Review: Every Day by David Levithan
Author: David Levithan [website]
Published: August 28, 2012 by Knopf Books
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Source: Bought at TheBookDepository.com
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.
Cover Art: Loving the cover art; it captures the concept of the story so well!
Very sweet, genuine story. Although the story focuses on the life of one main character, it touches upon lives of several people. What I mean by that? The story does follow A throughout his life and his love story and his perceptions, however, the bodies of people he enters are another story altogether. I love that whomever A’s life touches, we as readers get a glimpse of how that person lives his/her life. We see through the eyes of A, but his mind battles with the person’s mind. So we essentially can “feel” how it feels to be a druggie, to be obese, to be a twin, to be loved or unloved. It was interesting to read how A battled with the thoughts and instincts of the bodies he was temporarily inhabiting.
A’s character is very sweet and genuine, just like the story. The reader can instinctively know he is a good person, just through his actions and what he says to other people. His “insta-love” with Rhiannon starts out cute and sweet, however, I feel that there was a little too much trying-to-get-to-her and not enough getting-to-know-her in the book. That said, that did not take anything away from the story. I think it just shows A’s need to be close with the person he loves.
Levithan did a wonderful job of using this concept and executing an engaging story worth reading. It is a great contemporary novel that young-adults will enjoy and find meaning in. Definitely recommended!