Last year, I read Everyday by David Levithan and became an instant fan. He is what I aspire to be as a writer - unique, original, intelligent, thought-provoking... I am also very much inspired by his writing process.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, co-authored with John Green (another of my favorite authors - read ALL his books if you haven't yet!), was penned by each author assuming a voice of one of the two protagonists. Each was a 'Will Grayson', and they wrote alternating chapters that together, compromise a wonderfully crafted, realistic depiction of teenage life that appeals to us all. Every You, Every Me does not disappoint in both the way it was written and the final outcome.
Inspired by a photograph seen pinned to a fridge at the home of Jonathan Farmer, Levithan set out to write a psychological thriller inspired by photographs. Farmer sent Levithan images upon which the next part of the novel was constructed. Farmer never knew what Levithan was writing, and Levithan didn't know what image was coming next. The result is intriguing; a mysterious psychological thriller interspersed with haunting photographs.
|Ariel, Every You, Every Me|
Levithan himself describes the book as "a very strange, somewhat dark, portrait of a boy on the verge of a complete breakdown"; Every You, Every Me is a one-of-a-kind novel from a one-of-a-kind author.