Review: You Will Know Me

You Will Know Me
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’d never heard of Megan Abbott until I started seeing reviews of You Will Know Me popping up everywhere. Wow, I’ve been missing out! I can see why people love her novels so much and become devoted readers. This was quite entertaining right from the start. The audiobook is wonderfully narrated by Lauren Fortgang.

I’ve always loved gymnastics, especially on an Olympic level. As a kid, I wanted to learn gymnastics, but I never had the opportunity. This novel puts you front and center into the life of a family whose daughter, Devon, is a gymnastics prodigy. They’ll do anything to help their daughter get to the Olympics. The entire gymnastics community is shocked by a sudden death and everyone is asking questions. Everyone wants to know who caused the death and whether it was an accident or a malicious act.

The characters were realistic, distinct and well-developed. You’ve got a mix of characters — cheaters and your unhinged characters — who will keep you guessing. The dynamics between the characters was so genuine. The parents in the gymnastics community were always competing. There was a lot of backbiting between them because of their jealously over Devon’s talents. I imagine this is realistic in this sport due to the competition. It’s so cut throat and every parent wants their little gymnast to make it to the Olympics.

God, Devon was so talented even with her foot deformed the way that it was. And, oh, she was a little deceitful. I wish I had her talent at her age. And, poor Drew. He was Devon’s little brother and he was always taking the backstage to Devon’s practices and meets. He kept making observations, but nobody believed him. His mother Katie kept telling him that he was dreaming. It must be so hard when you’ve got a talented older sibling and you’re just an average kid.

Megan Abbott knows how to tell a story and engage the reader. I was instantly engrossed in the story. Her writing has a natural flow to it, comfortable, not forced. It actually takes a lot of effort to make writing sound effortless. What I like about this novel is that it has a little mystery, a little twist, and a little drama. It’s a nice balance that made the story more intriguing.

You Will Know Me is a captivating read that will leave you wanting more Megan Abbott novels.
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