“Claire is sitting in homeroom.
Jasper is fast asleep.
Peter is waiting for Tower Records to open.
They don’t really know each other. Claire goes to school with Peter. Peter met Jasper at a party, and they made plans to go out.
This is the everyday. This is the before.
The world gets turned upside down. Life gets turned inside out. There is fear and there is grief and there is confusion and doubt. It’s a dark time, a tragic time.
But there’s more to it than that.
There’s also love. And kindness. And a desire to make it through.
On 9/11, thousands of people died… but millions upon millions came together in ways they never would have imagined.
For Claire, Jasper, and Peter, life has been reshaped just when it was starting to take shape. As their lives intersect and their feelings and experiences cyrstallize, there are new understandings, new friendships, and a new awareness of what really matters.”
I was just looking for something I could read in one sitting. I wasn’t expecting tears to factor in. Because there were tears. And I did my best to hold it in, but I hadn’t been able to.
With each David Levithan book I’m reading, I am starting to see that Every You, Every Me was the fluke. The only chink in the Levithan armor of good books. And even that book had one thing working for it: real characters.
And that is Levithan’s strength. Real characters. Some of them might be annoying, some of them might be a little saccharine. At the end of the day, they are whole characters who can think and talk in a very definite way.
In this book, their realness moved me to tears. Because how they reacted to how the world changed in September 11, 2001 may be fiction, but it felt very real. And that is a testament to how good Levithan is at writing fiction. Fiction that can read like non-fictitious accounts of how three people dealt with the end of innocence.
Some people want to forget. Some people wish to remember. and some people would want to read this book.
Where were you on the 11th of September 2001?