Review: Every Day by David Levithan

Every DayEvery Day by David Levithan
Read: January 1 – January 2, 2013
Format: E-book (library book), 219 pages
ISBN: 978-0-307-97563-8

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (Random House), 2012

Personal read.

Book Blurb: A has no friends. No parents. No family. No possessions. No home, even. Because every day, A wakes up in the body of a different person. Every morning, a different bed. A different room. A different house. A different life. A is able to access each person’s memory, enough to be able to get through the day without parents, friends, and teachers realizing this is not their child, not their friend, not their student. Because it isn’t. It’s A. Inhabiting each person’s body. Seeing the world through their eyes. Thinking with their brain. Speaking with their voice.

It’s a lonely existence–until, one day, it isn’t. A meets a girl named Rhiannon. And, in an instant, A falls for her, after a perfect day together. But when night falls, it’s over. Because A can never be the same person twice. But yet, A can’t stop thinking about her. She becomes A’s reason for existing. So each day, in different bodies–of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, walks of life–A tries to get back to her. And convince her of their love. But can their love transcend such an obstacle?

My Opinion: Every Day by David Levithan was nominated for the book club I am a part of, but it didn’t get enough votes to win. It looked interesting, so I decided to read it on my own.

It is a quick read, with a very light story. I feel like there isn’t actually much story to go with. It is two teenagers falling in love. Some would argue that that in itself is a story, but for me, it wasn’t quite enough. Thankfully, David Levithan does a decent job of writing so the book doesn’t get stagnant. I was quite pleased with that. I was disappointed that we didn’t learn more about A. But, at the same time it kind of worked because if there was too much about A, it might have gotten cheesy.

I think the biggest problem for me was A as a character. A is so sure of who they are, yet they have never lived a day truly as themselves. People live their whole lives as themselves, and don’t know who they are… so I found that aspect of A’s personality to be a little unbelievable. Especially since teenagers, by nature, are creatures of indecision and drama.

Every Day does have some really amazing messages, though. A doesn’t identify as male or female, as A can wake up as either. A has even been a male-gendered female. It really sheds light on a common occurrence among today’s youth, which will hopefully promote acceptance of people who are transgendered. The other awesome thing that the book shares with its readers is that love is love, regardless of who is feeling it. The book features gay and lesbian couples multiple times, and it is no big deal. I hope that one day we will have a world like the one in this book…

Every Day is also unafraid to look at some of the darker sides of being a teen. There is a small bit about teen depression, A inhabits the body of a girl who is mean just for the sake of it… For these things, I am grateful to David Levithan. It is not often that an author will explore all aspects of being a teen in today’s world.

Bottom Line: A quick read covering a range of human emotions, focusing mostly on love. Not without flaws, but definitely worth a read if you are a fan of young adult romance.

(Cover image and book blurb courtesy of Goodreads)



4 thoughts on “Review: Every Day by David Levithan

  1. Good review of this book. I really enjoyed it. I can see how it would be frustrating to not know more about A, but I was happy that Levithan didn’t try too hard to create an elaborate theory for A’s existence. Like you, I thought that allowed him to make some pretty wonderful points. Thanks for sharing!

    • Welcome to the blog, and thanks for the comment! I definitely agree that it is better to leave A with some mystery, rather than try and force a reason and an explanation for A’s nature. It would have taken the book in an entirely different direction, probably into the realm os Science Fiction, rather than just having it be a light-hearted young adult romance book.

      I will say, I am looking forward to picking up more of David Levithan’s work. I have respect for him, even if this wasn’t my most favorite book ever.

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