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Are We There Yet?

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  3,473 ratings  ·  360 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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Aug 04, 2011 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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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'
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
Camille Vargas
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"So is this normal?" Danny asks.
"Don't go for normal", Ari suggests. "Go for happy. Go for what you want it to be instead of settling for what it is."
I breezed through this in a day because I got connected with both brothers immediately. I have 3 younger brothers myself. I take pride with how close they are to me and I to them. But this book gave me a better perspective on brother-brother relationship.
It made me realize that they are all sweet and loving to me. But not really with each othe
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't say that the plot was dramatic enough to keep me on edge like my usual reads in fact there's barely action and mostly thoughts, descriptions and feelings. Usually I try to keep away from this type of books as much as possible because they bore me and feel like a waste of time but god dammit, David Levithan makes me want to consider reading more of this style. The way he words out Elijah and Danny's feelings, the tiny details of their trip to Italy, the sappy flashbacks (my favourite) it's ...more
Jay G
Jan 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Elijah is 16. He's about to finish highschool and move onto college with his bestfriend Cal. Danny is 23. He's a successful business man in a big company. Elijah and Danny are brothers, although they don't feel this way. Their parents decide to send them to Italy together as a surprise. Neither of them are thrilled by the idea, until they meet Julia.

The entire book I was just bored....
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
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
Layla (Between the Lines)
“How did my world get so small?”

Elijah and Danny are connected by blood and nothing more. As a manipulative ploy to get them to work out their issues, Danny and Elijah's mother tricks them into going on a holiday together. In Italy. For nine days. You can imagine how thrilled both of them were about their mother's deception. Danny is furious and Elijah is complacent. Awkward small-talk ensues.

I really love the premise of this book. My brother and I are also 7 years apart, and it's crazy how we w
Lis  Carcamo (The Reader L)
3 stars *goodreads doesn't let me rate right now!*

I LOVE David Levithan's books. I've loved all of his books that I've read. And while I didn't exactly love Are We There Yet? I liked it a lot. I loved the mood and the characters, but it felt really slow and *almost* nothing interesting happens until halfway through it.
Chris Waterford
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable easy read with the odd moral issue and the odd romance thrown in. May be addressed to younger readers but enough in it for those a bit older like me.
Aug 11, 2010 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
Suki Fleet
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2015
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 te
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I want to go to Italy with Danny & Elijah. And I'd go anywhere with David Levithan. ...more
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, easy-read
I still wonder how David's books manage to give me the answers to questions I have about life, even those I haven't asked yet.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sadly, I was rather dissapointed by this book. I was expecting to get deep emotions, family drama, brotherly bonding, charcter development and so much more... I didn't really get any of that. Halfway through the book Elijah and Danny even stopped spending time together almost completely, which I found extremly strange since this book is supposed to be about two brothers finding their way BACK to each other. On top of it all I wasn't a fan of Julia and found some of her actions extremely question ...more
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 09, 2014 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
Jan 12, 2009 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
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
Steffanie Castaneda
Dec 13, 2011 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 found the idea of tw
Mar 02, 2011 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
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it

This was a nice book but there wasn't too much I liked about it. I liked Elijah but he was too one sided. There was no character development and Levithan just made him have like only one trait. At least make him more complex, or have a hobby he likes to do (no, smoking weed doesn't count as a hobby). He just seems to have no characteristics. David, I didn't like him. Too much of a workaholic, has literally no friends. However, he was the one who had more character development througho
Signe Hansen
Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 09, 2009 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
Feb 23, 2010 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
Mar 11, 2011 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
Jul 09, 2013 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
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, recommended
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
Rebecca Saxon
Sep 25, 2012 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
Jun 23, 2014 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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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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