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You Knew Me When

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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  2,323 ratings  ·  305 reviews
Best friends forever… until life got in the way. Katherine Hill left her small New England hometown in pursuit of a dream. Now, twelve years later, she’s a high-powered cosmetics executive in Manhattan and a much glossier version of her former self, unrecognizable to her family and old friends. Not that she would know—she hasn’t been home in over a decade.

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by NAL
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Jessica S
4.5/5

I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads winner.

I'm going to start off by saying that this isn't normally my type of book. I don't even completely know why I entered the giveaway other than the fact that it's a book about friendship. BUT now, I really love this book.

The premise of the novel is actually pretty interesting (the synopsis is extremely long so I'm not pasting it here), and although I don't normally like books that switch perspectives much less time frames, it's extremely
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Wendy
May 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
Reader beware: this book contains an extensive use of profanity. I found the swearing to be totally unnecessary and bordering on offensive. It actually detracted from the story. There is one occasion of drug use, which I also felt was unnecessary, offensive and detracting. While the story idea of 'You Knew Me When' is good, the writing is cliche and the characters are shallow. This author obviously thinks that women are only valued for their appearance. Women who are skinny with perfectly applie ...more
Wendy
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I recieved this book as an advanced readers copy and honestly dont know why it took me so long to read it. Im not going to give a recap of this story as most ratings do.....I am just going to tell you what I thought of it. I really enjoyed the book. It was very predictable, there were really no surprises and I knew where it was headed the entire time.....that being said, I loved reading it, couldnt put it down really......its an enjoyable, easy read. I enjoyed the characters, even though I didnt ...more
Sherri F.
Audio edition: 3.5+ stars - Audio was narrated really well which I think led to 4 rating than it may have been if I read it. I did enjoy the story and listening to it despite it being on the predictable side and several times getting the feeling that I've read something like this before. I liked most of the characters, but Laney, esp. for being the one not new to town and being pretty and well-liked, came across as way too needy for new friend/best friend. Although when I moved to a new town dur ...more
Camie
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kitty Hill and Laney Marten become best friends after Kitty and her father move near the Marten family in Manchester, Vermont, following the untimely death of Kitty's mother. Later their relationship becomes strained as they go to different universities and end up living completely different lifestyles. 12 years later they are both notified that they have been included in the will of their kindly widow neighbor, Luella and both unaware of the other's involvement , are summoned to claim their inh ...more
Judy Collins
This was my first book by Emily, and it definitely will not be my last!

I loved “You Knew Me When” and found it hard to put down-- as grabs you from the cover, and never lets you down throughout- to the ending. An ideal setting of Vermont and New York and could imagine the love within these three homes side by side in the neighborhood years ago. The author does an outstanding job of looking at each individual character in order for the reader to see all sides.

The characters were nicely devel
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Jill
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
When the book begins, you might think you’re reading an adaptation of "The Devil Wears Prada", the 2006 film with Meryl Streep as a powerful fashion magazine editor. In this book, Katherine Hill is a cosmetics executive, and she is only 34, but her persona is the same. She is excessively driven; self-preoccupied; all about appearances; mean; and a bully to her employees. There are also references thrown in to a loosely parodied version of the Kardashians, and you start thinking this will just be ...more
Kate E. Stephenson
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am a sucker for this kind of book. From the first pages you know that this story is well written, well paced, and populated with characters that you know and like. I’ve always believed the author’s job is to reflect life and help us see sense in what otherwise seems like nonsense. Emily Liebert does just that in this lovely coming of age book (yes, you can still be coming of age even into your thirties—wisdom is a work in progress). If you’ve ever had that feeling of Where did I get lost along ...more
Alissa
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: beach-book
The story isn't bad..... jumping back and forth in time we follow the friendship and estrangement of Laney and Katherine (Kitty) from when they meet at age 11 through the present at age 34 when they are reunited as heirs to the estate of their former neighbor. My two main issues with the book were:
1) the book builds up to the event that caused the estrangement and I just don't think what happened was so awful. The character made the right decision for herself, albeit handled sharing that decisio
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Danielle
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I adore books based on female friendships particularly when the characters are in their 20's and 30's as I have day to day experience of the connections and tensions that come with such bonds and the realisation that things really haven't changed much since we were teens.

YOU KNEW ME WHEN tells the story of Katherine (Kitty) and Laney - bonding as 11-year-old girls over lemonades in sunshine, their friendship deepened through the emotionally fraught ho
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Cynthia
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
 

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I did not want this book to end! This is the type of book that I love to read, strong friendship, love and reconciliation along with a great plot. Katherine aka Kitty Kat leaves behind a small New England town , her best friend and boyfriend for  the glamorous New York City and an even more glamorous job. I love NYC and the thought of a high-powered career in a cosmetics company. I liked and related to Katherine much more that Laney, while I did like Laney, I was rooting in Kather
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Talyah
This just wasn't my cup of tea. It's very girly and shallow.

I knew how the book would end only after a few chapters, so there were no surprises. I've read this story before only with different characters and settings, I didn't feel that there was anything new here. One thing that annoyed me was all the brand-dropping (Gucci, Droid, etc...), if it would have only been a few times I wouldn't have even noticed, but there were brand names dropped in damn near every description.

Laney is spoiled, mani
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Char Ipacs
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very engaging story. I felt the storyline was a bit unreal and somewhat predictable. But I do like a book that puts a smile on my face It was a easy read and some teachable moments in the book. I loved the epilogue!
Gina
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Kitty and Laney have been like sisters since grade school and have always had a master plan. They are going to college, move to NYC, and become famous. But things change when Luella, a elderly neighbor who has taken an interest in Kitty since her mother is dead, gets Kitty an interview with NYU. The master plan has changed and Kitty veers off path leaving Laney and her boyfriend, who happens to be Laney's older brother Grant, behind. Kitty attend NYU while Laney and Grant stay i
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Viviane Crystal
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kitty Hill and her father moved to Manchester, Vermont in the 1990s after they lost Kitty’s mother. It was just the right thing as Kitty quickly realized when she met a young girl exactly her age, Laney Marten, who lived two doors away from Kitty’s new home. In between lived a single woman, Luella Hancock, who also became a wise, loving presence in Kitty’s life and who allowed the girls to swim in her pool, eat her food, and just visit. Her home was their home. Kitty and Laney immediately bond a ...more
Leslie
2 stars

When I read the blurb for You Knew Me When, I thought I was going to be reading a heartwarming tale of two best friends/sisters finding their way back to each other. I wanted to have that story. Unfortunately, I found the story to be a little flat. I didn’t have a problem with the writing and I actually liked the switching POVs between adult Katherine and Laney and their childhood counterparts. It added insight into the relationship between them when they were younger, leading up to the
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Meredith Schorr
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Katherine and Laney were best friends from the time Katherine moved to Laney's street when they were 12 years old and they considered each other to be sisters. A fight between the two right after college graduation leaves the two estranged and while they both move on with their lives, the death of Luella, an adored neighbor, brings them together again. Forced to spend time together one-on-one, will Katherine and Laney forgive each other or are some wounds too deep to heal?

I would give this book
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Wendy Hines
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Most of us have friends that we've had almost our entire lives. But then there are the friends that we grew up with, but then drifted apart as we moved on with our own lives. I know I do and I remember most of them fondly and some I still miss. With You Knew Me When, this is also the case, but with a slight twist.

Kitty (Katherine) and Laney are best friends but they both have different dreams. Kitty leaves home to pursue hers and Laney, although also having big dreams, is left behind as a young
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chic-lit
YOU KNEW ME WHEN by Emily Liebert is an interesting Chic-Lit/Women's Fiction. Debut author Emily Liebert has written an interesting tale of love,lost,grief,friendship,forgiveness,healing and going home. If you have ever longed for a true friendship,an old friend or going home than YOU KNEW ME WHEN is definitely the story for you to read. Well written with characters who are realistic,engaging and will challenge your heart. The storyline is interesting as well as captivating. If you long for a si ...more
Sondra
I received thanks to a Goodreads giveaway, as an advanced copy of this book. Publication for mass market is set for September 2013 publication.

I truly loved this book! Two very strong female lead characters. Ms. Liebert has written a very beautiful and poignant story of friendship, heartbreak, the trials of both growing up and growing apart, yet finding your way back to what matters most. Her main characters jumped off the page as real life women. They are relatable, multi-dimensional, and I lo
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Jennifer Scott
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful and fun-to-read book about friendship - complete with all its drama. I could not put it down!! I loved the way the characters unfolded and developed, and I could totally relate!! I laughed out loud. I cried. I smiled. I sighed. It was awesome!
Beth Pieprzica
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: purchase
Kitty & Landholder best friend forever and then life takes over college, career, and general stuff. Interesting how life can bring people together and tear them apart to throw them back together to see how they deal with the choices they have made.
Teri Massey
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Decent beach read , predictable but interesting relationship twists, though not complex.
Tami Urbanek
Oct 28, 2013 marked it as to-read
Bought this at Barnes & Noble this weekend. Looking forward to beginning it!
Markie
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!! Particularly loved the setting!!! Practically in my backyard!!! I love visiting Manchester, VT!!! Awesome!!!
Margaret
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Quick, light read. It kept my interest, although it was a bit predictable and things were tied up a bit too neatly at the end.
Judy
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I would actually give it 4 1/2 stars. I liked how it went back and forth in time, and I felt a connection to all the characters. I would definitely recommend this book!
Karen
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun work of women's fiction. I needed it to cleanse my palette after reading too many thrillers.
Chloe
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was good but I do have a few issues with it. I really liked the story of young friendship and the thoughts it sparked about the road not traveled and what could've been. I liked how relatable both women were. I liked how the author used duel perspectives as well as duel timelines to really ramp up emotional impact. My overall enjoyment and engagement in the story was high and I had a really good reading experience. I did not like how Kitty was blamed so harshly and multiple relationshi ...more
Joan
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
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“Taste this." Rick held out a wooden spoon smothered in sauce, cradling the underside with his free hand.

"That's heaven." Laney licked the spoon clean. "When I die, bury me in a vat of that." She kissed Rick on the lips and heaved the groceries onto the counter.

"I feel like I'll be too sad to cook that much, what with you dead and all." He turned back to the pot, stirring the sauce as gently as he'd handle a newborn baby. "Though if we have a little advance warning, I could stockpile it in the freezer."

"Absolutely. I'll do what I can to die a slow death." Laney smirked. "All in the name of the sauce, of course.”
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