Sunday, September 16, 2012

Every Day by David Levithan

Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Genre: Young Adult
Series: N/A

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on August 28, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

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Reading level: Ages 12 and up

Source: ARC, Publisher


Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I think he usually writes contemporary fiction which is why I never read his books before. I then heard about this book on the blogosphere, and was intrigued by the synopsis. A the main character, a nondescript-genderless being takes a new body each day whether it be male or female.  The thing that is always the same is, A knowing oneself is inhabiting these bodies and it’s always the same age, sixteen. A, makes sure he/she doesn’t disrupt the everyday life of the person he/she inhabit, living each day in the moment. A has come to realize that this is just the way it is, and always have been and he/she has accepted it until he/she meets Rhiannon. 

A wakes up in the body of Rhiannon’s boyfriend and after meeting Rhiannon everything begins to change. A begins to want things he/she didn’t really think about before, friends, family and love? The book is about the relationship between A and Rhiannon and what they’re both willing do to be with one another. The book analyzes the question, Can you love someone when their appearance, gender, and identity changes every day? This was definitely a thought-proving novel. It makes you think about your own life and the people around you. There were two chapters that made me automatically think about my own family, and while I wasn’t in the same situation as the character “A”, it just had me stop and really think. 

Overall a great book, unlike anything I’ve ever read. This book is more towards the contemporary side than paranormal. Readers still don’t know how A came to be or why A is jumping from person to person each day. The book ends on a sad but somewhat happy/right note, and there is definitely a cliff hanger or a possibility of continuing A’s story. I hope Mr. Levithan writes a sequel to this book, because there are still a lot of unanswered questions. The main point that this novel is trying to make is ‘Love is love’, it doesn’t matter what ethnicity you are, your size, or sex or if you’re skinny or fat.  I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading something new and different. A very fascinating read and I enjoyed reading about everyone that A inhabited. Each and every one of their stories stood out on its own in a different way. 


FTC disclaimer: Random House/ Knopf Books for Young Readers provided me with a copy (ARC) of Every Day, and in return I provide an honest review.

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