You Will Know Me – Megan Abbott (Book Review)

Megan Abbott is a Goodreads fan-favourite so I picked up this book on a whim between another book that I’d been struggling with.

Megan Abbott

Devon is a teenaged Olympic Gymnastics hopeful. Her parents are heavily involved with a very tight-knight group of gymnastics community, but no other gymnast is as as talented as prodigy, Devon and Kate and Eric Knox have stopped at nothing to help pave her way to success.

The gymnastics community is rocked when the young, good looking boyfriend of an assistant coach meets a violent and mysterious death and suddenly Kate and Eric Knox are finding out things about each other, their friends and their children that they are shocked to learn.

Honestly, I didn’t even know what this book was about when I started to read – I actually thought it was going to be a young adult novel but I was wrong. It was a beautifully written mystery thriller that was from the perspective of Kate Knox, Devon’s mother. I wasn’t sure that I could keep track of the large circle of characters at first and it did take me some time to figure them all out — most become periphery characters and the main ones become quite clear very quickly.

You Will Know Me was a great little surprise and my introduction to Megan Abbott as an author. I have heard a lot of buzz around her work and have generally tried to keep low expectations when it comes to hype — but I feel like her writing style was fantastic and kept me wanting to know what was going to happen. Even if I had all but figured out what was going on before it unraveled, I was still able to enjoy the wrap-up of the mystery.

This is a very short review, but there was really nothing bad that I had to say about it.

I would recommend this book to anyone except for maybe my friend, Belinda because her line of work would just leave her picking at plot holes that might not be obvious to anyone else reading 😉

Let it be known that I have since purchased three other Megan Abbott books.

TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE – by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A typical story about how boys only serve to complicate the lives of teenage girls.

Lara Jean’s older sister, Margot keeps the Covey family together. After the tragic loss of their mother, the two younger girls look up to their sister to take care of things. Margot decides to school in Scotland, leaving Lara Jean and her own boyfriend, Josh behind.

Josh is a big part of the Covey family and the break up comes as a bit of a shock to everyone, including Lara Jean who claims to have had a crush on him first.

During a spring clean out, a highly coveted box of goodbye letters to all the boys that Lara Jean has ever had a crush on gets accidentally mailed to each of the recipients much to her horror which spirals a chain of lies that Lara Jean uses to cover her feelings for Josh and save face while her sister is away living her own life.

Lara Jean has to assume the role of big sister, she has to take on new responsibilities and try to juggle the big lie that she has woven all to cover up a seemingly innocent mistake.

My Thoughts

I read this book as a respite between the depraved facts of a True Crime book that I was reading. I needed it to help me go to sleep every night so that I didn’t have nightmares.

Lara Jean is pretty annoying. At sixteen, she is more than a little socially inept; she fails to be honest when life demands it. She has the total inability to act responsibly and honestly in situations, but rather turned molehills in to the Matterhorn. She puts herself in a situation that she clearly doesn’t feel comfortable with, but goes against all of her intuitions anyway.

At 16, I knew who I was and who I didn’t want to be. No boy, no pushy friend or sibling could have convinced me to be something or do something that I wasn’t comfortable with. Lara Jean was a bit of a brat who couldn’t really complete basic tasks for herself – like driving to school or facing up to a few incidents that might have made her cheeks rosy, but would have been quickly forgotten.

Going after her sister’s boyfriend in a case of, ‘I-saw-him-first’ was irritating. She pined for him for so long but waited until Josh developed feelings for her, that she didn’t really want him anymore?

Teenage girls are irritating.

Apart from some pretty cliched moments in this book, I liked it overall, and I’ve just seen that it is part of a series, so maybe I’ll read the next one too!

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