Sometimes you discover a book that you know you are going to love without the book even being published yet. You hear or read about the idea of the story and it sounds so exciting, clever, and original that you want to read it right now. David Levithan’s new book, Every Day, was one of those books for me. It was even more amazing than I had imagined.
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.
And then 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 A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
Can you love someone who is destined to change each day?
Every Day is one of the most extraordinary, thought-provoking, and emotional stories I’ve ever read. Even now, 3 days after reading the final sentence, I’m struggling to put into words how much this book has affected me. It’s completely different from anything I’ve ever read, because usually the narrator stays in one body throughout the story and they interact with the same characters. In Every Day, A is in a different body each day, so it has to get used to being a different person (on the outside) and acting like that person. One of the most interesting things about this book is the way that you look at the character of A. Even though A doesn’t know if it is male or female, I imagined A as a male right from the start. However, I think each reader will picture A differently.
Sometimes it can take you a while to put yourself in the main character’s shoes, but I immediately empathized with A and what it was going through. You try to understand what it would be like to wake up each day as a different person, but you can’t really grasp how difficult it would be. A has been this way from birth, so it has never known anything different. I thought it would be incredibly difficult for a child to understand what was happening to them, but for A it was just life. A seems to have figured out what to do each time it wakes up in another body and makes its way through the day. Every time a new day would start, I’d be wondering, like A, who it would be waking up as. Would A be a black girl, a gay guy, have a gorgeous body or be incredibly overweight? Then when A has found out who it is, how will A use that body and what will A do today. I could totally understand why A wanted to spend every day with Rhiannon. I’ve never had a crush on a book character before, but I would certainly want to spend every day with her. The thing I love the most about A is the way that it respects the bodies that it is in. A tries incredibly hard not to interfere with the lives of those people, and tries to fix mistakes that it has made while in those bodies.
Ultimately, Every Day is a love story. A and Rhiannon’s romance is doomed to fail, because even though Rhiannon may love A, she’s not always going to love the person he is on the outside. I loved the interactions between A (in its different bodies) and Rhiannon and you are hoping with all your heart that they can be together. David Levithan’s ending to the story is absolutely perfect, and has to be my favourite ever ending of a book.
I was sad to finish the book, because I loved David’s beautiful writing and I didn’t want to let A and Rhiannon go. Every Day is one of those books I want to carry around everywhere with me and tell everyone I know to read it. Thank you David Levithan for giving me this story!
5 out of 5 stars