Monday, 18 June 2012

EVERY YOU, EVERY ME


EVERY YOU, EVERY ME  by David Levithan, photographs by Jonathan Farmer.

You will either love this book or you will hate it. There doesn’t seem to be an in-between. But you will read it, you will want answers and for me, so many of these were not answered.

Evan is struggling to hold on without his friend Ariel in his life. He feels he is responsible for what happened to her. He is so racked with guilt that he can’t sleep, can’t function, and then the photographs begin to appear.

Someone is leaving photographs of him, of Ariel, of that last day together. Who else was there? Who was watching them? And why do they insist on tormenting him, blaming him for what has happened.

This novel has been termed experimental.  Written as confidential entries by Evan as he tries to explain what has happened. Not only does Levithan play with crossing out much of the text…as in struck through, so that as a reader you are left wondering which is the truth. The entries left complete, or all the crossed out subconscious thoughts. Add to the mix Farmer’s photographs which conceal more then they reveal and you have a novel that has an intriguing concept, but left me wanting more.

Vicki @ Pak. 

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