Cousins Miles and Laura grew up like sisters in a non-traditional family environment. In high school, while Laura went to an elite private school and was smart, beautiful, and popular and Miles attended a public charter school and was goth, overweight, and an underachiever, the two shared a secret misery which they dosed with illegal prescription drugs in the tree house they had played in as children. So when Laura kills herself, Miles feels utterly abandoned. Self-medicating in the bathroom before Laura’s funeral is only the beginning of Miles’ summer-long downward spiral.
“You Know Where to Find Me” is a good recommendation for fans of “Thirteen Reasons Why” and books by Ellen Hopkins. It’s a powerful and engaging novel not just about suicide and drug abuse, but also about family, body issues, and unrequited love. While I wish some secondary characters had been more fully developed, particularly Laura, the ending of the novel is satisfying. There is, however, a thread throughout the whole book on the D.C. statehood campaign which is distracting and slightly annoying. While some teens do care about political issues, the didactic nature of that part of the book made me wonder if Cohn had some agenda while writing it or if she’d lost a bet.