Review: Every Day

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Paranormal
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Published by: Random House Canada
Source: Bought at Chapters for Review
Rating: 4/5

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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.

My Thoughts
This novel touched me in a way I didn't expect, and in a way that only one other YA novel ever has, and that novel was Sharing Sam by Katherine Applegate. Every Day is unlike any book i have read in a long time, it makes you examine and rethink everything you know about love and what it means to every person.

In this novel we follow A, not a boy or a girl, but a spirit that moves from one body to the next every day. In each body, A discovers character traits and emotions that he in turn has to translate into his own reality. It is A's choice whether or not to affect their lives in a way, and usually A just goes with the flow, that is until he meets Rhiannon.

It is through A's relationship with Rhiannon and the struggle with A's reality begins to crumble. Should Rhiannon know the truth about A's existence? or should A live in denial about his feelings for her? These are the questions that lead A on a path of self-discovery and how he discovers what it really means to fall in love with someone.

Because A wakes up in a different body every day, we as readers not only get A and Rhiannon's story but we also get a glimpse at other lives that seem to collide with A and the feelings that beginning to rise. David Leviathan has a way of showing his readers reality, even if the subject matter is not common in every day life. I fell in love with A and Rhiannon, and their struggle to find common ground in a world they are both still trying to figure out.

I love tat each and every character felt real and established. Like I was living the lives along with A, and watching their struggles and hardships felt as if I was feeling them for real.

The pacing of this novel was extremely fast and I found myself emotionally invested without even realizing it. Every Day is an example of true love, one that crosses all boundaries and does not care for gender or race, just the person on the inside. Every Day is a testament to what every person should experience in their lifetime. That one person who, where ever they are, will travel hours just for the chance to see you, if only for a few minutes. It is the realization that the feeling one has when they are in love can cloud judgement and impair the senses, but none of that matters because you are staring that the person you know the best in the world and nothing else matters. Every Day is not a depiction of perfect love, it is far from that ideal. Every Day creates a realistic version of the love we all crave. The one that is fierce and all consuming but can never last.

Overall, Everyday struck me in a way I didn't expect. These characters were so real and damaged that I know they will stay with me long after I put the book back on the shelf. There is something about David Levithan that tugs at my heart, and this book did not disappoint. Please pick up this book and read it, it will change you in ways you could never imagine. But beware, tissues may be necessary and it might not be the best to read on public transit, especially if you are a crier!

Amazing Read!

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  1. Thank you for the review. I've always been a fan of stories with wandering souls and who better to immortalize this story but David Levithan?

    1. I completely agree, his writing is amazing and this stpry does not disappoint :)