Every You, Every Me surprised me, but in a good way. I'd never read a book with photographs before this one, at least, not a book where the photographs are an integral part of the story, so I had no idea what to expect, but I ended up really enjoying it.
Every You, Every Me should have been confusing. There are strikethroughs throughout the story of everything from Evan's thoughts to fake conversation. You would think that something like that may trip you up and having you rereading things just to make sure you know what's going on, but I never found myself confused. Evan's thoughts can also go from past to present with absolutely no transition at all, but it's written in such a way that you know exactly what's going on.
The thriller/mystery aspect was also done really well. As I was reading I had thoughts of what may have happened and what may be going on, but I could never say for sure until Levithan spelled it out for me. I love the subject this takes on. Not...
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As a fellow writer, I can appreciate this book from that perspective, as I always strive for authenticity, if I weren't an author myself, I'm not sure I would enjoy this book quite as much, as I more enjoyed it for the literary approach than anything else. It also should be noted that I read a ARC edition, so the photos were not in full color like the one you will buy or find at your library. :)
I actually tend to write in a very stream,-of-consciousness style myself, so this doesn't bother me, and I really loved the idea of revolving a story around pictures that someone else took and gave to you (whether original or not). The crossed-out text did not bother me, in a way, it added to the authenticity, as when I was a teenager and I journaled, I did the EXACT same thing because I was very upset sometimes at things I wrote, I even tore pages out sometimes actually, and ripped them to tiny little pieces. So, in terms of authenticity, I think this book is spot on. The...
Evan's best friend is Ariel. Evan's only friend is Ariel. Ariel is gone.
But what happened to Ariel? And who is sending photographs of Ariel (and other people, initially unidentified) to Evan?
David Levithan's novel Every You, Every Me incorporates photographs by Jonathan Farmer. While Evan scrutinizes each and every picture and note he receives, it is worth remembering the tagline on the cover of the book: "A picture is worth a thousand lies." Readers have more than one mystery to figure out here. Evan's first-person narration is mostly directed to Ariel, addressing her from the get-go, using "you" frequently and really pulling you into his story and in his thoughts - but do you think he's a reliable narrator, and do you think he had something to do with Ariel's departure? Your opinion may change from chapter to chapter as more backstory is detailed, and it may change again when the truth is finally revealed in the final chapter.
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