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I absolutely loved this book and just devoured it- I couldn't put it down. I loved how atmospheric and foreboding it was, and I felt sorry for Drew. In fact, I loved this book so much I immediately went and purchased two of Megan Abbott's other books - The Fever (incredible) and Dare Me (okay, but had some issues). I'm looking forward to reading the rest of her books soon. My only complaint about this book is the ending - we don't get to see if Devon passes the qualifiers. I think we're left to assume she does, but it ended so abruptly. Overall, great read.
Does anyone else think that if Devon had not made the qualifiers at the end of the book; her parents would have turned her into the police? It seemed like they both agreed that they were willing to keep covering up for her as long as she made her gymnastics goal but I am not sure if I was reading too much into it...
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this story. On the one hand, it was a decently enjoyable read. I don't regret choosing it, but it definitely wasn't what I was expecting.
There wasn't a ton of suspense or mystery, I think the first few chapters basically spelled out exactly what was going to happen for the rest of the novel. The most suspense was waiting to see how Katie would react to learning the truth, and I found her take on the situation extremely interesting.
I also felt like the characters were all very, very similar and kind of one-dimensional, which made following the story slightly difficult when the author would go off on long sentences using only pronouns instead of names. I wasn't a fan of her writing style.
I think I was most confused about Devon's character. She writes cute love notes to Ryan in her sex leotard and then murders him? I'd love to hear more opinions and thoughts on her character.
I found this book difficult to get into. I enjoy using my imagination when it comes to characters appearances, but I wish Megan Abbott would have been a bit more descriptive and used a bit less foreshadowing. I'm not a fan of a lot of foreshadowing at all, I feel as though it takes away from the story and can confuse readers. I noticed a few editing errors right from the start - missing words in sentences and missing quotation marks. I don't regret getting this book because it was indeed a good storyline, but it just felt as though a teenager wrote it. I'll be sure to steer clear from Megan Abbott's books in the future.
As I ponder on this book more and more, several things stand out to me:
1- Katie prides herself on the intimacy she shares with each of her children, (sharing Devon's body, and the special one-on-one time with Drew) but in the end, when it comes to the things that really matter, she isn't able to hear what either one is trying to tell her. Why is this?
2- Eric seems equally, if not more, to blame for Ryan's death than Devon is, by pushing Devon so hard, by his conspiring with Gwen, and by his reaction to learning of Devon's relationship with Ryan. Is he really covering for his daughter, or does he recognize his own role in the tragedy?
3- Katie is rather judgemental of the other families, but doesn't seem to have insight into how her own family embodies the same characteristics she detests in others, whether it's the cut-throat ambition of Gwen, the way the other parents use their daughters for their own pride, the flirtatiousness of the other mothers toward Ryan, or the family secrets of Teddy and Hailey. Toward the end of the book, does her experience teach her a lesson?
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written, fast paced and I thoroughly enjoyed the character development. I read this book in 3 days, and didn't want it to end. However, once it did end... the deep thoughts started. I really started thinking about the relationships between everyone in the book, and how deep the lies and deceit went. It went beyond the immediate issue of Ryan's murder, and the people directly involved, but went all the way back to Katie's marriage. Reading about her discovery that her husband may not even truly love her, and how he may have only married her because of her pregnancy was devastating. This book reminded me of Russian nesting dolls. There were layers upon layers of lies, pain, and ugly, and all of it started with the tiniest doll in the center. Devon.
This book makes you think about humanity, and if all people have that evil ugly side inside them. It brought me back to how I felt when I read, 1984. While this book is very entertaining, and you can leave it at that... if you really take the time to pay attention to the little things happening in the background, you are in for a thinker of a book.
The book grabbed me from the get-go! So fast paced. You can tell there's a ton of "behind the scenes" but as it's told from the moms perspective and she's not privy to it...you only really know as much as she does. I have not yet finished it because I don;t want it to end! I've read some of Meg's other books "THe Fever" was especially good. She's really maturing as a writer, She's a delight to read!
You Will Know Me is about ambitionsâ€”those of kids and those of parents. Do they align? How does ambition affect the parent-child relationships?
The novel is largely concerned with the secrets we keep from the people we love. Why do the characters in You Will Know Me hide things from the people who care about them the most?
I thought this book had an interesting premise, and the plot kept me engaged throughout but I honestly had a hard time being really drawn in. I think there were a few factors that contributed to this. Mostly, there were too many characters and every. single. one was a "suspect". I didn't know how I felt about any of the characters even in the end - Katie, Eric, Devon, Drew, Gwen, Teddy, Hailey, etc! It made it hard to form ideas throughout the book. I feel like this would make a good movie because in addition to all the information given by the author, it would have been helpful to have body language, and tone, etc. I think this is reflective of a lack of description from the author because I very rarely feel this way about a book.
There was also the topic of how far will a parent go to protect a child and to push a child. Do you think either / both Katie and Eric crossed lines in protecting Devon and pushing her to be her best gymnast? I felt that there was a lot of focus on Eric going to far, but in the end was Katie out of line as well?