Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Release Date: August 28, 2012
When it comes to this book, I don’t really know where to begin. I’ll try to sum up Every Day in one word: Wow. This was truly one of the best books I’ve ever read. Ever. Nothing I write about it here can do this book justice, although I’m going to give it a shot anyway. But before I go on, I just want to say that whoever you are, male or female, young adult or much older reader, fantasy or realistic fiction fan, please please please, I implore you to give this book a try. If you have even the slightest smidge of hopeless romantic in you (and let’s face it, deep down we all do), there is a good chance you will find yourself deeply immersed in all that this book has to offer.
Every Day, by David Levithan, is the story of a sixteen year old person. This person has no gender, race, family, or physical identity; all this person carries is a name – A, which A chose as A’s name. No one knows A by A’s name, because A wakes up in the body of a different person every day, always someone A’s age. A’s life has always been this way and A accepts it. A can access the memories of the bodies of those people A inhabits, and therefore can appear to be living a normal day in their lives.
It sounds confusing and complicated, and it is. But David Levithan does a remarkable job of establishing rules and boundaries for this completely original premise, and defining them in a way that makes perfect sense when you’re reading. He answers all of your questions before you ask them, which makes the unique and fascinating conditions only elevate the reading experience, turning a love story into something so much more.
So yes, it is a love story, but don’t let that turn you off. It’s not your typical love story, because A is not your typical character. A changes physical identities every single day, so on the one day A meets Rhiannon, A realizes the complexities of trying to start a relationship with her – a relationship A wants her to have with A, not with whomever’s body A is inhabiting for the day. Eventually, A takes a chance – A tells Rhiannon about the life A lives. At first she is disbelieving – who wouldn’t be? But as she realizes that A is telling the truth, she realizes that A has a kind and caring heart, and she begins to fall for A as well. But what do you think? Is it possible to have a relationship with a person who is in a different body every day? Together, A and Rhiannon try to figure it out, and we, as readers, are lucky enough to be allowed to explore that unknown with them.
Not only was this book so captivating that I never wanted it to end, in my opinion, it was incredibly well-written. David Levithan has an incredible ability to write beautiful, poignant phrases that you want to read over and over again, that you want to read out loud so you can hear the beauty of the words. As I began to read Every Day, and as I realized that it was not an ordinary book, I started sticking post-its on the excerpts I particularly loved. By the time I finished the book, I had used over forty post-its. I want to write down all of the remarkable quotations from this book that I don’t want to forget, but I fear if I try to do that, I’ll end up copying down the entire book. I’d like to share with you now two of my favorite quotations from Every Day that made the post-it list.
“What is it about the moment you fall in love? How can such a small measure of time contain such enormity? I suddenly realize why people belief in déjà vu, why people believe they’ve lived past lives, because there is no way the years I’ve spent on this earth could possible encapsulate what I’m feeling. The moment you fall in love feels like it has centuries behind it, generations – all of them rearranging themselves so that this precise, remarkable intersection could happen. In your heart, in your bones, no matter how silly you know it is, you feel that everything has been leading to this, all the secret arrows were pointing here, the universe and time itself have crafted this long ago, and you are just now realizing it, you are just now arriving at the place you were always meant to be.”
“People are rarely as attractive in reality as they are in the eyes of the people who are in love with them. Which is, I suppose, as it should be. It’s almost heartening to think that the attachment you have can define your perception as much as any other influence.”
I don’t know what else there is to say about this book other than I think it is incredible. I’ve read (and loved) Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by David Levithan and John Green, mainly because I adore John Green’s books, but I see now that I am missing out by not reading David Levithan’s other books. I cannot recommend Every Day enough. I have no doubt that you, whoever you are, should read this book. I know it’s one that will become a staple in my life and one that I will be glad to return to and read again and again.
– Katie (:
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