Release Date: September 13, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Amazon Vine
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 absence. And as crazy as it sounds, Evan’s starting to believe it’s Ariel that’s behind all of this, punishing him. But the more Evan starts to unravel the mystery, the more his paranoia and insomnia amplify, and the more he starts to unravel himself. Creatively told with black-and-white photos interspersed between the text so the reader can see the photos that are so unnerving to Evan, Every You, Every Me is a one-of-a-kind departure from a one-of-a-kind author.
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. This is definitely a psychological thriller written is an extremely unique style. It is utterly compelling. I read it all in one sitting because it was impossible to put down.
On top of David’s extraordinary writing you have these great photos throughout that almost add a sense of eeriness to the plot. I did read the ARC of this so all the photo were in black and white, but that didn’t take anything away from the story for me. I can only imagine that the effect of the photos in full color would be amazing. I can’t wait to get my hands on a finished copy.
I think it’s incredible that David Levithan can go from something like Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (which I LOVED) to something dark and twisty like Every You, Every Me. He just blows me away every time I read one of his books and if you haven’t read any of them then you are missing out on some of the best, most well written YA out there.