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pushing the boundaries



EVERY YOU, EVERY ME by David Levithan (Knopf, September 2011) pushes some boundaries in YA novels. Teaming up with photographer Jonathan Farmer, Levithan began the novel with one photo from Farmer and then waited for Farmer to send him the next photo before writing the next scene in the novel. Over over again, Levithan crafted the story of Evan, Jack, and the girl they both loved, Ariel. As the novel begins, readers know only that Ariel is gone. We do not know where. Is she dead? Run away? What role did Jack and Evan play? And then one day Jack finds an envelope with a photo inside simply lying along the path in the woods. More photos appear and then notes, some of them threatening. Jack thinks Evan might just be making all of this up, but there is something much more sinister lurking. Dark, mysterious, riveting. Levithan has created a story that will draw readers into the world of Evan and Jack and Ariel. <280>

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