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Are We There Yet? Paperback – 9 Sep 2011

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (9 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007191405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007191406
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,043,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Admirably manages to combine wit and wisdom." Irish Times

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About the Author

David Levithan was not born in France, Milwaukee or Olympia, Washington. He did not go to Eton, Harvard Law School or Oxford University. He is not the author of War and Peace, Hollywood Wives: The New Generation or The Baby-sitters Club #8: Boy-crazy Stacey. He has not won the Newbery Medal, the Pulitzer Prize, the Bausch & Lomb Science Award or the race for eleventh-grade vice president. He currently does not live in Manhatten.


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My David Levithan obsession continues! After reading and adoring Every Day, I went out and bought four more David Levithan books, Are We There Yet? being one that really intrigued me. Much is made of the relationships between sisters, but I've certainly not read many books about the relationships between brothers. And never having been a brother myself (but having three of them), I wasn't quite sure what to expect.

Born seven years apart, Danny and Elijah are complete opposites - Danny is a workaholic advertising guru and Elijah is a high school student who is more interested in chilling out and getting stoned than really being engaged with the world. And their relationship is incredibly strained - they have very little in common and are sent on holiday together by their parents but aren't really interested in spending any time together.

I found both of them frustrating, but Elijah in particular was quite likable, despite his pretty laid-back attitude towards life. I do wish there had been more about Julia's past as I found it quite hard to understand her behaviour, which wasn't really wierd but rather quite random. What I did like though was that there wasn't a huge focus on the relationships between Julie and the brothers, instead it was more of a hint of what could have been.

Although the relationship between the brothers changes during the course of their journey, I found it quite hard to pinpoint exactly when it evolved, which is both a positive and a negative - a positive because there's nothing worse than the blatant 'let's love each other now' moment, and a negative in that I didn't really understand why their relationship changed and they became closer.

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What is it with siblings? I have a sister whom is nine years older than me and we have nothing in common other than our parents. It's the same for the two brothers in this book.

Then it's different. My sister and I had nothing much to do with each other as children but the death of our mother reunited us.

In this story, the elder brother cares for his younger brother but they grow apart until their parents send them n on a holiday together, which they are both dreading.

On this holiday they drift even further apart until another person reunites them again.

I read this book in virtually one sitting. I wanted to get to the end to see what happened but I also did not want to get to the end because I didn't want to part with the characters.

They say that `all roads lead to Rome.' Like one of the brothers in this book, I met an old friend in Rome, from whom I'd drifted apart. I've heard other people tell the same tale.

It's a bit like those pilgrimage observations where you have to travel a long distance to get back to the place where you first started.
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This is my third David Levithan book so I'm obviously a fan! His style is so gorgeous; he conveys so much with so little effort, (some of the chapters are only a few sentences long after all). Each chapter alternates narrators between Danny and Elijah, estranged brothers on a 9 day journey through Rome, Florence and more. There's not much in the way of plot, and as with Levithan's other books there are no villains here, and your opinions change as you get to know the characters.

The book began to drag for me in the second third, where the characterisation was in place but not much seemed to be happening. Mind you the book is short and fast enough for this to be a minor complaint, and it does pick up after that to the point I was actually left wanting more, but I always am with Levithan's solo efforts!

If you've never read David levithan before I'd recommend starting with Will Grayson, Will Grayson which he co-authored, so you can see if his style's for you, and if you are familiar with him Are We There Yet is a nice addition to a strong body of work.
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I'd read a couple of David Levithan's books, so was already comfortable with his wonderful way of creating stories by really explaining what's behind his rich depth of characters. He creates love and joy in his writing, with feel good factor, without being bland or dull in any way. A joy to read.
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By hitch on 14 Jan. 2015
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A god read.
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