EVERY DAY by David LevithanEvery Day by David Levithan
Series: Every Day #1
Also in this series: Another Day
Published by Alfred A. Knopf on 2012
Pages: 324
Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Also by this author: Another Day
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In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a "wise, wildly unique" love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life.

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. With his new novel, David Levithan, bestselling co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, 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.

Reading time 3 mins

Every Day is a look into the life of A. A is a rare occurrence in someone’s life, as he takes a new body everyday. This story shows him trying to hold on to something, in the form of someone. A’s story is captivating and heartbreaking.

This story has no real beginning. We wake up with the protagonist who we call A and start on his day 5994 and end on day 6034. A is someone new everyday. He gets some memories of the person he is, he knows his name, he might even get some memories, but it isn’t a real life. This has been happening to A ever since he can remember. At first he thought everyone lived like this. It wasn’t until the term tomorrow set in that A realized he didn’t have one. Or that his tomorrow was much more unpredictable then everyone else. The day he meets Rhiannon, everything changes for him. In one day he finds he can’t go on living like this. He dares to dream a life with her, but it may not be a life she could handle.

Every Day was such a delight to read. The story moves at a brilliant pace as we wake up surprised every day with A. A is always the same age as he should be. He can’t predict whether he will be a boy or a girl. He wakes up to find himself struggling with depression one day, and the only sole hope at the track meet the next. His only link to himself every day is his email account, which he must access in secret. A has never told anyone about his condition. He lives in secret and out in the open. He keeps secrets and does not interfere with the lives of the people he lives for the day. A’s life is hard to imagine, but seems completely plausible as the author lays it out.

The instant connection A feels with Rhiannon as he lives as her boyfriend for the day, changes everything. As days pass by, and he finds himself in other bodies, he can’t stop thinking about her. He decides to share his secret and see what happens. The result is a friendship that could only take place in fiction. I adored A. He is smart enough to figure out how to make his life worthwhile. A uses his knowledge to help, and he tries not to interfere with people’s lives. I loved that the author didn’t declare A’s sex right away. We get some glimpses into first love. These are the days I will remember the most from this story.

The author did such a stellar job with this story. A is so lonely, I rooted for his happiness. I didn’t have any real evidence of where this story would take A. In the end, I found his experiences profound. I think this book hits on the real meaning of identity and love. It is timeless and thought provoking. I know this story will stay with me for some time. I highly recommend this book.

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About David Levithan

David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

I would love to discuss this book with you. If you could live as someone else for a day, would you want to?

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