A haunting, thoughtful and freshly done YA novel. After Ariel goes mad, her best friend Evan and her boyfriend Jack are left- Evan to wallow in doubt and guilt, and Jack to try to move on. What was so wonderful about this book- told in Evan's own depressive voice- was the stylistic risks Levithan took- the crossed out pages, the crossed out thoughts. The photographs throughout added great richness to a story that could have been thin, and in the afterword, one realizes anew what a great writer Levithan really is. He wrote one of my favorite adult novels of the year in The Lover's Dictionary, and now one of my favorite YA books of the year.
This is a log of what books I've been reading and movies I've been watching. Comments are welcome!
One explanation seems necessary - the phrase "Life-Changing Fiction" is not in any way an endorsement of those books- in fact, I think those books are Awful, and want that to be clear. "Life-Changing Fiction", as a phrase, has been trademarked, absurdly, by the "Christian fiction" writer Karen Kingsbury, and that is Just Not Right. Aside from being ridiculous, it just sheds light on the hypocrisy of the writer. What would Jesus copyright?