Idgiepug’s #CBR4 Review #46: Are We There Yet? by David Levithan
Continuing my David Levithan mania, I picked up Are We There Yet? Sadly, through no fault of the novel itself, I didn’t enjoy this story as well as the other Levithan novels I’ve read. Really, it’s not the book’s fault; I just couldn’t relate to the characters as well. I sympathized with their problems, but their experience is so different from my own that it was hard to really understand them. Also, any book probably would have paled in comparison to Boy Meets Boy, so it was even more unfortunate that I read this one after that one.
Anyway, the novel is about two brothers, teenaged Elijah and grown-up Danny, whose parents “trick” them into taking a vacation in Italy together. The brothers are very different from each other, and neither one really knows what to do with the other. Uptight, hardworking Danny doesn’t understand his free-spirited little brother, and Elijah can’t figure out why Danny is so focused on work. The relationship becomes even more strained with Elijah meets a young American woman who is also staying in Italy and begins spending all of his time with her. Danny warns his brother to be cautious with his emotions, but Elijah falls hard for the girl.
Like Levithan’s other books, this novel is well-written and the characters were realistic and interesting. As an only child, though, I had a hard time empathizing with the characters. The main conflict is the one between the brothers, and I felt sorry for them but just couldn’t really understand the ups and downs of their relationship. Like I said, though, this is my problem, not a problem with the novel itself. I imagine most people would enjoy it more than I did. I still love Levithan’s work, and the next one of his novels I read was fantastic. Hopefully, I’ll get to that review before the end of year.