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In this high school-set psychological tale, a tormented teen named Evan starts to discover a series of unnerving photographs—some of which feature him. Someone is stalking him . . . messing with him . . . threatening him. Worse, ever since his best friend Ariel has been gone, he's been unable to sleep, spending night after night torturing himself for his role in her absenc...more
Hardcover, 245 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Tatiana
Sep 21, 2011 Tatiana rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: those who can't get enough of the ANGST
I usually like David Levithan, a lot even. But this new experimental piece of his - it caused me physical pain to slog through that little bit of the book that I did manage to read.

Let me recount my problems with Every You, Every Me in order of appearance:

1) the ANGST - the book assaults with an unbearable amount of teen boy angst from the very first page, when you do not even know the main character's name and circumstances. It's just angst, angst, angst with a hint of mystery. The novel breat...more
Jess
Wow, this book was a bit of a trainwreck.

There are a few things I need to point out.

Firstly, the strikethough. Half the novel was written like this and for the most part it seemed pretty random. I almost dropped it on the first page, because it was just that annoying.

Secondly, oh my god, the angst. Do you remember that part in New Moon, where Edward dumped Bella, and she was just this depressed mess for months? Yeah, well, Evan is like that, but permanently, and for no reason that I can discer...more
Laura
All I needed to know about Every You, Every Me was that David Levithan wrote it. The man has a permanent spot in my heart for giving me Dash & Lily! But this! Well…it was a whole new experience filled with imagination.

Once I opened the book, I could not put it down. The mystery and tension just built page turn after page turn just pulling me deeper into the story. I found myself clutching the book at times trying to get a better look! It truly was an amazing reading experience that blended p...more
Chelsea
May 29, 2012 Chelsea rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Ppl who only own one book- this one.
Oh god, this book.
I like the books of Levithan's that I've read but this was just awful.

The idea behind this book was actually a great and interesting. I like the way the book was set up and the addition of pictures to it and how the story was written between the author and the photographer.

The problems I had with this book:
1. The characters were COMPLETELY one dimensional and they didn;t develop at all over the book. On top of that the relationships between the characters weren't very convinin...more
Caris
Gah.

This book was like a bad episode of Scooby Doo.

I get the point, but you can’t just (view spoiler)

On the whole, the book wasn’t so bad. Pretty typical Levithan: outsider guy trying to understand a romantic interest. The voice was done well, but that was to be expected. I would love to see t...more
Daven
I was intrigued by this novel for the opening 30 or so pages, given its unusual use of strike-through text to indicate retracted internal monologue of the main character. This also made it a bit challenging to read, as one has to read his thoughts on the two levels. But the novelty wore off quickly, and the overdose of teen angst became overwhelming. I felt trapped in what I imagine a really bad episode of "Dawson's Creek" must've been like -- miserable teenagers speaking in tautologies and me...more
Raya
May 18, 2012 Raya rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of David Levithan
Two words: teen angst! And how does one evoke more teen angst? Strike through wording!

Evan has lost his best friend, Ariel, but how? Readers are not meant to discover a solid explanation until the end. In the mean time, Evan is haunted by her through memories and his own guilt for actions that resulted in her absence. Then, beginning on Ariel's birthday, someone starts leaving photos for Evan: a picture of trees, a picture of him, more trees, more Evan, and finally... pictures of Ariel. Evan, no...more
Tina
I feel kind of disappointed after finishing Every You, Every Me. I love me some David Levithan from time to time and this one has definitely been the one book of his that I've been really meaning to read for a long time. Maybe it was the title or the cover, not sure exactly, but the book as a whole was really appealing to me, and I was really excited once I got my own copy and started reading it. Boy, did I get disappointed...

I mean, this is definitely David Levithan style: It's different, it's...more
Alisha
Now THIS is what a young-adult thriller should be like. After being a bit disappointed at the mystery-thriller aspect of Susan Beth Pfeffer's Blood Wounds (but not disappointed in the book as a whole), Every You, Every Me was definitely a welcome surprise. I had expected the book to focus heavily on the gimmick and let the actual mystery plot, of what happened to Ariel and who's sending Evan those mysterious photographs, fall to the wayside. But it didn't. In fact, Every You, Every Me wouldn't h...more
I am Mrs. Emerson
This book would not be my first encounter with David Levithan. The first book I read of his was Lover’s Dictionary which I loved completely because of how he unconventionally told the story of the lovers whose names were never mentioned (their gender was never mentioned too).

Every You, Every Me was eccentric. It was odd. It would put you on the edge of your seat. It would keep you reading until you find out what really happened.

Evan started getting weird photographs.
First when he was on his wa
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Charlie
Every You, Every Me is an artistic endeavor that falls short. The idea of basing a story on random photos is intriguing and I was rooting for it to be an inspiring hit, but sadly I did not care very much for this work by David Levithan. Although I'm a fan of previous stories by the author, Every You, Every Me, didn't provide the level of intrigue or mystery the synopsis promises. At no point did I truly believe Ariel was behind the scheme and although this had depth potential, the plot wavered a...more
Infinite Playlist
Lang und breit
Every You, Every Me ist ein experimenteller Roman. Nicht nur, dass die Geschichte mit Fotos bereichert wird, auch im Textbild springen einen immer wieder durchgestrichene Wörter und Sätze an. Für manche mag das störend, gar unnütz herüberkommen, aber wer Originalität schätzt, wird begeistert sein.
Das viele Durchstreichen verdeutlicht meiner Meinung nach nur das Chaos in Evans Gedankenwelt. Die Geschichte ist aus seiner Sicht geschrieben und seit seine beste Freundin Arial nicht meh...more
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
There are so many versions of a person. We never completely understand a person, even if he/she is our closest friend, because we will only see one side of them. "You know one me. Just like I know one you. But you can't know every me. And I can't know every you."

Evan lost his best friend, Ariel. Evan blames himself. Suddenly, he comes along a mysterious photograph that is followed up by more curious pictures. Evan thinks Ariel is back to torment him, because of what he did to her. Photographs, m...more
Sab H.  (YA Bliss)
WHOA. Dark, compelling, unbelievably haunting and unimaginably brilliant.
I was dizzy from being inside Evan's mind. His character is so utterly palpable that it was scary. I've always loved anything that has to do with 'dangerous' girls. That sort of mysterious, dark and troubled female character that is just as messed up as she is magnetic. Sort of like Alaska in Looking for Alaska. And Ariel's character was mind-blowing. From inside Evan's head she was so many different things, so many differe...more
Rebecca
The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. The boy on the cover looks so sad and thoughtful, not to mention he is wearing some odd clothes. It made me wonder more about this boy on the cover.
As I got into the book I thought it was a little bit creepy and a whole lot mysterious. It has this sort of unnerving edge to it, that someone is sending these weird photos to Evan. I feel like the photos in the book add to the unnerving vibe.
I liked the mystery surrounding who was leaving the...more
Bethany
(Okay, I'm a little new to reviews, but I'll try my best)

I don't get why people don't love this book, because I thought it was simply amazing! This was one of those books where I could not put it down. Literally! I finished this in a matter of hours!! David Levithan's books are truly breath taking.

And this book took my breath away. First off, were the crossed off sentences. That really caught my attention. It's unique, and you really don't see it that often. Through the first few pages, I kind o...more
Angie
I didn’t just read this book; I gulped it. I read it in one day. It has it all: mysterious characters, teen angst and a stalker leaving creepy photographs. Evan is walking home from school one day and finds an envelope with a picture inside: a picture off him taken in the woods on the day that his best friend, Ariel, had a nervous breakdown. He had no idea anyone else was there with them. With the help of his semi-friend Jack, he tries to find the mystery photographer. They want to know who it i...more
Bridget
If somebody wanted to know what it was like to have depression I would tell them to read this book. Not because I think its awful: The opposite! The thoughts that Evan has and how he reacts match very nearly perfectly with how having depression really feels.

Beyond that, the descriptions and photos and mysteries were all brilliant, although the climax was a bit of a let down in some ways. (Dana is an idiot. It felt too simple. Why did the book have to end?)

I found myself confused about Ariel. Li...more
Jess (Gone with the Words)
Read this review on my blog! --> Every You, Every Me by David Levithan

Every You, Every Me...how to review you without spoiling anything...

I was surprised with what this book was really about. Not that it wasn’t about what is explained in the synopsis, but the other aspect of the story, Ariel herself. It was a good surprise, or not good, but rather I wasn’t expecting it and I liked the book more for it. I was excited about the idea of it being a photographic novel. A mystery needing to be sol...more
Kate
Dec 05, 2011 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kate by: Kimberly
When Evan begins finding strange photographs, he must come to terms with what happened to Ariel - something he blames himself for. Jack, Ariel's old boyfriend, just wants to forget, but Evan knows there is someone out there doing this.

I wanted to read this after reading a review here on Goodreads. This was definitely psychologically thrilling. I wanted to find out what had happened to Ariel. The whole novel was somewhat vague, and the crossed out writing might annoy some readers, but I loved the...more
stephanie
i feel like i need another category to put this book into. "experimental", for example.

this story was written as pictures were sent, so levithan had no real idea what was coming next. that there is actual cohesion with a basis like that is pretty impressive. even more impressive is the writing, which always reminds me a bit of james joyce and william faulkner in its clear joy of language itself.

the structure forced a sparsity that i might have liked to see fleshed out a little, but the whole t...more
Will Walton
Think demystified Anne Carson writing for the young adult world. Think classic noir drama set in a contemporary American high school (a la Rian Johnson's fabulous film Brick). Now blend these two things... That's what you get here with David Levithan's heart-stopping Every You, Every Me. Haunting in the best sense, this book fuses the poetic, interior narrative of Levithan's haunted protagonist with the arresting photography of Jonathan Farmer. I could not stop reading. Could not put it down. It...more
Dan Poblocki
Really different for David. Creepy. And beautiful. I couldn't put it down.
Michelle Arrow


Ahaha, so this is what I really felt like while I was reading this book, but hey, not in a bad or negative way. Most of the time, I was just like "Hey! Oh yeah! That point there's cool! Where's the next interesting thing?" I was kind of lost reading this book, but I don't know if it was just me.

This definitely is not one of David Levithan's best novels. I loved how he chose this to be written with photographs, that is absolutely hipster and gorgeous all at the same time.

"This is it. This...more
A Book Vacation
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I really loved how this novel connected pictures with the storyline, and if I read the acknowledgments correctly, Johnathan Farmer provided random photos and David Levithan wrote them into his story--neither of them knowing what exactly the other was doing. That's really neat, and the fact that it worked into a viable story just blows my mind! I wouldn't be able to write a story based on a photo and then keep it going through other random photos given...more
W
Mar 26, 2012 W rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012-read
This is a photo-journalistic novel about a teenage boy dealing with the guilt and trauma of the memories of the last day spent with his best friend. The photos in the novel are pictures that were left for him by a mysterious source, reminding him of that day and the difficult choice he made.

Besides being completely and utterly depressing, this was a really excellent book. The author uses the [s]strikethrough[/u] to make it seem like a journal entry or letter the protagonist is writing to his bes...more
Lori (Pure Imagination)
I'm not sure what I was expecting from Every You, Every Me, but I should have known it would blow all of my expectations out of the water. I am a huge, huge fan of David Levithan. I have never read anything by him that I didn't love and this book was no exception.

I was not expecting this book to be so dark. Levithan has a way with writing such realistic characters that are so fraught with emotions. In Every You, Every Me those emotions take a turn for the dark with these troubled characters. Thi...more
Robert E.  Kennedy Library
David Levithan might be my soul-mate author. When I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down and read it in one night. I recently read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children which is another story that came out this year that uses photos to help drive the story, and it was interesting to compare the two. In Miss Peregrine I felt like the story was forced around great images. In Every You, Every Me the story and photos had a perfect marriage and complimented each other throughout the stor...more
Juintherealworld
Every you, every me is the first Levithan's book I've read, and to be completely honest, it caught my attention because the title it's a song by the band Placebo.

Evan is an angsty teenage boy who recently lost his best friend Ariel (in a way that we don't discover until the end of the book). On Ariel's birthday, he starts receving some creepy photos portraiting him, places relevant to Ariel/Evan/Jack's (Ariel's boyfriend) friendship. The photos keep coming and the tension keeps rising.

Anyway, I...more
Bibliojunkies
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Shel and Bel will roll their eyes at me when I make this comparison but really, in my Killers muddled brain, it’s the best comparison I can come up with.


Have you ever heard the song Tranquilize by The Killers? If not, watch the video below. Relax. I am not asking you to like it. I just want you to listen. Notice how the song sounds a little edgy in the beginning. Then it builds up to a frenzied paranoia that is frightening and almost out of control. Then all of a sudden it ends with a tir...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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“You don't know me. You know one me, just like I know one you. And you can't know every me, and I can't know every you.” 186 likes
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