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.
The story bounces between the POV of Mark and the POV of Kate. I will talk about Mark first because I loved his story more. Mark has been in love with his best friend Ryan for YEARS. They have fooled around a bit, but Ryan has not come out yet and he always insists that him and Mark are just friends. That doesn't stop Mark from hoping though. Mark was a very relatable character with his yearning for someone he couldn't have and I even felt bad for Ryan because Ryan genuinely thought of Mark as one of his best friends.
I was not a huge fan of Kate or Violet. Kate falls in love with her best friend's cousin, Violet, despite the fact that they have never spoken or met each other. When they do meet each other, they are instantly smitten. They don't really use the term "love" yet, so I guess that's a blessing but they still moved way too fast. And Kate irked me the way she was ALWAYS running away. I completely understand the low self esteem thing and the fact that she never felt good enough. I can relate to that. But I thought Kate was ridiculous when she kept running and hiding from stuff. Her best friend, Lehna, was a bit annoying but I got why Lehna was annoyed with Kate too. It's hard not to be mad at someone who keeps flaking out.
The best part of the story, in my opinion, was the friendship between Mark and Kate. They were so cute together and I love that she just asked him to be her friend when she met him. It was adorable. They were both going through tough, but similar situations, and I love how supportive they were of each other. What I really loved was that for the most part, there were gay kids with normal problems that NOTHING to do with coming out, mainly because they are normal. No one had issues with the sexuality of Kate, Violet, Mark or Lehna. Kate and Violet even had a kiss in the middle of the street and I thought that it was awesome to have them do that and NOT experience any harassment or bullying. That was so refreshing.
The only other quibble I had was that it was sometimes hard to tell who was speaking. The story was written in first person and the POV's were not broken up in any way. So there were times when it took a paragraph or two to figure out who was speaking. Other than that, this was a very moving novel that is worth the read.
Buy/Borrow/Skip: Buy this one!