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Are We There Yet?

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  2,358 ratings  ·  229 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Elijah is completely mellow and his 23-year-old brother Danny is completely not, so it’s no wonder they can barely tolerate one another. So what better way to repair their broken relationship than to trick them into taking a trip to Italy together? Soon, though, their parents’ perfect solution has become Danny and Elijah’s nightmare as they’re forced to sp ...more
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published July 12th 2005 by Alfred A. Knopf
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Liked it! It was short, yet surprisingly satisfying. I do have to say that there could have been a lot of stuff that can happen, but hey, it's not my book. The voice used in Are We There Yet? is different from David Levithan's collaborations. First of all, it's not in the first person point-of-view. I admit, I was kind of disappointed at first. Levithan's first person narrations are a riot. However, the third person narrative gave an in-depth no-nonsense feel to the story. Which I surprisingly d ...more
Aug 04, 2011 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 15 years and up (drug use/sexuality)
First of all, I'm surprised by my own reaction to this book. Usually, I am completely against any books that includes drug use but does not condemn it. In Are We There Yet?, one of the main characters smokes pot in a sort of neutral way--- this habit is neither encouraged nor discouraged. Since I am stubbornly against any drug use whatsoever, I was surprised that this didn't severely lower my enjoyment of the book. Because I enjoyed it very much.

This book was also sort of unusual for me becau

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This book is a quick, relaxed read because it doesn't have many pages, because most pages aren't even fully filled and because of the short chapters with the changing points of view.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the language, Levithan is quite a genius when it comes to describing feelings/thoughts/architecture/whatever. His style is so original and poetic without being boring or incomprehensible.

It was funny that Danny's and Elijah's journey took them through almost the same cities I'v
OH, my. Every Levithan book I've read is an amazing gift of words. ARE WE THERE YET? is funny, heartbreaking. I love Danny and Elijah and I want to strangle them. But what deep, reflective characters they are. Danny and Elijah, the Silver brothers, are 7 years apart and have never really been close. Their mother forces the issue the summer before Elijah's senior year in high school by tricking the boys into taking an Italian vacation together. We see all the petty resentments, misunderstandings, ...more
Are We There yet focuses on the characters of Elijah and Danny who are brothers. It would seem that Elijah is the dreamy brother, who loves to hang out with his friends at boarding school and has endless conversations with strangers. Meanwhile, Danny is the elder brother who is hardworking, serious, and completely devoted to his first job in advertising.

Throughout the novel, we learn that Elijah thinks of Danny as being a sellout, a phony, and a liar. While Danny throughout the novel thinks of
I love getting to know something about brothers & the young male point of view. I have sons, but I don't really understand them, especially the details of their r'ships with one another, and how much (or little?) they resemble other young men. I appreciated that Danny & Elijah have a lot going on inside, and they do care about each other & wish they'd get along better, but don't really talk much or know how to approach each other.

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Looking at Danny used to be like looking at the future. Now looking at Danny is like looking at a future he doesn't want.

Well, wasn't this a lovely story of two brothers? Our two brothers, Elijah and Danny, have a seven year age gap between them, and ever since Danny began to grow up the two of them have slowly drifted apart. After being inseparable Danny began high school and left Eljiah behind him. Now, they're older. Elijah sixteen and Danny twenty-three. Each brother thinks the other is t
David and Elijah Silver are 10 years apart, and while they were thick as thieves when Elijah was young, and Danny would wake the house every night to make sure the baby was ok, once Danny hit his teens, Elijah was shut out. Being so young, he didn’t understand, but he did learn to deal. Danny shut himself into his world, Elijah got lost in another.

One morning each brother receives a call from their mother explaining about Italy. She and their father were going to go, but his leg is acting up. Th
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Claire Kolln
Dec 07, 2011 Claire Kolln rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of dash and lily's book of dares and classic david levithan.
David levithan is one of my favorite authors.I find his books to be witty,fun, and very entertaining. Most of all, they aren't going to weigh you down with emotional plots. This book is from the viewpoint of two brothers who couldn't be more different yet they are very alike as well. When their parents trick them into going to Italy on a nine day all expense paid bonding trip, neither of them have high expectations. They take trips into their past as they explore the canals and roads of Italy. T ...more
Signe Hansen
I only really decided to read this, because I wanted to read something written by David Levithan before I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, so I had no real expectations as to how it would be.
Elijah and Danny are brothers, but they don't have anything in common. At all. Elijah thinks Danny's life is boring and too "grown-up", while Danny thinks Elijah is too much of a child and even a bit naïve. They used to spend all their time together when they were kids, but they haven't seen each other socia
Beth Chandler
Mar 02, 2011 Beth Chandler rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kat

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story of two semi-estranged brothers on a forced trip "alone together" in Italy. Yes, your expectation is "they will learn to appreciate each other" but Levithan approaches that sideways, typical of his quirky atypicalness. I appreciated the less-stereotypical-than-you-think-at-first characters, the offbeat travelogue of Italy seen through both brothers' experiences, and the
realistic, engaging sibling dynamics both in the brothers' current strained relationship
Liza Wiemer
Ahhh, David Levithan what a special gift you have for pulling the reader into your stories and allowing the reader to be a witness to important snapshots of your characters' lives. ARE WE THERE YET? is one of those novels that needs to be thought about after the last word is finished. For me, ARE WE THERE YET? is a metaphor for so much more than the obvious. What is the obvious? The plot. This is a novel about two brothers who have grown apart and their parents "almost" desperate attempt to help ...more
i don't have brothers, but this book resonates. i've never been to italy, but i feel like i understand. i don't have parents that would resort to "trickery" (actually, maybe i do) but some how this book felt like home.

"Travel is no longer a pursuit, he thinks. There is something inherently noble about that word - pursuit. Life should be a pursuit."

"Brothers are not like sisters," he says. From his tone, Danny can tell this is something he's learned. "They don't call each other every week. They
Steffanie Castaneda
Who hasn't fought with their siblings? It is natural that brothers & sisters don't get along, but sometimes, things can get out of hand.

Are We There Yet conveys an adventurous story about two brothers that attempt to survive a trip to Italy together. David Levithan is very detailed in describing artifacts & settings in museums & landmarks of Italy. Readers who love to learn about adventure & enjoy sightseeing will find Are We There Yet a great option to add to their list. I foun
Elijah used to idolized his big brother, but growing older has meant growing apart. Their parents coerce them into taking a trip to Italy to reconnect. High school senior stoner Elijah wants to wander and experience, while Danny, a twenty-something ad-exec, wants to stick to the timetable. The two get on one another's nerves more and more, finding occasional common ground in museums and reminiscence. When Elijah finds romance with a tourista and begins spending all his time with her, Danny finds ...more
Suki Fleet
I liked it. There was a lot of insight but I didn't feel the same character connection I've felt with other David Levithan stories.

I never usually comment on what tense a story is written--whether it's first or third or even second person narrative, because if a story is well written it doesn't bother me, and if someone were to ask me what tense or POV some of my favourite stories were written in I probably wouldn't know without reading--but I LOVED that this was written third person present ten
"Are We There Yet?" was a delicious treat after a few bland reads I discarded recently. Levithan has one of the most distinctive voices and writing styles I've seen in YA lit, and that really is something to admire. His concise sentences and careful word choice captures a beautiful snapshot of the lives of two brothers. The shining feature of this book is how authentically the two brothers are portrayed, as people who get annoyed at silly things, have misconceptions about each other, who sometim ...more
I said it before and I'll say it again, David Levithan is a genius. It's not so much the stories he tells or the settings (although Italy is pretty darn cool) but it's more about the way he conveys the character's true self. His characters (main ones, anyway) have depth. He describes things with such pinpoint accuracy so that you really get the character, so that you feel the character is you.
In the beginning, I couldn't stand Danny's character. I thought he was uptight and stuffy and a bit of
Another brilliant novel by David Levithan.

In the very beginning, I found myself favoring Elijah (the younger, free brother) over Danny (the older, all-business brother). I related to him by the way we both want English degrees, want happiness while our lives should feel happy, and want to explore and feel free and have a good lifestyle. He knew Danny got irritated by him.

But then I started liking uptight, workaholic Danny. He liked rules and order, then realized how different he'd gotten from be
It was just a quick read that was different from all the fantasy and thrillers I've been reading. It wasn't as good as I was expecting, since this is my first, full David Levithan novel; my first experience with him was in Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I just thought it was "meh", in the end. I do like that it was a quick read and helped me change my reading mood, but I just didn't find this book mind-blowing or anything.
Rebecca Saxon
This book, like the amazing Boy Meets Boy is written in Levithan's sparse, poetic style - which I absolutely love. When he employs his less is more style, like with this book, it makes for an engaging and emotionally satisfying experience. As someone who loves Venice, Florence and Rome it was a delight to relive visiting these cities. There seems to be a bit of a tonal shift with each city, which is fitting since I remember that from traveling. I also REALLY loved that the focus of this story wa ...more
Lucinda's Library
I love David Levithan in general, and everything he chooses to write, so I plucked this off the shelves in Public Library B with a sound of glee, and spent the rest of my evening shift trying not to read it at the counter. I was as keen as I always am to dive into a David Levithan and find a piece of myself staring back, like the answer to a question I didn’t know I was asking.

(No really. This ALWAYS happens. I’ll be reading something he’s written, and enjoying the writing, until suddenly from n
Anita Lee
It's very unusual to read a story concerning the relationship between two blood-related brothers. To be honest, nothing else comes to mind when I try to recall a second book on this subject.

Levithan depicts Danny and Elijah's past and present in a way that is both believable and relatable. The contrast between the two brothers' past closeness and current distance is something that is reflective amongst many siblings (it also kind of broke my heart).

I also greatly enjoyed the differences in per
Drew Boehmker
“It is a dangerous thing with brothers, to think you could be as strong as them, or as wise as them, or as good as them. To believe that you could have been the same person, if only you hadn’t gone a different way. To think that your parents raised you the same, and that your genes combined the same, and that the rest of what has happened is all your triumph . . . or failure.”

This contradiction, that fine line between what constitutes “triumph” and “failure,” is just one of many explored in Are
3.5 / 5

Oh man, Levithan's writing. It's kind of beautiful. The way he describes Eli's and Danny's feelings and the places they visit, uh, I can't.

It's really made me want to visit Italy.

It was an enjoyable, light read - definitely something I'd pick up again. Hopefully, next time, I won't want to knock the brothers' heads together as much.
Loafers Of London
I liked the premise and the beginning of this book a lot, but it sort of … dwindled in the middle. I am no stranger when it comes to sibling relationships and huge age differences so I was thrilled when I realised that the book would focus almost exclusively on the brothers' relationship with each other. One of this book's strong points was the fact that the writing is brilliant and funny and witty. But having said that, it did take me a week to read it. It wasn't one of those books which I simp ...more
Levithan has always been one of my favourite writers, but this book seemed to lack the emotional touch that drew me into all of his other works. Whether it was the Will Graysons and their relationship or his dictionary I was plowing through, there was always this feeling that he understood how we felt with a depth and clarity that resonates deeply. If anything, I appreciated the way Danny and Elijah's relationship seemed to mirror and question the way siblings tend to "grow" up and out of each o ...more
Mazz Nixon
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Are We There Yet is the first book, for me, in a very long time, that I've sat down and read in one. I picked it up one day - hopelessly out of John Green to read, hoping there would be similarities as they wrote Will Grayson, Will Grayson together.

I wouldn't say it is the kind of book that is so packed of action that you have to read it continuously. But it is mysterious, it raises questions for the characters in ways we think they'
Drew Wilkerson
What an underrated gem from David Levithan, one of my favorite authors. The plot summary does not do it justice at all. I'm not sure I've ever read a book before that addresses the sometimes confusing relationship of brothers as this one does. So glad I read this; it's my new favorite Levithan.
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David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

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