Book Club: Are We There Yet - Guest Post by Jen Muller

What do you do if you're having a bad hair day or just feel ugly for a day? You could sulk, wear a hat, or pretend your model despite the fact you feel hideous today. Personally I go for an alternative: realize that there's more to life than appearance and grab a book. Besides there is nothing sexier than a good book right? Instead of standing in front of the mirror and focusing on material problems, realize that everyone has had a bad hair day and use the rest of time reading a good book - you'll feel better about yourself in no time!

So that being said here is a book review, from this librarian to you! The first book I'm going to review for you is a Young Adult book that has been with me since 2005 and I find myself reading it at least once a year.  I've dropped it rafting in the Shenandoah River, read it on road trips to Minnesota, and in my bed.  This is the type of book that will move you at any age: Are We There Yet by David Levithan. The title "Are We There Yet," illustrates the theme of life being a journey and the destination is infinite, so asking the question "are we there yet?" is almost as pointless as trying to control your destiny. 


This book is about two brothers who grew up 10 years apart with contrasting personalities.  When they were younger they had been close but as the eldest Danny entered high school and then college, his brother Elijah became less of a priority in his life.  Now as Elijah is about to enter college and Danny is doing well in his professional life, the two brothers barely speak.  This is the motivation to which their mother bamboozles the brothers onto an all inclusive trip to Italy.

The story focuses on the brothers' adventures and hardships as they learn about each on the trip.  Elijah learns that its ok to grow up,  Danny learns that its ok to be a kid sometime, and both learn the value of family and love.  

My favorite part in this book is when Elijah is wandering down the streets in Venice and wanders so far he leaves the tourist area and ends up lost.  Elijah doesn't panic and in fact seem to revel in it and stops to enjoy the people and the city itself.  This to me illustrates Elijah character better than any other part of the book, because while Elijah enjoys being lost, Danny dreads it.

Anyways, I hope you guys pick this book up and give it a good read - It'll be worth your while.

This post was written by my good friend Jen Muller. All opinions expressed are her own. Please visit her website.

3 comments

  1. You mentioned librarian, are you a librarian? I have my Master's in Library Science and love all things libraries. :)

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    1. I'm not a librarian, but as you can see, this was a guest post written by my good friend who is currently pursuing a Master's in Library Science. You should definitely check out her website and shoot her an email - She loves talking to people currently in the field :]

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    2. I saw that it was a guest post and I guess I figured she was reading possible comments to her post. I'll have to head her way. Thanks Deborah! Cheers!

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