By Andrea Cremer & David Levithan
Publication date: May 7, 2013
Philomel, 358 pages
Source: Borrowed from Jillian <3
Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.
— Goodreads.com description
I think it’s so fun when two fabulous authors combine forces. It’s so fascinating to see how their writing styles mesh. In this case, Levithan goes a little more paranormal, a la Cremer, and Cremer brings a bit more of a literary sense to her writing, a la Levithan. Three cheers for collaboration!
Love the concept, love the mashup of their writing…but unfortunately, not quite in love with the storyline. I am a big fan of unresolved sexual tension. Um, who isn’t, right? So, for my tastes, Stephen and Elizabeth got together FAR too quickly. I was about one-fourth through the story, and couldn’t help thinking, “Well, now what?” Also, it was a bit witchier than I anticipated.
So, not quite my taste, but still a fun concept and successful collab of writing styles.
Do you guys have a favorite co-authored book? I have to say, Levithan has been the champ of this for me previously in his work with John Green and Rachel Cohn. Sigh. Literary idol! I love you!