Thursday, July 2, 2015
Everything You and I Could Have Been if We Weren't You and I by Albert Espinosa (Book Review)
About the book-
From the creator of the television series Red Band Society and author of the international bestseller The Yellow World comes this uniquely special novel.
What if I could reveal your secrets with just a glance? And what if I could feel with your heart just by looking at you? And what if --in a single moment-- I could know that we were made for each other? Marcos has just lost his mother, a famous dancer who taught him everything, and he decides that his world can never be the same without her. Just as he is about to make a radical change, a phone call turns his world upside down.
Albert Espinosa has a peculiar talent for generating immediate congeniality around him, for shifting people's moods toward the positive and for reconciling them with themselves and the world, when needed.
I was one of the many heartbroken fans that was disappointed when Red Band Society was canceled after one short season. The show had so much potential and was cute short way before it's prime. When I saw that the creator decided to delve into the world of YA fiction, I was definitely on board to give the book a try. Espinosa writes in a consistently fluid way that keeps you turning the pages. Before I knew it, I was already 50% in. I felt that the world that he has created in Everything You and I Could Have Been if We Weren't You and I was intriguing and I would like to know more about it. The protagonist has a serious Oedipus complex which may frighten some readers away, but I think it is important to his story. The book ended on a note which I feel sets it up for a sequel. I would like to know what happens next, so I hope that I am correct. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy a fantasy or dystopian (although this story isn't really overtly dystopian) element to their YA books.
**For more conservative readers, this book tackles some mature themes that might be off putting to some.