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Jamal said only, "Laura..." And I knew, just knew by the rip through my gut and the instant convulsion in my heart, knew by Jamal's uncharacteristically unsmiling face. I knew because Laura always did what I wished I could do. First cousins Laura and Miles grew up like sisters. Miles thought of Laura as the golden one -- smart, beautiful, rich, and popular -- while MilesJamal said only, "Laura..." And I knew, just knew by the rip through my gut and the instant convulsion in my heart, knew by Jamal's uncharacteristically unsmiling face. I knew because Laura always did what I wished I could do. First cousins Laura and Miles grew up like sisters. Miles thought of Laura as the golden one -- smart, beautiful, rich, and popular -- while Miles considered herself the unwanted one -- an unattractive, underachieving outcast. Laura's suicide shatters Miles and leaves her feeling completely alone, and sets Miles on a dangerous downward spiral. But in the strength Miles finds in herself and in those she didn't believe cared about her, she is able to rebuild her life in unexpected ways. Rachel Cohn's emotionally powerful new novel views serious issues such as depression, suicide, prescription-drug abuse, and alternative family configurations through the lens of family love and survival....

Title : You Know Where to Find Me
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ISBN : 9780689878596
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Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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You Know Where to Find Me Reviews

  • laaaaames
    2019-04-10 16:12

    OH MY GOD A FAT GIRL BOOK WHERE SHE IS NOT SKINNY AT THE END HALLE-FREAKING-LULLAH.Rachel Cohn sort of irritates me as a writer without David Levithan to even her out. I don't know if it's genuinely her style or that she's really into Francesca Lia Block or something, but, man, Rachel, sometimes all the froufy language and switches in tenses and made-up stories just sort of irritate me.In the plus column, I really loved the character of Jim. Of course in my head he was played by Tim Gunn.

  • J.D.
    2019-03-28 20:06

    Some nice writing, and I wanted to like it a lot more than I did, but: 1. When you have a character this angry and bitter, it's a real challenge to make the reader like them or even care much. Unfortunately, this book doesn't rise to the challenge. 2. I finally gave up after about the fifth lecture about DC Home Rule. Okay. I get it. I know this is an issue that the character cares a lot about, but it just gets preachy. see (1) above.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-04-18 18:48

    Reviewed by Dianna Geers for TeensReadToo.comLaura and Miles grew up together. They were cousins who lived so close that Miles could sneak out of her room on scary, stormy nights and escape to the safety of Laura's bed. They spent hours in their tree house and hiding out in their favorite bookstore. As little girls became adolescents, though, being related and living near each other didn't guarantee closeness. Miles liked to eat and drink. And smoke. Her body put on weight, her poorly-dyed hair never behaved, and she escaped the world by reading. Her grades sucked. She didn't care. Laura was a beautiful, social butterfly. She was pleasant. Got good grades. Had the perfect boyfriend. The adoring father. So why is she the one who killed herself? And Miles wonders why Laura got everything. Everything. She even got to escape the world. She got what Miles wanted. Miles planned on joining her. Who would even care if Miles died, anyway? With that frame of mind, Miles takes several downward turns which continue to lead her in the direction her life had been heading for a long time. Laura even left Miles a secret stash of drugs to help her cope. For a while, Miles chooses to live life in a state of numbness. The worst thing to her was when the fog faded and she had to face life without her cousin. As you read YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND ME, you find touching characters. You care for them--not just Miles--but her father, Laura's father, even Laura herself. Miles falls to such a low that everyone worries about her chances of survival. But somehow in this cocoon of a druggy fog, there's a spirit of a person. A person who is stronger than many people realized. People are not always what they seem. Sometimes they are stronger. Sometimes weaker. Rachel Cohn has written a touching novel that covers so many issues. And it leaves you thinking. Wondering. Hoping.

  • Christina Wilder
    2019-03-30 15:04

    More like 2.5 stars, but I'm rounding down as this didn't affect me as much as I would have liked.Suicide is a tricky subject. Mental health in general is rarely - if ever - depicted correctly in fiction, and depression is no exception. While I liked how this book showcased the aftermath of suicide (survivor guilt/anger, warning signs seen in hindsight, etc.), this story became burdened by Miles.I read in another review that if a character is too bitter all the time, it's hard for the reader to connect. Yes, we understand that character is suffering, but it's overbearing to read nothing but bitterness and self-pity page after page. You have to have light with the dark, otherwise you can't appreciate the weight of the darkness. It all becomes lost.This was hard to read. The pacing was on and off, and while I did care about the characters, I wasn't invested. I wasn't hoping for one thing to happen or not happen. That's not good. I'm only a few pages in to other books I'm currently reading and I'm already dying to know what happens. Not so with You Know Where To Find Me. I will say I liked the diversity. The ending wasn't a Pollyanna HEA, so that's good. Still. I found my mind wandering a few times as I read. My small attention span couldn't be held captivated. Maybe it's my fault, maybe it's the author's, maybe we're both to blame.The rants about D.C. were interesting, sure. And yes, Miles is passionate about her hometown. That's great. Still, I felt like I was being lectured, almost like someone spliced in a book report or Wikipedia page into a YA novel. Miles's thoughts on white privilege and class privilege were interesting, though, and thought-provoking.Cohn has talent, that's for sure. I'll be checking out more of her work. This book, however...I can't see myself recommending it to anyone, unless they're a hardcore fan of D.C. politics.

  • Steph (Reviewer X)
    2019-04-19 15:50

    Cross-posted from my blog review: http://reviewerx.blogspot.com/2008/12...Uh... Okay, how do I put this? No idea.How do I reenact this? Well, first we get an emoticon: o_O. Steam blowing from the side to indicate mental exertion? Optional. Whatever you call that sound you make when you’re blowing spit bubbles, playing in the background? MANDATORY.(Shakespeare would’ve been proud.)In the interest of brevity—I don’t want to spend more time thinking about this one than I have to—I’ll summarize the plot in a couple of sentences:Cousins Miles Pudgy and Laura Perfect were raised like sisters, but a falling out a couple of years prior prevented Miles from realizing the emotional pain Laura was in. When Laura commits suicide, Miles must deal with it. You know, it doesn’t even sound that good when you put it like that which is why I suppose they opted for the hook of the loopy jacket description instead. But whatever, here’s the reality of the matter:There’s no plot.Every character except for Miles, the first-person focus of the novel, is underdeveloped.Miles herself becomes a bore after awhile.And I still don’t get it.This would be the place to say I was in resounding love with Rachel’s writing back when I first began reading YA and I picked up Pop Princess and Gingerbread. Given my distaste for her recent releases—Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and now this—I wonder where the object of my affections has gone. Have my preferences changed that much?The first chapter is engaging enough. I love the “once upon a time”, fairy tale approach to retelling the past, which was employed here. Miles made everything seem so angelic, so perfect, you could hear the childlike giggles (of innocence) reverberating in the background. Then her tale is shattered by her cousin’s death, and you can feel the shards of her broken childhood.Moving past the first chapter, everything becomes shoddy. The focus was never really on Laura or her suicide but rather on Miles’s self-loathing, drug habits, and unrequited love. And even so, those aren’t resolved either. Not that these things are easily fixed—especially not in the space of 200 pages—but they weren’t developed or evolved, either. Miles screws up with her drug habits as a result of her self-loathing and pushes her unrequited love away...I’m not convinced anything changes after the last page. To me, Miles is still—as her father calls her—a burnout, except a more devastated one.Don’t even get me started on my disgust with flat characterization. On a character-driven novel. Miles had personality and voice, but everyone else was drawn like a stick (ironically what Miles wants to be, heh).On a last note, I’m gonna say that it takes an act of God himself to make me want to clean my room. This novel, somehow, ended up propelled me to do that.I take this to mean I was uninterested? Bored?You tell me.So, D. Thank god the writing style at least was redemptive.

  • super captain man
    2019-04-18 20:51

    This is honestly one of the first books I've had this year that I had difficulty finishing. I didsliked this book for a few different reasons:1. The plot for this book was really weak. A girl's cousin dies and the girl continues her life before the death, except sometimes she seems kind of sad about her cousin.2. The writing style. It was really weird the way some things were said.3. MILES. I really, really disliked Miles. All she did was complain. Her best friend (cousin. Sister. Laura) dies and all she can do is complain about how fat she is or how she wishes her friend would love her or how she wants to get high.All in all, I think this book had the potential to be a good story, but it didn't really turn out that way.

  • Lea
    2019-04-12 19:06

    I usually don't write reviews on books, but this one needed one. This book was AWFUL. I should have known I wasn't going to like it because I tried to read a book from this author once before and it bored me to death. This book felt like there wasn't much a point to it except that the sister/cousin girl over dosed and died. There was absolutely no climax or turning point in this book... my suggestion is to not waste your time.

  • Heidi
    2019-04-11 13:55

    I didn't like this book but I had my reasons. It's so boring, I didn't even finish it. Here are a couple of my reasons (besides the fact that I usually only ever write reviews for extremely horrible or extremely amazing books. There is no in between. And sadly, this book is the later.):1.) I really tried to understand Miles. Really I did. But when a character is this negative it's hard to like her or the book. She's so full of pessimism it's hard to swallow.2.) D.C., D.C, D.C it's like that's all she ever talks about. We get it your government is crap and you should have your rights but for the love of God don't make half of the book about that. It's boring me to death.3.) I was let down....I expected romance. I didn't get any, plus (view spoiler)[ I get why Jamal was mad but if my best friend almost died I don't care if I'm crazy mad I'll visit her in the hospital, I'll see her as soon as possible.(hide spoiler)]Do yourself a favor, don't read this book.

  • Haley
    2019-04-09 15:55

    Laura and Miles used to be cousins and best friends. They grew up in the paradise of their tree house, enacting fairy tales. You don’t know differences when you’re younger. So Laura was a blonde, blue-eyed perfect princess and Miles was a plump girl who started reading at the age of four and never stopped. So what? That didn’t stop them from doing Brownies, Girl Scouts, summer camp, swimming and dancing lessons together.Adolescence caused them to grow apart, because soon these differences do matter. One is a popular goddess, and one is a smoking, medicine-raiding outcast.Which one is more likely to commit suicide?You’d never think it would be the beautiful girl. With Laura gone, Miles has to reevaluate her life over the course of a summer, and decide if it’s worth living after all.Dark, perhaps, but the darkness is necessary for the subject matter, and there’s some humor in here as well…Miles still leaves some hope.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-13 21:13

    You Know Where To Find Me was an interesting book. It was interesting enough to keep me reading it but it didn't completely engross me. It's a hard book to talk about because I'm not entirely sure about it.Sure, it was quite interesting, from the start I was wanting to know where it was going. But as I got further and further into it, it just became really predictable and kind of cliché.The characters didn't really capture me emotionally either. I felt that when the mood was supposed to be sad and quite serious I just didn't really feel that emotional attachment. While the situation of Miles, and how she coped with grief was understandable I just didn't find it to be original or engaging.Overall I felt this novel was alright but it just didn't appeal to me. It just didn't capture the emotion or anything. I found it quite flat.I'd recommend this book to anyone who might want to give it a go but I dunno, it might appeal to someone else but to me it just didn't cut it.

  • Trisha
    2019-04-09 13:09

    page 34 - "she did not kill herself as a means of escaping something. She simply chose not to live. There's a difference."It's weird...but I found a book about suicide boring.No, boring isn't the right word. I think I just didn't connect with any of the characters. The conversations were strange for me because they seemed...forced? had confusing slang/lingo? never seemed to be about what they were actually saying but I could never actually squeeze out the real meaning either...and, honestly, Miles kind of sucks. she just doesn't do anything. She complains, but only some. She does drugs. a lot. and describing the high as so great....it's just such a confusing book.I'm always nervous about YA books that portray suicide...as anything other than a really really bad thing. this doesn't portray it as bad or good. nor does it portray drugs as bad. ....

  • Hayden
    2019-04-05 12:48

    This book is getting on my nerves. I'm about 40 pages in, and I'll give it 50, but unless it seriously picks up I'm going to chuck it. It keeps vacillating between omniscient past tense (the words "Once upon a time" are used repeatedly) and first person present tense. I get the feeling Rachel Cohn thinks she's being Very Extremely Literary, but in fact it just sucks.

  • Akilah
    2019-03-28 17:52

    Wow, so I really hated this book. Besides nothing happening, the narrator is fat. No, really. She's FAT and she loves to eat but she hates herself because she's FAT and no one will ever love her because she's FAT and FAT FAT FAT FAT FAT. Her real problem is that she's BORING because she's so obsessed with being FAT.

  • Suad Shamma
    2019-04-20 18:02

    I enjoyed reading this book, and it did make for a fast-paced read, but I can't say it was fully developed or great.If I were to compare the character development, plot and storyline of this novel to other Rachel Cohn novels, then I would say she fell short writing this one. But if I were to compare the themes depicted in this novel to her other novels, then I'd have to say there were some very interesting, profound and serious themes that needed to be accentuated or even played up.Miles is not a very likeable character. At first, with her cousin committing suicide, the depression, mourning and grief, I figured, it's alright, it's to be expected. It's a phase. She needs to go through this to see the light. But she never did. And it got tiresome after a while. The obsession with her weight was completely unexpected. Not from her anyway. At some point I was starting to get sick of her references to her weight. Sure, I do think weight has become a very serious issue with teenagers - especially females - and should be explored and addressed, but Miles did not strike me as one to be concerned with appearances overly much - not to this extent anyway. So the fact that she kept obsessing about it, and even tried to find ways to lose weight quickly in order to get a guy to like her, and to think that the only reason her best friend's in love with a girl is because of her body, made her seem just silly and immature. Which was sad. And it was definitely a downgrade from where I had first placed her when I started reading the story.Yes, Miles has many problems she's dealing with, her looks being one of them, but she was smart, independent, liberal, outspoken and opinionated. That sort of person does not think that if I was just as skinny as that girl, my best friend would have fallen in love with me instead. No. That person is concerned with deeper things like books and politics and "freedom".If Cohn wanted to address the weight issue in teens, she could have used Bex as the perfect candidate to explore in-depth what sort of problems girls get themselves into in order to fit a certain weight-criteria. It just didn't fit with Miles personality. Not in my opinion anyway.Furthermore, the politics theme, although interesting, just seemed to come out of nowhere. When picking up the book and reading what it is about, you would never consider it to be a book that would make such a strong political statement. Yes, the story takes place in Washington D.C., and Jim - Laura's dad - is gay, so you have the gay rights theme, and Jamal - Miles's best friend - is black, so you have the racism theme, and SOWM - Bex's dad - is a Congressman. All of this put together presents you with the whole picture of where the politics come in. And Miles has a lot to say when it comes to America's political agenda, and she states her opinion throughout the book several times. However...it still does not mesh with the overall plot! Yes, reading it is great, and it's interesting, and it makes you think and nod or shake your head at some of the claims and viewpoints, but it pretty much has nothing to do with the storyline.Laura committed suicide, and Miles needs to move on - so where does the politics fit in? She abuses drugs and pharmaceuticals, she sleeps too much, she eats too much, she does not take care of herself, she attempts to sabotage every relationship she has, be it with her best friend or father or principal/counselor. And that's understandable, those are all signs of grief and her way of coping with her loss. But politics?Jamal did get irritating as well. Miles is his best friend, and he's been through most everything with her, and she had just lost her cousin - who was pretty much the closest thing to her - and yet, he was barely there for her. Yes, he claims that he was in fact there for her but she never accepted the help or friendship he offered, but she has just LOST HER COUSIN/SISTER! How could you even think that that was a proper explanation to why you weren't there for her? Seriously? So you stopped by a few times, and she was high and passed out with a book on her lap, so that's it? You just walk away - at least you tried, right? You stopped by and found her asleep, but hey, you did stop by, so that counts! And then he starts a serious relationship with the deceased's friend, and slowly grows distant from his best friend, but is always portrayed as the overly caring guy who always looks out for her. I completely disagree with that breakdown of his character.Let's look at the evidence - when Miles passed out in Floyd's bathroom, the same bathroom she went to, to check up on his girlfriend in the first place, who dropped her home and made sure she was okay the next day? Nope, not Jamal.When Miles lost her job because the bookstore she worked at her whole life, that same place that was her safe haven, was out of business, who came to ask about her and make sure she's okay? Nope, not Jamal.When Miles was 'kidnapped' to go on a road trip with her best friend and two people she hardly knows or gets along with, who ditched her the entire time and then spent the night having loud sex with his girlfriend and leaving Miles on her own with the grief-stricken, sexually-aroused, ex-boyfriend of the deceased? Yes, you got it, that was Jamal.Oh oh, let's look at the 'hard' evidence, shall we? When his best friend overdosed and almost died, who was the first person she called for help? Hmm...let's think about that one for a bit...oh, wait...NOT Jamal!I think that fact alone proves my point that he really was not there for her. And to be mad at her, and refuse to see her when she had almost died, even after it had happened because he is still so mad at her and cannot seem to forgive her, knowing he is leaving the city soon makes me think he's the worst kind of friend. But that's just my analysis of Jamal. A fraud.That aside, I honestly did find the book entertaining, but I just think there were so many thoughts, ideas, and themes Cohn was trying to convey that they ended up being scattered all over the place, which ultimately had an impact on the consistency and flow of the story.However, Rachel Cohn remains an incredible writer, and this is my first book for her as a stand-alone author without David Levithan's input. Reading it, I know I'll be picking up more books for her.

  • Olivia705
    2019-04-14 15:09

    PROCESS NOTES!!BOOK: You Know Where to Find MeAuthor: Rachel CohnPost its!• Page 7, I don’t get Miles. She could be a straight A student, I don’t care! She is stupid in the head! The teachers say she is born with the power to write, and read but yet se chooses not to. Why would she want to do that?! • Page 7, OMG! She sounds like the smartest student ever, why won’t she just try?• Page 9, when she brings up once a time, I feel like she is saying the things she wants to happen or the things that already happened.• Page 31, Ok does she not like Laura or not? She’s like nothing can fix the way I feel for her. But then in the funeral she doesn’t cry and doesn’t fell bad that Laura died all she is saying like its Laura’s funeral but I am happy! How could she say that? Even though Laura went on she should still feel sympathy for them.• Page 32, I feel like Laura is trying to be tougher than she really is.• Page 33, I’m still really confused about how her relationship was with Laura. She is always like I have dreams about her I wish she would come back, but yet she doesn’t care the she died.• Page 34, I don’t know if Miles is having a phase that most people have when their cousin dies or if she is just crazy! She thinks she can hear her! Its like the sixth sense again but in a different way.• Page 35, what kind of family member is she???? She feels no sympathy for Laura!• Page 45, someone has a crush on Miles! (Jamal!)• Page 53, I think that smoking is a big thing in the book. There always smoking and I think that its symbol for Laura and Miles friendship!• Page 54, I can tell that smoking brings Miles and Jim together.• Page 116,??? I think that Miles could be such a smart person if she just believed in herself.• Page 119, ☹, Why does Miles always lie to herself? She definitely has something wrong with her.• Page 128, Jamal isn’t the one that love Miles, Miles is the one the loves Jamal! But he doesn’t see it.• Page 129, ☺, hahah yeah she does!• Page 130, I think that Jamal is such a good friend and what he does to Miles helps her she just doesn’t see it!• Page 132, ☺, I am sooo glad that Bex blew up on Miles about the politic stuff, because Miles is always “I hate Bex,” She’s just jealous that Jamal likes her. • Page 134, now I feel kind of bad for Miles. Bex is always saying this is me and Laura’s place, but it seems like Miles and Laura don’t have any places anymore and they became invisible to each other. I feel bad because Bex almost stole Laura from her.• Page 136, I REALLY want Bex and Miles to become best friends!• Page 142, <3• Page 150, I think it’s really funny that Miles and Jim are closer than Buddy and her and Buddy is her dad.• Page 164, Miles never appreciates anything!• Page 169, but the only place she can escape to is her dreams, and that’s where she keeps everything bundled up.• Page 173, I know this is a bad thing but I have thought about it. Miles should maybe kill herself to get away from her problems since that what she thinks about, but I don’t think that will help anything, she’s just running away and that’s not good.• I feel like her dream and fairytale life is all she can live up to.• Page 184, ☺ yeah Jamal you tell her! Smoking+pills=Miles!• Page 188, Miles your in real life! STOP RUNNING!So far this book has been really good at sine parts but then also sooo boring at other perts. I kind of feel bad for miles in a way. Yeah her best friend died and before she died they weren't as close as they were befor but like then she is also saying like how she feels great the day of the funeral. I don't get that if I were miles I would be so sad if my best friend dies I wouldn't even be able to be myself. I feel like miles is trying to be really tough because of how Laura like dissed her in the other past years and doesn't want to say how she feels when she actully feels terrible about what happen. I also feel bad for her because of who she is. She is always saying how like she is so ugly and goth and is smart but hides. But I think she just be her self, because I know who she is trying to be is not working. She smokes all the time and doesn't care it could kill her, when people say it. I don't know why but I think a lot of authors like to put the dad as a person that doesn't like to show their love or just can't. Miles lives with Lauras dad and miles her dad never talk, and when they do it's like awkward. It's like the book hurricane song and how I live now.

  • Zainab
    2019-04-26 15:01

    “You know where to find me “ by Rachel Cohn is a realistic fiction story set in Washington D.C. it is an interesting book which tells the story about the girl Miles who considered herself as unwanted one. The story is told by the first person narrator and it is a journey of loss and forgiveness. Miles is the protagonist of the book. She thought that she is irrelevant to her mom Mel and her dad. That is why they left her alone and got busy in their lives. But the person to whom Miles was close with, her cousin Laura. They were best friends. They used to share everything to each other. Miles got too depressed when her cousin Laura committed suicide. “Laura is dead”( p. 19 ). After Laura’s death Miles felt alone. Jamal was miles friend and he helped her to take out all the depression and sadness. Jamal was always there whenever Miles need him. Jamal was really kind to Miles and always help her but Miles took his kindness more than friendship and started liking him. She had a special feeling towards him but she didn’t wants to tell him and spoil their friendship. “Miles wishes she could tell this to Jamal”. At the end Miles realized her mistake that he had a wrong views about her parents and about Bex. She felt sorry about it and Miles forgave all those people who hurt her. In the story all the characters were believable. They all were supportive. The story of this book is really compelling to a reader to go over and read the whole story.I would like to recommend this book to my friends because it is such a good and interesting book. A person who loves to read deep, will enjoy the book.

  • Rachael
    2019-04-14 20:09

    Beautiful Laura and chubby Miles are sister-cousins, cousins by blood but as close as sisters. That is, until adolescence, when perfect Laura ditches Miles for more popular friends, and outcast Miles is dubbed “8 Mile.” But during Laura’s last year of high school, the cousins reconnected over a shared love of getting high. Miles thought she had gotten Laura back; she didn’t know how far they really were until Laura commits suicide. Miles now finds herself lost, not knowing who to turn to or what to care about. You Know Where to Find Me follows a struggling Miles as she tries to figure out how life will go on.I found You Know Where to Find Me a confusing novel at best. In all honesty, I liked the first and last chapters but pretty much nothing in between. Miles’ character was very confusing, and I didn’t feel that the rest of the characters were developed enough, especially Miles’ parents. I also never really felt the connection between Laura and Miles that should’ve been there. The novel follows Miles’ life, but I often felt myself thinking, “Well, so what?” You Know Where to Find Me lacks a certain something that could make it a really great novel, and I regret to say that this book greatly disappointed me. I originally expected this novel to be similar to other spectacular novels dealing with death and suicide such as The Day I Killed James by Catherine Ryan Hyde, Saving Zoë by Alyson Noël, Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, and Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe, but You Know Where to Find Me unfortunately failed at this.I’m sorry to say that You Know Where to Find Me is probably the first book I’ve read that I don’t recommend at all (not including school-required novels). This book was just too disappointing. reposted from http://thebookmuncher.blogspot.com

  • Becky
    2019-04-02 14:09

    You can almost always find our heroine, Miles, popping pills, getting high, or smoking. She's a drug addict who is content--or content enough at least--living a very wasted life. She plans on dropping out of high school once she turns eighteen. Even the suicide of her cousin, Laura, (drug overdose) fails to get through to her. Life is meaningless, right? It doesn't matter. It just doesn't matter. Miles is overweight, unhappy, and seeking release through drugs. She doesn't necessarily want to die. But she doesn't want to live either.Miles has a few friends--including Jamal and Bex--but most of the time the drugs are more important than they are. And her cousin's father--her 'uncle'--is one of the few people in life that she can just be with...without any strings attached. Let me clarify, I mean be herself with. No show. No hypocrisy. They are two of the people feeling this loss the heaviest. Her father is also in the picture...a little bit. She mainly keeps him in the fringes of her life. Not letting him in. And certainly not letting him see her as she really is. Her mom? Out of the picture escaping conveniently across the ocean.Miles is about as lost as a girl can get...well, as lost as she can be while still having a heart beat.I think that You Know Where To Find Me will either appeal to you...or not. It wasn't quite my thing. I know it sounds awful to not like Miles. After all, she doesn't love herself or respect herself...and someone needs to love her. But other than the fact that at one point Miles loved to read, really loved to read, we have very little in common. I guess I've just never felt so deeply-troubled and angry and despondent.© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

  • Alicia Evans
    2019-04-24 12:56

    Miles and Laura grew up more like sisters than the cousins they really are and they were inseparable until about high school age. Miles feels like Laura is far too perfect with her thin frame, happy (outward) demeanor, and popularity while Miles is a self-proclaimed chubby girl who is both goth and unfriendly. When Laura suddenly kills herself, Miles is hurt and confused by Laura not inviting her along for the ride. She must also deal with her drug addictions and her beliefs that no one truly cares for her when many of the events we see point to the contrary.The book was a new take on dealing with a loved one's suicide since the majority of the book was Miles hating Laura or mourning not dying herself. Miles's problems with overeating and drugs also gave the book more complex additions, but there was a lot going on here. Overall, I liked the character because she seemed realistic and she was also a different kind of heroine than the ones that I usually see. However, I don't feel like I want to be in her head again right away nor did I feel like I wanted to be there all the time when I was, but maybe that was the overall point. I would suggest reading it for the themes of dealing with suicide and the loss of a loved one, but I have seen other texts that do so in a more engaging way. Perhaps read the book for actually having a plus size character since we don't see those very often, but it wasn't shown in a positive light so it kind of doesn't help in those regards either. I'm torn because I like a lot of Cohn's other works, but I find that she is best shown through her uses of humor and those didn't come through as often here, hence my lukewarm review.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-27 14:57

    This book has amazing characters, Miles and Laura are like sisters but they really are cousins. Miles was left with her uncle which is Laura's dad he natures Miles while her father gets better and her mother comes back. While living most of her life with Laura they become very close. Laura is a very beautiful smart popular girl and Miles looks at herself as unattractive and unpopular. For some reason Laura decide she doesn't want to stick around anymore and Miles goes on with her life full of loneliness, confusion and hurt. Miles isn't alone in this tragedy her friends and family suffer as well. I can say "you know where to find me" was a good book. I fell in love with the characters. This book really goes into details about the main character miles life and how she hurts. If you are into funny and moving inspirational stories this book is for you if you are not into these categories this book will give you in sites of drug abuse, depression, suicide, family, and love. This book made me cry and laugh I really recommend it to you book lovers out there. Rachel Cohn is a great author this book was a real inspiration not just for me but I am sure for other people that read this book as well. I really recommend this book read it read it read it! you will love it. I could definitely picture the characters and hardship they went threw. All the characters were great like a said before.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-30 16:57

    Laura and Miles were cousins but they might have been sisters, they were so close. They grew up together and shared everything--talks in the tree house, cigarettes, snacks, prescription drugs--until Laura kills herself, that is. Miles was left to deal with the emotional detritus left behind after Laura’s death. Miles can not understand why Laura did it when she had everything, beauty, popularity, a loving, rich father, a great boyfriend, where Miles was overweight, preferred her books to people, an uncaring mother, and an unrequited crush on her best friend Jamal. Miles feels so alone after Laura is gone, especially after Bex, Laura’s best friend from her private school, finds solace with Jamal. She quickly descends into abusing the prescription drugs that she and Laura used to share; feeling like no one understands what she is going through and utterly alone. Without even realizing it, people in her life begin to notice her self-destruction and try to help, but is it too late? This interesting novel contains a variety of issues including statehood for Washington D.C., interracial relationships, alternative families, prescription drug abuse, woven together in a believable way that will appeal to many teens.

  • M
    2019-04-11 18:01

    "If she could only tell him the sum total of all she loves in him, he'd know she wasn't some ignorant kid who couldn't possibly understand or could experience love; he'd see that she knows it and she hurts for it." - You Know Where to Find Me, Rachel CohnWhen perfect cousin Laura commits suicide, Miles must find a way to understand and cope with the grief and turmoil that's left behind.I really liked the whole message and point of this book. However, I gave it three stars because I often found it difficult to read because I was so bored. The book had its good and bad parts.

  • Jaci
    2019-04-06 19:05

    I've had this book for a while and just never got around to reading it. As soon as I began this book I had no interest but decided to give it a chance. The entire time reading it, I found myself having to re-read pages because I dozed off. I didn't care about the character and thought it was so boring. The idea sounded good but I just didn't like it. It was a really quick read and it seemed like it was over before I knew it, but not because I liked it. I just wish I hadn't of spent 10 bucks on it. I don't recommend it.

  • Jasmine Diaz
    2019-03-28 18:46

    This book is about a girl named 8 mile and her cuzin named laura 8 miles cuzin killed herself laura was the preety skinny girl and 8 mile was the chubby girl that nobody wanted to hang with besides one person named Jamal. He and his sister was her only friend. 8 Mile had a problem with rules she didnt care to much for them or the government. She read all the time that was her escape from reality and dealing with the death of her best frind/cuzin. 8 mile became addicted to drugs and ended up oding. her uncle jim and dad buddy made sure she got the help she needed

  • Alicia
    2019-04-19 19:50

    A disappointment for Cohn fans. She has her characteristic witty females, but in this story, the characters lack plausibility and depth. Miles goes into depression after her beautiful cousin kills herself. The true mystery becomes what Miles' true relationship is with Laura. "Help me out here, kid? Don't you have anyting to say to your old man?"I repeat back to him an AA adage from a poster I saw on the wall there: "Don't speak unless you can improve upon silence."

  • Nicola
    2019-04-08 14:03

    I don't really have much to say about this book as I never really got into it properly! I finished it but didn't really enjoy it. I thought the writing was all over the place- the tense changing just annoying me too much and did not work as smoothly as it could have. I thought I would like this book but it really disappointed me. Just nothing exciting or unusual and definitely not memorable.

  • L. G. Schmidt
    2019-04-25 13:59

    Oh my Lord this book was terrible. I couldn't even bring myself to finish it. First of all, it was far too political, and second of all, I felt absolutely zero sympathy for the awful protagonist.

  • Miss Bookiverse
    2019-03-27 20:12

    Kurz und knappStilistisch ein Volltreffer. Rachel Cohn schreibt poetisch, ehrlich und originell. Inhaltlich ist der Roman gewöhnungsbedürftig. Themen wie Drogenkonsum und das politische System in Washington D.C. werden sehr detailiert beschrieben und diskutietiert, sicher nicht jedermanns Geschmack. [3 STERNE]Lang und breitNach den ersten paar Seiten war ich hin und weg. Der Anfang wird wie ein modernes, originelles Märchen erzählt und handelt von einem Mann namens Jim, der unbedingt ein Kind haben möchte.„Apparently being gay, sterile, and old were not factors that should stop Jim from realizing the baby dream. He was independently wealthy, he could make his own dreams happen. So Jim got his beautiful young lover, a Legolas clone but normal-size and from this dimension, to do his thing into a cup. Jim found the perfect surrogate mother, a fit and attractive, penniless medical student who looked like a poor man’s Gwyneth Paltrow. If she could do him this favor, he could put her through medical school.”(S. 1)Nach dem ersten Kapitel wechselt die Erzählperspektive zu Protagonistin Miles. Ihre Erzählweise ist nur selten märchenhaft, aber auch ihr merkt man Rachel Cohns sprachliches Können an. Sie hat eine raffinierte, intelligente Ausdrucksweise, die oft poetisch rüberkommt:„Too many hydros and my body will develop a tolerance, so this jive turkey has decided to go cold turkey. Insomnia, you are mine. I embrace you. I accept you. I smoke through you.”(S. 69)Trotzdem hat mir der Märchenstil aus Sicht des allwissenden Erzählers besser gefallen. Leider tauchen solche Kapitel nur ein paar Mal auf.Am meisten ans Herz gewachsen sind mir die beiden älteren Herren. Zum einen wäre da Buddy, Miles’ Vater, der sich nie richtig um sie gekümmert hat. Als Miles’ Mutter sie nach dem Selbstmord von Laura (Miles’ beste Freundin, Cousine und quasi-Schwester) allein in D.C. zurücklässt, um ihren Freund in England zu besuchen, ist Buddy erst nur als Anstandswauwau zur Stelle. Aber nach und nach ist mir klar geworden, dass dieser überforderte, tollpatschige, liebenswerte Mann sich wirklich um Miles sorgt und es hat mir das Herz erwärmt als sie das endlich auch erkannt hat.Genauso viel Charme hat auch Jim, der alte schwule Herr, Lauras Ziehvater, dem das Anwesen, auf dem auch Miles wohnt gehört. Er setzt sich für viele politische Rechte ein, verurteilt andere Menschen aber nie nach dem, was sie nach außen zu sein scheinen. Er ist irgendwie schrullig und hat so viel Geld, dass er sich alles leisten kann, aber auch das erspart ihm die Trauer über Lauras Verlust nicht. Die Momente, in denen er mit Miles zusammen raucht und über das Leben philosophiert, haben mir vor lauter Qualm zwar Tränen in die Augen getrieben, waren aber dennoch Gold wert.Zu Miles selbst habe ich eine kleine Hassliebesbeziehung aufgebaut. Einerseits fand ich sie ziemlich cool, weil sie eine totale Leseratte ist, ziemlich zynisch, aber auch kreativ und äußerst wortgewandt. Leider konnte ich sie auch oft nicht verstehen. Weder ihr endloses Gequatsche über die Politik in D.C. oder ihre Schwärmerei für ihren besten Freund, noch ihr überschwenglicher Drogenkonsum haben es mir besonders leicht gemacht, sie wirklich zu mögen. Außerdem ist sie den meisten Menschen gegenüber sehr feindselig eingestellt und gibt nur wenigen die Chance überhaupt nett zu ihr zu sein, was vermutlich einfach eine Schutzhülle ist, um nicht verletzt zu werden. Gerade nach Lauras Selbstmord war das verständlich.Insgesamt gab es in diesem Roman viel zu viele Themen mit denen ich nichts anfangen konnte. Zum einen wären da die Drogen. Es werden zig Namen von Medikamenten und Rauschmitteln aufgezählt, die mir fast nie etwas gesagt haben. Zum Glück wurde auch die Wirkung dieser Stoffe ziemlich gut beschrieben. Das hat es für mich zwar immer noch nicht interessanter gemacht, aber ich konnte mir wenigstens vorstellen wovon die Rede ist.Anders stand es da um das Politikgequatsche im Zusammenhang mit Washington D.C.. Es wurden ständig etwas am politischen System diskutiert und kritisiert ohne dass ich davor viel Vorabwissen verabreicht bekommen habe. Für Leute, die in der Stadt oder ihrer Nähe leben, mag das alles Sinn machen, aber ich wusste zu 80% der Zeit nicht wovon die Rede ist und habe mich gefragt, was das alles in einem Buch verloren hat, in dem es doch eigentlich um den Verlust eines Menschen geht.Dazu kommt dann immer wieder das Erwähnen von Hip Hop und ähnlichem, was den Eindruck, dass das typische D.C. einfach nicht meine Welt ist, noch verschärft hat.Ich befürchte Rachel Cohn hat einfach zu viel in dieses Buch gepresst. Zwischenzeitlich habe ich sogar einen anderen Roman gelesen, weil ich einfach keine Lust mehr auf die Themen hatte und dabei hat das Buch nur gut 200 Seiten.Erst ganz am Ende fühlte ich mich irgendwie wohl in Miles Welt.(view spoiler)[Als sie eine Überdosis nimmt, habe ich die Seiten doch etwas schnell umgeblättert, denn ich wollte wissen, ob sie es schafft und was danach mit ihr passiert. Auch dass sie am Ende Buddy eine Chance gibt und ihn aus anderen Augen sieht, hat mir sehr gefallen. (hide spoiler)]Die KameradenRachel Cohn ist mir schon seit einiger Zeit aus ihrer Zusammenarbeit mit David Levithan bekannt. Die Bücher, die die beiden zusammen schreiben, gehören zu meinen Top-Favouriten. Von David Levithan habe ich schon viele Einzelwerke gelesen, die mir ebenfalls ausgezeichnet gefallen haben. You Know Where To Find Me war nun mein erstes Rachel-Cohn-only Buch und ich bin recht enttäuscht. Sprachlich erkenne ich zwar die Rachel, die ich liebe, aber inhaltlich habe ich etwas komplett anderes erwartet. Trotzdem werde ich nicht aufgeben und noch ein paar anderen ihrer Werke eine Chance geben.Die UnbeantwortetenKeine offenen FragenDie OptikDas Paperback Cover finde ich nett, aber eher unspektakulär. Es ist halt ein weichgezeichnetes Mädchen auf einer Wiese. Von den Farben passt es ganz gut zum Ton des Buches. Was mich ein wenig ärgert ist, dass das Cover ziemlich offensichtlich Laura zeigt. Laura nimmt sich zu Beginn des Buches das Leben. Ihr Verlust wirkt sich zwar extrem auf die Charaktere aus, aber eigentlich geht es doch um Protagonistin Miles. Ich will ja niemandem etwas vorwerfen, aber ich vermute fast, dass der Verlag kein fettleibiges Mädchen auf dem Cover haben wollte.Auch das Hardcover passt gut zum Inhalt und zur Atmosphäre des Romans, da viel die Rede von dem Garten ist, in dem Laura und Miles ihre Sommer verbracht haben. Obwohl das Verschwinden von Laura auf dem Cover sehr kunstvoll dargestellt wurde, frage ich mich wieder: warum nicht Miles?Das GelernteIn Washington D.C. gibt es einen Haufen Probleme, was das Wahlrecht der Bürger angeht. Worum es sich dabei im Speziellen handelt, konnte ich leider nicht erfassen.Die DoppelgängerCrank von Ellen Hopkins empfehle ich allen, die gern mehr über Drogenhochs und –tief lesen möchten.Before I Fall von Lauren Oliver ist offensichtlich ein Coverzwilling. Das Buch selbst setzt sich aber auch mit Suizid auseinander.

  • Sydney Johnson
    2019-04-02 14:53

    A disappointment. Don't waste your time. Thought this would offer insight into loss and dealing with suicidal thoughts but it was mostly just boring and insulting to differing political views.

  • Mike
    2019-04-05 18:44

    Like so many, I first came to Rachel Cohn after having read Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. I had liked David Levithan's role better than Cohn's. The two things I liked the least were the Norah chapters and the plot, the two things that Cohn had the most to do with. Thankfully, this book was much better than I expected.First of all, I need to address the depressing realism. Because it is very real. And very depressing. It was quite saddening to read about Miles's complete disenfranchisement of everything, her abuse of drugs, her certainty that she's not pretty, ect. It felt very much like what someone who was in Miles's situation in real life would do, for the most part. I couldn't get enough of it.The writing is also much better than I expected. Really, it's amazing what Cohn can do when she's not writing for someone who's as over-the-top as Norah is. Cohn did a good job of capturing the sadness of Miles's life, and even more impressingly, she gave (what appears to be) an accurate description of what it's like to be high.As I expected, however, the plot was the weak link. Until about 100 pages in, events rarely affected each other directly; it was more describing Miles's life. Some chapters didn't really affect the rest of the book at all, and some were dedicated entirely to flashbacks. For the most part, this was okay, but something a little more linear would've been good.Another problem was the inclusion of jokes. There weren't many, but the few that there were distracted from the intensity of the depressingness. Worse, due to the story, most of the jokes were very cynical. They kind of reminded me of the worst jokes in The Fault in Our Stars. The book would've benefited if they were removed.Thankfully, however, the characterization was enough to make this ignorable. (According to my browser, I sure am making up a lot of words today.) Miles wasn't great (more on that later), but Laura, Jamal, Buddy, and Jim were all well-developed and realistic. I always felt like they could be real people, and all of them were likable.Unfortunetly, I didn't really like Miles. I didn't always have a good idea for why she did some of the things she did. I had no idea why she was so detached from everything. It honestly took away from the intensity to have her like that. Another characterization error: I didn't know why Laura killed herself. No, really. I knew she was depressed, but I had no idea why. These are basic questions, and a lot of the book falls apart once they're asked.Still, despite these flaws, I think it's important that books like this exist, so I'll recommend it without much hesitation. And if you like this kind of intensity and angst, then you will absolutely love this. That being said, it completely baffles me that it's been so criticized among the GoodReads community. It's probably Cohn's most ignored books, and it's got a 3.26 rating average. While it did have it's flaws, I have no idea why it's so ignored and so hated.