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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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Lauren
Aug 04, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
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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Miss Bookiverse
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
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NJ
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
Emily  (ObsessedReader)
2.5 stars
This was a decent enough book, but most of the time I found myself annoyed with the pretentious-feeling over-the-top philosophical writing. For most of the book I was just ready for it to be over. I really only liked Danny's character, and I liked what little we saw of Cal. All of the other characters I was not particularly fond of. There were certain points where I was enjoying the story, and I liked the ending, but overall I felt like the story was just okay, and I was definitely disa
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Claire Kolln
Dec 07, 2011 Claire Kolln rated it really liked it
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
Claudia
Aug 12, 2010 Claudia rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
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
Hermochi
De alguna forma es el más flojito que he leído de David. Tiene un problema con el ritmo que se nota más que en otros libros suyos. La trama no es muy compleja, pero eso es algo que tienen todos los libros de Levithan. El problema está realmente en que el argumento quizá no sea tan llamativo o esté tan bien planteado como podría haberlo estado.

Lo que más me ha sorprendido es que me gustaba uno de los dos hermanos hasta la mitad del libro, para pasar a dejar de gustarme y entender por completo al
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Bianca
Jan 21, 2016 Bianca rated it liked it
That was a cute book. I don't really want to review it due to the fact that it reminds me of I'll give you the sun

So...

3.5/5
My rating system:

1 star: I didn't even finish the book or try because I really didn't enjoy it.
2 stars: I skimmed it as it didn't really interest me
3 stars: I like it. Wasn't too bad but isn't the best. Not something I'd brag about
4 stars: Lovely book! I wouldn't reread it but I could read it and enjoy it without taking long breaks
5 stars: Omigosh! I love this book with al
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Jonesy_laaa
Jan 26, 2015 Jonesy_laaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jan-2015-reads
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
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Jaemi
Jan 25, 2009 Jaemi rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
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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Cassy
Jun 07, 2012 Cassy rated it it was amazing
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Signe Hansen
Sep 01, 2010 Signe Hansen rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
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
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Beth
Mar 02, 2011 Beth rated it liked it
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
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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
stephanie
Feb 23, 2010 stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2010
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
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Steffanie Castaneda
Dec 14, 2011 Steffanie Castaneda rated it really liked it
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
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Beth
Nov 09, 2009 Beth rated it really liked it
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
Jan 27, 2015 Suki Fleet rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
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
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Cecilia
Jul 09, 2013 Cecilia rated it really liked it
"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
Alexandra
Mar 20, 2011 Alexandra rated it really liked it
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
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Lo
Feb 18, 2013 Lo rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended, 2013
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
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Steph
Dec 27, 2015 Steph rated it did not like it
Sorry I seldom give one stars, but I did not like this book at all. I kept waiting for something to happen, but little did. Lots of separate specific plot points that I thought were going to come together but never did. Could be a good read for young adults travelling through Italy though.
Rebecca Saxon
Oct 04, 2012 Rebecca Saxon rated it really liked it
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
Len Nguyen
Jun 25, 2014 Len Nguyen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own-library
brotherhood is one of the wonderful things in the world one may wish to have. and it is a blessing, having a brother, who'd spend his childhood with you, grow up with you, have a conflict with you but at the end of the day, be right there with you.
David tells a story just like that. About the two brother who have grown up to be different from each other, even though they spent their first years living and playing together. through a "trickery" trip to Italy, set by their parents, they have got t
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Ashley
This was a nice little story about sibling relationships. They aren't alway easy and I think Levithan captures that pretty well. The vignettes were nice little pictures of each of the brothers.
Hanna Westerberg
Sep 15, 2015 Hanna Westerberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really great book to pick up as a quick read or as a feel good book, and even though it touches romance a bit I don't think it takes over the story, the brother are still in focus.
Victoriano
Dec 15, 2015 Victoriano rated it it was amazing
This novel is a classic case of David Levithan's writing style, but with point of view characters that aren't his usual fare. Although there is a romantic aspect to the story, it is never the focal point of the plot. Instead, this book focuses on Danny and Elijah, two brothers that are seven years apart in age with diametrically opposed personalities.

Both characters end up as narrators, and thankfully they're both painted as sympathetic towards the end of the novel. What bothered me a tiny bit i
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Lucinda's Library
Jan 31, 2015 Lucinda's Library rated it really liked it
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
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Anita Lee
Mar 04, 2014 Anita Lee rated it it was amazing
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
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Sandown Public
Jan 20, 2016 Sandown Public rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book purely because it is written by David Levithan. I knew nothing of the plot, setting, or the theme of the story in general. I was so excited when I realized that the story takes place in the summer, and even more delighted when I discovered that the setting of the book is Italy! I 19ve never read a book set in Italy before- the closest parallel I 19ve read being the French setting of Stephanie Perkins 19 Anna and the French Kiss- and I was really interested to see whic ...more
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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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