Every Day by David Levithan
Publication Date: 2012
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
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
–Minor Spoilers! Read at your own risk–
When I first read the synopsis of this book I was very intrigued by it. A boy who switches bodies every day? Now that’s something I haven’t read before.
I was hesitant to read it though because I’m someone who likes knowing all of the details of why things are the way they are. I thought I’d be bugged about the fact that you never find out why A is the way he is. Why doesn’t he have a body? Why is he floating from host to host? Why is he the way he is? And I knew that we never find out the answers to those questions in the book because I asked my librarian ahead of time before I picked up the book.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it those questions. But I’d also be lying if I said I hated the air of mystery surrounding A’s life. I didn’t hate it. I thought I would, but I actually liked it. And that surprised me because like I said I hate not know those important details.
In life you don’t know the answers to everything. You don’t know why you are born into this world. You don’t how you are the way you are, or what the meaning of life is. Those questions aren’t answered. We’re all finding our reason to live. Like A is. And it’s hard, it really is. We might not be exactly like A, our souls don’t float to different hosts but in a way we’re the same as him/her.
We’re looking for our place in life.
I really like A, s/he is such a good person, throughout the book A is a variety of bodies. Female, male, drug addicts, suicidal people, and he tries his hardest to help them with interfering too much. My favorite part is definitely the part with the girl who wanted to commit suicide. I also really like how A doesn’t care if s/he’s in the body of a boy or a girl. Those things don’t matter him/her. S/he’s not judgmental and that’s a quality more people need in this world. It’s like second to judge people by their appearance. I like to think of myself as not being judgmental but I honestly don’t really know about that.
It’s something I’m working on. It’s something I continue working on.
Now, the ending, I can’t deny the fact that I would like to see how things work out between Rhiannon and Alexander. As well as Reverend Poole, and what exactly happens to A. But also I can’t deny that there’s a part of me that liked the way the book ended and doesn’t want a sequel. I like the mystery (shocking I know). I think the ending was perfect the way it is, even with all of my questions.
Overall, Every Day was an amazing book, beautiful and poetic. This was my first David Levithan book that wasn’t cowritten with anyone. And it most definitely will not be my last.
4 out of 5 stars
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