Review: Every Day by David Levithan
Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Format/Source: Hardback/Borrowed from a friend
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction
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. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads)
On My Auto-Read List…
David Levithan has quickly become one of my favorite authors (Thanks, Courtney, for introducing me to his books!), and he’s now on my auto-read list. He just writes so beautifully and every book is such a unique and fresh take on the world we live in. Whether he’s writing a contemporary novel about teens reacting to the bombing of the World Trade Center (Love is the Higher Law), or an adult novel written dictionary-style all about the love and hardships of a relationships (The Lover’s Dictionary), or a science fiction novel about what makes up a person and what it means to love someone (Every Day), he’s creating compelling characters and intriguing plots that serve to share his love of life with the world. And I personally can’t get enough.
Right Up My Alley…
I was so excited to read Every Day because I love science fiction and although this book isn’t about spaceships and aliens, it is about a person who jumps from body to body, sharing the life of a new person each day. I wrote in my notes that it’s kind of like Quantum Leap but without all the cheesiness. In this story, Levithan really asks the question of what is it to love someone, to really set aside the person’s looks and clothes and situations, to really just love the person inside? And he also really shows the complications that can arise in relationships, despite the fact that two people love each other.
There were also some interesting twists in this story, and you guys know how I love twists and turns! And I know some people really didn’t like the ending, but I did kind of like it. I’m not exactly sure why I liked it, but I did.
As always with reading a David Levithan book, my notes were full of mostly beautiful and poignant quotes. Here are some of my favorite quotes from Every Day:
Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from a friend (Thanks, Courtney!). I was not compensated in any way for this review.