David Levithan’s photographic novel collaboration with Jonathan Farmer is a fascinating and astounding piece of work. I love that Farmer sent Levithan the photographs that are included in the story randomly, without even knowing what the story was about. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, but it really works. Almost like they planned it all along.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It was a quick read, with only 250 pages and half of them only half a page or a sentence long. I couldn’t put it down. I was so intrigued by the whole story and what happened between Evan, Ariel and her boyfriend Jack. The mystery of everything, not only what Evan was experiencing the the strange photographs he kept finding, but also the mystery of what happened that day in the woods really kept me on my toes.
At first I had trouble getting into the flow of the writing style,
as there are sentences like this and then the sentence would continue as if the strike-through didn’t exist. But I really liked that technique and it soon became one of my favourite things about the story.
Evan was definitely an interesting character. It seemed to me that he was autistic in some way, but I can’t be sure because we’re not given much background information on Evan’s life, except his friendship with Ariel and the fact that he’d been a loner at school. Whatever the case, I really enjoyed how he was portrayed and how he was so conflicted by everything that happened.
If you’re up for a really different take on storytelling, I recommend reading this. It might not be for everyone, but I for one believe that Levithan can do no wrong.