Thu, August 16, 2012

Every Day by David Levithan Review

Every Daybook cover

Every Daybook cover

Every Day
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.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Rebecca said:

    I won this a few months back during a BEA giveaway and can’t wait til it releases so my copy arrives. Unfortuanately, I haven’t clicked with Levithan yet but I’m hoping this will be the book to change that. Love the review, Anna! It’s always nice to hear your thoughts on book, I value your opinion 🙂

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  2. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Book Blog said:

    I definitely want to read this one!! There was this series in the 80’s called Quantum Leap… except that guy had a guide and knew he was there for a purpose. This one sounds a lot more hard core… I love your review, I can’t wait til this comes out so I can get it 🙂

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  3. Tarryn said:

    I can’t wait to read this book. When I saw the Goodreads description I just knew it was something I’d like. Your review just affirmed that 🙂

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  4. Lori said:

    I kind of worship David Levithan…really, I’m pretty fangirly. He is so nice! Anyway, loved this book, of course!

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  5. Lisa the Nerd said:

    This book sounds overwhelming in the best way.

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  6. Tara said:

    David Levithan = the man. I want to be in his head just for one day and see how he comes up with so many unique and fabulous stories.

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  7. Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) said:

    I was going to read this one today … it looks like such a wonderful story and it’ll be the first David Levithan book I’ve read that’s written just by him. I’m so looking forward to it!

    Great review!

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  8. Estelle said:

    Great review! I really like when writers keep something from their readers and let their imaginations sort of take over. I think it brings you to a whole new place. David is just such a gifted writer and storyteller and I can’t wait to read this book.

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  9. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books said:

    I really am looking forward to reading this book. It sounds absolutely lovely – and I happen to love David Levithan after reading The Lover’s Dictionary, so yes, definitely reading this!

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  10. Jane said:

    I absolutely adored this book! So glad to hear that you enjoyed it too. It was my favorite grab at BEA this year.

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  11. Vyki @ On The Shelf said:

    It sounds so good! I added it to my TBR after seeing it on WoW and now I want to read it even more, great review!

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  12. Pocketful of Books said:

    This books sounds gorgeous and haunting. Lovely review x

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  13. JP said:

    I loved this book so much! I definitely agree that it’s thoughtful and layered. And poetic and truthful, really.

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  14. We Heart YA said:

    “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.”

    Now that sounds very beautiful, important, and timeless.

    Thanks for sharing your impressions of this book. We’ve been hearing good things about it, but this officially puts it on our TBR list.

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  15. Famed said:

    From the excerpt itself, I think this one is a GREAT read. I have not read any of Levithan’s book before but this one intrigues me, to the point that I will reopen my Amazon account. Lol

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