The first thing I noticed about the book is how very different it is from a lot of Levithan’s other (solo and team written) books. Not entirely different – this book, like much of his work, is still largely about relationships between people – but the dramatically different structure definitely makes Every You, Every Me stand out.
While Levithan has obviously written collaborative books in the past (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, Will Grayson, Will Grayson), this is the first time (to my knowledge) he’s collaborated with not another writer (Rachel Cohn, John Green), but with a photographer – his friend Jonathan Farmer. Instead of an every-other-chapter by an alternating author, the photos provided by Farmer make up the “other half” of the narrative.
Perhaps most interesting, for me, was what I can only refer to as the genre of the book. I would hesitate to classify Levithan’s other works into one lump category, but this is definitely the first that I would consider suspenseful.
Immediately intriguing, the story draws you into the confused and tortured life of Evan, the narrator. Written as a sort of letter to an initially unknown “you,” Evan pulls you with him as he struggles to come to grips with his past and his present. The unknown “you,” and Evan’s allusions to there being more than meets the eye add even more mystery to the increasingly complex tale. From Amazon’s product description: “Evan starts to discover a series of unnerving photographs—some of which feature him. Someone is stalking him . . . messing with him . . . threatening him.”
Each photograph draws Evan further into an increasingly twisted and bizarre situation, and each chapter draws you further into his progressively convoluted life. With a small and intimate cast of characters, Levithan creates a vibrant and dynamic tale of trust; of betrayal, of doubt; of certainty, of fear, and of love.
Levithan’s latest fantastic work, Every You, Every Me is an exciting and suspenseful tale of decisions, friendship, and understanding that pulls you right to the very end. Highly recommended for fans of his previous work, and for anyone who enjoys a compelling and perplexing tale.
On sale September 13th! (Or pre-order here!)
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