Book Reviews

Every Day by: David Levithan

Every Day

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. (Goodreads synopsis)

Looking for a book to discuss at your next book club meeting? Here it is! Get ready for some interesting conversations and possible heated debates depending on the crowd you “hang” with at book club.  I wasn’t sure what genre of book this was while reading it. The front pages label it “Love-Fiction” and “Interpersonal relations-Fiction”. It felt a bit like sci-fi meets love story meets a major lesson on life.It was my first book by David Levithan and I really enjoyed it. It was one of those books I continued to hear about and it was time to see what all the fuss was about. To be honest, a few times I wanted to give up on it-not sure how this was a love story.I felt so bad for A having no real connections, no home, no real friends or family. But I was intrigued, curious, invested and my curiosity to see how it would play out got the better of me. So glad that I did!As stated in the synopsis, “A” wakes up every day in a different body for only one day as a sixteen year old. That is how old he/she/it is as this moment in their “existence”. And let me tell you, what a genius and fascinating concept for a story!!“I wake up. Immediately I have to figure out who I am. It’s not just the body-opening my eyes and discovering whether the skin on my arm is light or dark, whether my hair is long or short, whether I am fat or thin, boy or girl, scarred or smooth. The body is the easiest thing to adjust to, if you’re used to waking up in a new one each morning. It’s the life, the context of the body, that can be hard to grasp.” You know the saying “walk in someone else’s shoes for the day”? David Levithan does an amazing job allowing the reader to experience the feeling of being someone else through A’s eyes.  A wakes up in the body of someone who is: a boy, a girl, fat, thin, gay, lesbian, depressed, suicidal, religious, poor, black, white, Hispanic…the list goes on. But regardless of what your beliefs are, put them aside for a moment and remember one point that Levithan makes, which I think sums up the book and the human race:

“Everybody wants to belong to something bigger than themselves, and everybody wants company in doing that…it’s only in the finer points that it gets complicated and contentious, the inability to realize that no matter what our religion or gender or race or geographic background, we all have about 98 percent in common with each other…for whatever reason, we like to focus on the 2 percent that’s different, and most of the conflict in the world comes from that.”

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. ~ from Goodreads. To find out more about David Levithan and his books, visit http://www.davidlevithan.com/

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