By David Levithan
Publication date: Aug. 28, 2012
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 304 pages
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley
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.
— Goodreads.com description
David Levithan has long been my literary idol. He’s like…a writing/editing superhero (Book Man?) to me. With Every Day, he’s proven yet again why I hold him in such high esteem:
- Thoughtful and layered stories
- Poetic but accessible writing
- Oh, he’s just seems so gosh-darn nice
Okay, so that last bit has nothing to do with anything.
What I loved about A’s story in Every Day was that it challenged me as a reader, but not in a LOUD way. Let’s be honest: I’m typically someone who loves loud kissing books, typically hetereosexual. But the soft, sad and lonesome tone of this book swept over me while I read. The main character, A, crept into my soul and made me fall in love with him/her, regardless of what gender.
It’s an interesting take on love and whether it can be blind — no race, no gender, no weight, nothing.
Every Day is also a refreshing reminder of the burdens other people bear. A wakes up each day nearly paralyzed by something that overtakes that day’s host body: depression, nastiness, weight, you name it. This story helped me remember that you do not know what is weighing on the people around you, what their family life is like, etc…and you’ll never fully be able to understand what it is to be them, even if you do spend a day in their shoes.
In this book, David Levithan tells a very beautiful, albeit sad, story about identity and love, and I’m so very happy I picked it up.