Book Review: Every You, Every Me by David Levithan

Wow….this book is…sort of crazy.

It’s amazing, first of all. Incredibly unique. It is a photographic novel–basically there are actual photographs worked into the story and printed in the novel. I don’t know if other people have done this before but this one (a collaboration between David Levithan, the author, and Jonathan Farmer, the photographer) is breathtaking. I’m not sure what the genre name is but I’d say psychological contemporary–not sure if that exists. It’s real life with a slightly-mentally-unstable narrator dealing with the traumatizing and mysterious absence of his best friend.

The writing is perfect. It captures the mental state of the narrator, dragging you into the scattered, damaged psyche. The novel is powerful and insightful and really well done. Dark and fast-paced. Also, short–I read it in a couple of hours. I literally did not put in down until I finished it.

The book is dark. In dragging you into the mind of the narrator it takes over your own mind. The plot is downright creepy. If you have read Susan Vaught’s Freaks Like Us (which is also amazing), it’s like that. If you’ve read Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne, it’s like that, but better. Just, be warned. But if you like that sort of thing–read it.

P.S. David Levithan’s other book, Every Day, is amazing as well. Less creepy. Just as intense. SOOO worth reading.

 

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (series)

These books are awesome.

Seriously, read them.  (The synopses on amazon: Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood & Starlight, Dreams of Gods & Monsters)

They are a mix of paranormal and fantasy with a unique feeling that makes them stand out of both genres. The romance is powerful and heart-wrenching. The good-evil conflict is morally confusing in an incredible way. Throughout there are themes of women’s rights in a gorgeously subtle yet moving way. The entire series is consistent and amazing; unlike some books, each book builds off of the others perfectly without changing the major plot lines or the feeling of the book. (Sorry if you have no idea what I mean when I say feeling of a book. I can’t explain it. It’s just a…feeling. Ugh. It’s like the impression a book leaves on you. Sort of. Mixed with its genre. Mixed with how emotional it is and how much you liked it and how well written it was.  Et cetera.)

The books are well written, at times almost feeling like poetry. There are some powerful lines that might show up in some future doodles. Especially in the second and third books, this author does the impossible: managing to have multiple, separate plot lines running at once without it being confusing or boring. She paints vivid characters that you fall in love with (or hate) instantly and that you continue to love (or hate) as the story builds. The series ended with the perfect tie up off all the plot lines and the perfect almost-happy ending (trying not to spoil anything…)

Read them!