book I couldn’t put down. Literally. Read this one in a day. 😳

With the momentum I have, I’m trying to keep it alive for the next few weeks! It just might be possible and I’d love to add to my Goodreads challenge for sure👌Next up I’m starting on You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan. This one sounds promising from the first twenty pages I’ve read. I love David’s work and I’m a newbie to Nina’s writing, so this should be good! Hopefully I can have another successful reading week!

How are the rest of you guys doing? Reading up a storm?!

 

Mini Review Recap (3)

Deciding to join ARC August was a good idea because the summertime has been slack-time for me and my reading habits so it’s nice to have a little incentive to push through my slump. That being said, I have some new books and comics I have mini reviews for!

Woohoo! Let’s get to it 📚


The Rose & the Dagger
Renee Ahdieh

This novel picked right back up after The Wrath & the Dawn which was great because I had recently read that so I didn’t feel like I had to stretch my mind and remember what had happened. The Rose & the Dagger had more of a magical element to it than the first in the duology. You get a good mix of characters but now that we’re spending most of the novel outside the palace’s walls, we get more interaction with Shazi’s family and friends. Khalid and Sharazad’s passion was my favorite and I did not stop getting irritated at Despina’s character. If you’re looking for a fun fantasy and feminine heroine to read, I’d recommend this duology to try out!


The Wicked + the Divine #20 & 21
Kieron Gillen, Illustrators Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson

(film not included which was super cute btw) Laura is alive and she’s rounding up the crew and discussing about Ananke’s shadiness. Starting to piece parts of the story together and shedding light on what could possibly happen if Ananke gets her way, the group could be in more trouble. The art continues to be gorgeous and I think this story arc is ending so we’ll see where things go from here.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)
Victoria Schwab

I really liked this book for it’s inventiveness and interesting main characters. Bad girl Kate Harker meets up with August Flynn in a world that have humans and monsters semi-surviving in the world. August gave me the vibes of Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Edward Cullen in Twilight–the monster who lives with remorse of the creature he happens to be. I really love the interactions between Kate and August and the trials they go through to survive. There’s drama, action, gore, and a friendship that breaks barriers. It’s an interesting spin on monsters and their powers and after I finished the book I found out there’s a sequel called Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2).

Paper Girls #7 & 8
Brian K. Vaughan, Matt Wilson, Cliff Chiang 

Things are really starting to move along with the series. The bridging of the 1980’s and present time is so cool! The girls from the past are starting to figure out some of their futures and realizing how different the world is 30+ years from when they were growing up. I can definitely see signs of Saga that trickle through, some of the other worldly creatures, but like WicDiv, the artwork is so great and the girls are a cool cast to follow. Cannot wait for more!


P.S. I Like You
Kasie West

GUYS! This book though! I have a tendency to read Kasie West’s books and literally fly through them–reading it in a day or so. P.S. I Like You is such a treat to read! It was an adorable and whimsical concept bringing back the original letter writing in a generation built upon digital conversation via texting and email. Kasie’s writing continues to shine––her last few titles haven’t hit home for me like this one but when I started reading P.S. I Love You, I could not put it down!

Even though it might be a bit of a stretch that Lily and her mystery pen pal at school don’t get caught by classmates and teacher, the story is super cute and Lily Abbott is charming. You get on her level with having the crazy family and feeling like she has a lot riding on her because she’s the middle of the Abbott family food chain. Best friend Isabel and her were a fun duo and then there’s Cade…. OH GOD I FELL FOR HIM INSTANTLY! It’s a cute story of self-discovery when it comes to friends and family as well as seeing people deep down and not who they appear to be.

SOOOO excited that the new Harry Potter script came out aka the eighth book recently! I haven’t started it yet and have sadly heard mixed reviews but I’m keeping an optimistic mind about where things are in the future world of wizards and witches!

Have you read any of these yet? Good/bad? – xoxo Linz aka the Kid

ARC August – update week 2

Success!

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I have finished one book for this month’s ARC challenge! I’ll admit, there has been a struggle to get into a reading mindset these days. Real life has been busy, trying to nail down phone & in-person interviews for jobs I desperately need so trying to find time where I concentrate and read a story just seems like the last thing on my mind. But somehow I did it!

Really liked this title! What’s surprising is that This Savage Song is the first Victoria Schwab novel I’ve read. I own The Archived in paperback and am dying to read her Shades of Magic series! I was excited to learn there’s a sequel for TSS and can’t wait to see what happens next with August and Kate 😊

Since I’ve got one book under my belt for the #ARCAugust challenge, I’m going to keep myself on a roll and try for finishing a 1.5 books this week. Making a big goal but it’s possible.

 

Hope everyone is getting their arcs read!! Happy reading 😚

ARC August – update week 1

Oh so we’re really into the swing of things aren’t we? Well I’m off to a bit of a rough start. It’s only been 39 pages of one of my book picks BUT . . . I did take this amazing photo of arcs that I hope to read. So, that’s some, um …. progress?

I kid but seriously I’ve gotta buckle down and promise to read at least one book this week. I’ve also picked And I Darken as my book club pick so I know that book I’ll most definitely be able to finish.

Onward and upward for week 2!