Thursday, February 7, 2013

Every Day by David Levithan

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.

About the Author:

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.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely have a love/hate relationship with this book.  I was hanging on every word for a while wanting to figure out what would become of "A" and Rhiannon, but this book took me a few places I am not sure I wanted to go.

I love the idea, the concept of waking up as someone different every day.  I think the idea is so unique and creative and kudos to the author for making it truly come alive.  I also think the author's purpose for this novel is to make the reader think about how truly different we each are and how to appreciate those differences.  With "A" waking up each day and experiencing someone totally and completely different he has such a sensitivity to that fact.  I loved it...

What I didn't like was how different he consistently took the the main character.  At times I felt like he put him in certain characters just to make a point instead of intrigue readers.  Every other one was someone who was in a morally compromising situation and I really tired of it after a while.

I have to tell you that while I completely understood why he ended it the way he did I hated the ending.  I love what "A" did for Rhiannon but I didn't like that we didn't find out what became of him...UNLESS, the author is setting "A" up for a sequel.  If that's the case, I can overlook what was an extremely frustrating ending for me!

I loved the writing style and while this is my first experience with this author I look forward to checking out some of his other work to see if it fits my tastes.


  1. I agree with you about your dislike about the major changes to the main character. I love to read love stories and can handle stories where they are trying to jump over hurdles to be with one another. However, with the major shifts in the main character, I had a difficult time forming and idea of the character. I couldn't even think about "A" having a relationship if I couldn't even really define it. I call "A" it because was it a girl or a boy? I never did quite figure that out. I think "A" was confused, too. :)

  2. I totally agree with you - it was just plain WEIRD! I liked the premise but it was just too hard to keep dealing with the differences.