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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (3 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375860983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375860980
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 901,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Shamma on 20 Feb 2012
Format: Hardcover
Firstly, as many reviewers have already said, the concept of this book is very interesting. A story told through photographs is very intriguing to me.

So basically, there is a mystery that needs to be solved, and the photographs are the clues that not only connect different people to a crime scene of sorts, but they lead to the culprit.

However, halfway through this book I realised that there was barely any mystery involved, it was extremely predictable and somewhat disappointing. The photographs weren't that great either. I was hoping for something extraordinary, and ended up with a somewhat less than ordinary book. The plot was a mess, the characters were a mess, and even though David Levithan touched on various significant issues, he did not go into them extensively.

I did not really like or connect with any of the characters, even though I usually do. And once I started this book, I literally finished it a couple of hours later, and it left no impression on me.

I do like the idea behind it, this sort of journal or letters being written with things crossed out, and photographs strewn around. I just did not find the execution worthy of the idea.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karolina Gudaviciute on 6 Mar 2013
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I'm really glad with this purchase as I absolutely love reading and books.
When I first found out that it might arrive all the way in the middle of March, I thought I was going to have be patient, but turns out, it arrived in a couple of days.
I give 5 stars as the packaging as well as the delivery was excellent. The condition of the book was also perfect.

Many thanks!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Interesting new reading experience 24 Feb 2012
By Jasmine Baggenstos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Every You, Every Me surprised me, but in a good way. I'd never read a book with photographs before this one, at least, not a book where the photographs are an integral part of the story, so I had no idea what to expect, but I ended up really enjoying it.

Every You, Every Me should have been confusing. There are strikethroughs throughout the story of everything from Evan's thoughts to fake conversation. You would think that something like that may trip you up and having you rereading things just to make sure you know what's going on, but I never found myself confused. Evan's thoughts can also go from past to present with absolutely no transition at all, but it's written in such a way that you know exactly what's going on.

The thriller/mystery aspect was also done really well. As I was reading I had thoughts of what may have happened and what may be going on, but I could never say for sure until Levithan spelled it out for me. I love the subject this takes on. Not just the missing friend, but also the...well, I'll let you read to find that one out. It's not something I see very often in books and I'm pretty sure I've never personally read anything about it.

Final Thoughts: This was a good, quick read. It's definitely worth taking a look into if you've never read anything with photographs before. Heck, you should pick it up even if you think you hate books with photographs in them because, well, look at the author. Seriously though, Every You, Every Me exceeded all my expectations and had me flipping pages to find out what would happen next.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Interesting Concept... 30 Jan 2012
By Liolania - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
As a fellow writer, I can appreciate this book from that perspective, as I always strive for authenticity, if I weren't an author myself, I'm not sure I would enjoy this book quite as much, as I more enjoyed it for the literary approach than anything else. It also should be noted that I read a ARC edition, so the photos were not in full color like the one you will buy or find at your library. :)

I actually tend to write in a very stream,-of-consciousness style myself, so this doesn't bother me, and I really loved the idea of revolving a story around pictures that someone else took and gave to you (whether original or not). The crossed-out text did not bother me, in a way, it added to the authenticity, as when I was a teenager and I journaled, I did the EXACT same thing because I was very upset sometimes at things I wrote, I even tore pages out sometimes actually, and ripped them to tiny little pieces. So, in terms of authenticity, I think this book is spot on. The emotions are raw, and Evan definitely feels like a real person, whether or not he is likeable is another matter, but he is definitely authentic. I don't feel its always necessary to like a main character, do you like everyone you meet in real life? No. But as long as you can connect to them on an emotional level, for me, is what matters.

This may or may not cut it for you, but I found the mystery surrounding the Ariel very intriguing (even if at times obvious) and it got me interested in reading his other books, as this is my first Levithan book.

This is targeted at teens, so its not likely their going to enjoy it for its literary aspects, and its probably more than a little too angsty for some adults taste. As for the absence of adults in the book, I have found it to be the case, that, in general, teens think more of themselves or their crush than of their parents, so I'm not surprised they weren't mentioned much.

God Bless ~Amy
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Finding Ariel 3 Jan 2012
By Little Willow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Evan's best friend is Ariel.
Evan's only friend is Ariel.
Ariel is gone.

But what happened to Ariel? And who is sending photographs of Ariel (and other people, initially unidentified) to Evan?

David Levithan's novel Every You, Every Me incorporates photographs by Jonathan Farmer. While Evan scrutinizes each and every picture and note he receives, it is worth remembering the tagline on the cover of the book: "A picture is worth a thousand lies." Readers have more than one mystery to figure out here. Evan's first-person narration is mostly directed to Ariel, addressing her from the get-go, using "you" frequently and really pulling you into his story and in his thoughts - but do you think he's a reliable narrator, and do you think he had something to do with Ariel's departure? Your opinion may change from chapter to chapter as more backstory is detailed, and it may change again when the truth is finally revealed in the final chapter.

Kudos, David Levithan, for incorporating Zeno's dichotomy paradox into your story. Thank you.

My favorite Farmer photo in this book appears on page 228 - but don't you dare turn to that page until you've read pages 1 through 227. It won't mean as much if you look ahead.

If you like Every You, Every Me, you should also read As Simple As Snow by Gregory Gallaway, which also employs a teenaged male narrator, a missing-in-action vivacious female friend, and mysterious elements.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The ending fell short... 8 Dec 2011
By Karen A. Oconnor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
OK, so this book wasn't horrible....I know MANY people who Love David Levithan so I know his writing is nowhere near bad....but it just isn't for me.

This book was very interesting with the photos that were included and with the way the story was written also. There were a lot of very short chapters and then with the pictures, it made for a quick read.

I caught on pretty quickly what was going on and I thought the whole "I know what you did" thing was great....until, the "I know what you did" thing really wasn't a big deal at all.

Then towards the end I thought there was going to be a cool psychological twist, but that didn't happen either.

I was disappointed with the ending immensly. By the way the story is written you can tell that the main character is having some deep issues dealing with the loss of his best friend. This is why I thought there was going to be a psychological twist to it.

I don't know. Just wasn't exciting. I felt like I got led on to only be let down at the very end.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing 18 Oct 2011
By Jessica McKelden Cave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I was really excited for a new David Levithan book. I've read several of his previous novels and have always enjoyed them immensely. I was intrigued by the writing style, very personal with lines crossed out and rewritten all over the pages. The photos interested me, as well. They seemed peppered throughout the novel, obviously heavily tying into the story.

I was, ultimately, extremely disappointed. To be honest, I couldn't even make myself finish the book. The writing was disjointed and strange (but not in a pleasant manner). It was actually frustrating to read through the crossed out portions, then read the "correct" portions. It threw you out of the story instead of sucking you in. The pictures didn't really help along the story, but seemed to just confuse the plot and muddle the story. The characters were boring. The main character wasn't anyone I could enjoy reading about. There was a ton of needless angst that wasn't at all fun to read about. Some authors can pull off angst without making it a chore to read. This book is not of those.

I will read David Levithan books in the future, but I'll definitely be more cautious about trying "new concept" books. The premise is still interesting, as well as the overall concept behind the book, but it was poorly executed and ultimately unenjoyable.
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