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Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
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Aug 30, 11

bookshelves: grief, highly-unusual, medical-issues, psychological-thriller, school-stories, ya
Read from August 28 to 29, 2011

Love the tag line. . . every picture is worth a thousand lies.

"Every You, Every Me" is a collaborative effort to create a new concept in story telling. The writer, David Levithan wrote and photographer, Jonathan Farmer, provided photographs for direction. Neither showed the other his work along the way until they felt the story had been told.

The novel unfolds around the loss of the main characters' friend, Ariel. Both Evan and Jack felt close to Ariel. They miss her, Evan more than Jack. Jack feels the need to move on, but Evan cannot forget Ariel. She loved him as a friend, not a boyfriend. She warned him that her mental state was precarious.

Ariel is gone when the book opens. Then photographs of Ariel and of Evan begin appearing in Evan's path, eventually in his locker. Is this Ariel's ghost? Did someone see what happened on that final day Evan and Jack were with Ariel?

Written is short bursts (especially appealing to many teen readers), including lines crossed out to reveal Evan's self-editing, "Every You, Every Me," is unconventional in style and mystery. It's an easy read with a few clues strewn about to help the reader decipher the ongoing puzzle.

There are good kids like Evan and Fiona and others one might call "users," out to get whatever they can by whatever means works at the moment.

An eccentric and challenging little book.
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