11 July 2016

You know me well - Nina LaCour + David Levithan

young adult contemporary
coming of age, romance 
I highly recommend books like "Hold still" and "Everything leads to you" by Nina LaCour
I also loved a short story I recently read by her (found in "Summer Days & Summer Nights)"
she writes emotional stories with characters that seem like real people
she makes you feel everything
she's a great author
so of course I was super excited to read her new book
but I was also a bit nervous because another book co-written by David Levithan did not work for me
but I still bought the book and read it
two high school students
he is in love with his best friend
she is about to meet the girl of her dreams
but it's not that easy
they become friends
in an instant
and then maneuver through some of the most exciting days of their lives
"You know me well"
the name says it all. NOT.
as a reader I didn't get to know the characters that well
I always felt as if I was scratching on the surface
but never got to the core
I could never imagine the characters as real people
and that made it hard for me to enjoy the book
to believe in the emotions, to feel them
50-100 pages more, more time spend with the characters, their families, their hopes and fears
would have been great, would have been needed
maybe then I would have felt something
but unfortunately that didn't happen
I'm sad to say that in my opinion the book was
too fast-paced, too short, too superficial
I love what Nina LaCour writes on her own
but was disappointed by her work together with David Levithan
I will definitely read more by her in the future, but will stay away from his books.

my thoughts on 
"Everything leads to you": click
"Hold Still": click + click
the short story "The end of love": click

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