Review: Every Day by David Levithan

everyday Review: Every Day by David LevithanTitle: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: August 28th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Knopf Books for Young Readers
5 owls Review: Every Day by David Levithan

Summary

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.

With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

My thoughts

What an incredibly unique and interesting story. The main character, A, is just a soul with no body. A (who is neither male or female) just wakes up every day in a different body, always the same age as A would be, and always in the same area where it went to sleep the night before. A accepted that fate a long time ago and just goes with the flow, until it meets Rhiannon, the girlfriend of A’s latest body. Something clicks and A doesn’t want to do anything else but stay with Rhiannon.

The characterization was one of the high points for me. A, though a sexless, bodiless being, was kind, honest and had a fun sense of humor. A was always conscious of the host it was in and tried hard to keep things the same, never doing anything stupid or unexplainable. While reading the book, I kept wondering how I would feel to be in such a position: no home, no family, no stability, nothing ever the same. I can’t even tell you how miserable that would make me. But A learned a long time ago that’s just the way it was and didn’t see the point in being mad or sad about it.

Rhiannon was a wonderfully flawed character. She was in a not-so-great relationship and just too scared to get out of it. She was too nice to her boyfriend, who didn’t deserve her. I thought her struggle with accepting A’s life was realistic. Though having no identity was normal for A, Rhiannon struggled to see the same person in many different bodies. We met a few other random characters (the families of A’s bodies, Rhiannon’s friends), but the story was all about A and Rhiannon, which was fine; the two of them carried the novel well.

There was a bit of suspense in the story, when one of A’s bodies suspected something, which I thought was a very nice addition. I couldn’t wait to find out how that plotline would end. There was a wonderful message threaded throughout the story: love is blind. It doesn’t matter someone’s sex, color, religion, height, weight or hair color. All that matters is what’s underneath. But for A and Rhiannon, there were complications that made it not so black and white.

The cover is perfect. I love the feeling it evokes, it’s very appropriate for the story.

The sum up

Another home run for David Levithan. It was sad and sweet and just… wonderful. Read this book. Trust me.

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  1. This book just sounds so fascinating. I look forward to reading it and experiencing such an interesting take on love.
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