I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Every Day by David Levithan
Series: Every Day #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on August 28th 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Romance
Also by this author: The Lover's Dictionary, The Lover's Dictionary, The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as told to his brother)
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.
‘Every day I am someone else. I am myself – I know I am myself – but I am also someone else.
It has always been like this.’
A is a new person every day. Boy, girl, straight, gay, white, African-American… it doesn’t matter. Each day A lives life through the eyes of someone new. A is something of a spirit and has no control over where he ends up the next day but it happens without fail each and every night. After being so many different people, A has made it a point to not change these people’s lives. He’s able to access memories in order to determine where they need to be on each particular day and to be able to interact with others in that person’s life but A tries to interact as little as possible because of the guilt from the intrusion. I found the whole concept of this storyline to be extremely interesting and original despite a few issues.
‘If you stare at the center of the universe, there is a coldness there. A blankness. Ultimately, the universe doesn’t care about us. Time doesn’t care about us.
That’s why we have to care about each other.’
First off, there was this one particular scene where A goes to a computer and accesses his personal e-mail account. To me, A seemed more like a spirit which inhabited a new person’s body on a daily basis and since this was never elaborated on then that’s the explanation I created. So, spirits with email accounts? Eh. Of course this played a huge part in the entire story, but it still threw me off for the rest of the book.
It had a wonderful message though, about loving someone for who they are inside and not for what they look like outside. The love story itself between A and Rhiannon I admit was a bit instantaneous but I ended up sold by the end pages. It was touching and incredibly sweet and I truly believed that she loved A and not because of an outside appearance as that changed daily. But…
‘If I were in a different body, this would be the time I would lean down and kiss her. If I were in a different body, that kiss could transform the night from off to on. If I were in a different body, she would see me inside. She would see what she wanted to see.
But now it’s awkward.’
Then A woke up in a 300 pound body. It was definitely disconcerting how A acted because of his appearance, how everyone treated him that day, and how it resulted in View Spoiler »Rhiannon rethinking their entire relationship. She seemed to be fully content with continuing to work out their ongoing body switching issue but as soon as A showed up in the 300 pound body of Finn despite the fact that they had a wonderful dinner and movie date the very next day she’s deciding she couldn’t do what they were doing. It was heartbreaking and I hated it and it really ruined the ‘message’ for me. « Hide Spoiler Also, I found it to be a bit over the top when A and Rhiannon were struggling to see each other every day. A was always calling in sick or leaving school early just to meet up with her to see her and Rhiannon was doing the same. It seemed as if the majority of the story was finding rides and making excuses to get to see her and it got a little exhausting.
Despite my few issues, I still found this to be a fast and enjoyable read. This is only my second David Levithan book (first being The Lover’s Dictionary) but his writing continues to amaze. Definitely won’t be my last book of his.