|AUTHOR: David Levithan; photos by Jonathan Farmer|
PUBLISHER: Knopf Books for Young Readers
PUBLICATION DATE: Sept. 13, 2011
SOURCE: public library
GENRE: realistic, mystery
GIVE IT TO: grades 8-12
READALIKES: Thirteen Reasons Why (Asher), Hold Still (LaCour)
- Overall: 3/5
- Creativity: 5/5
- Characters: 4/5
- Engrossing: 2/5
- Writing: 4/5
- Appeal to teens: 5/5
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 4/5
- Language: mild
- Sexuality: mild-medium; some talk of teens having sex; some remembered kissing
- Violence: mild; stalking, talk of suicide
- Drugs/Alcohol: none
WARNING: The reviews on this site are intended for librarians who need thorough book reviews in order to make informed purchasing decisions. As such, anything below this warning may contain mild spoilers. I try not to give away too much, but I do review the entire book.
WHAT I LIKED: Hands down, my favorite thing about Every You, Every Me is the format. I picked this one up at the public library knowing nothing about it at all, and the crossed-out words and photographs piqued my interest. Despite a 3.46 Goodreads rating on my trusty Goodreads iPhone app, I was so curious about the format that I checked it out anyway.
While the story itself is slow and quiet (which I don't normally like so much), it works really well for this book. Evan narrates the story, and readers will clearly see his slow descent into depression, which began with what happened with Ariel and has worsened by the time the book begins. The mystery of what happened to Ariel and who is stalking Evan keeps the story moving along, despite Evan's profound sadness and confusion.
As far as characters, I really like Evan and feel so sorry for him. He clearly needs psychological intervention, and, despite the depressing mood of much of the story, I liked the way Levithan concluded it. This is only my second Levithan book (the other was Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist), and I am already a big fan of his unique writing style.
Readers should make a point to read the Acknowledgements pages at the end. Levithan describes how the story came to be and how he and Farmer worked to incorporate the photos. I think that may be the coolest "How My Book Came To Be" story I've ever heard.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: After reading, I do concur with the average rating. Despite Levithan's incredible writing style, the story itself isn't something I read compulsively. It is quiet, somber, and much of the story takes place within Evan's thoughts. I was curious about who was