This is my second novel by David Levithan from the YA genre. The first I read was Will Grayson, Will Grayson, the one David Levithan co-wrote with John Green. I picked up this book after my trip to New York City. Having paid visit to the remains of the World Trade Centre- the Ground Zero as well as the St. Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Church, I was humbled by the help New Yorkers showed in such heartbreaking and tragic moments.
As you’ve probably already figured out, this books summarises the events that took place on 9/11 and those that followed. The story is centred around the lives of three teenagers- Claire, Jasper and Peter. The catastrophic event that happened on the 11th of September 2001 alters and intertwines their lives forever. The ordeal leads to their better understanding and awareness of the world and the people around them. New friendships trigger the importance of moving on and the fact that every cloud has a silver lining.
In my humble opinion, this book is charming on so many levels. Even though at the time of the tragedy I was rather young and wasn’t aware of the events happening around me, but this book has helped me gain insight into people’s minds and their emotional state. To conclude, the writing style is one of the best I ran across in the YA genre. I can’t wait to read more of David Levithan books in the future!