Every Day

David Levithan

Every Day
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Every Day

David Levithan

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER [A] wise, wildly unique (Entertainment Weekly) love story from the bestselling co-author of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Will Grayson, Will Grayson about a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life. 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. With his new novel, David Levithan, bestselling co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day. A story that is always alluring, oftentimes humorous and much like love itself– splendorous. –Los Angeles Times

Review

david-levithan-revThis is a difficult book to review – not because I didn’t like it, I certainly did, but how to write about a protagonist, ‘A’, who mysteriously inhabits the body of a completely different 16-year-old every single day?

During the course of the story the host is male, female, fat, drug-addicted, thin, black, white, gay, straight, home-schooled, depressed, kind, angry… But A’s voice is that of a young person, experienced beyond their years and shouldering the burden of a great responsibility. Thoughtful, conscientious and incredibly respectful of the host, A is without a doubt extremely likable.

Over the years A has managed to adapt to this unorthodox life and its impossible situations. But when A falls in love and begins to desire a real future, the true challenge arises.

Long after this story’s enigmatic ending, I found myself pondering A’s unusual experience of life through so many different perspectives – that of gender, physique, health and sexuality. Does A’s character somehow represent the lack of control experienced by most teenagers at some point in their lives? Am I reading too much into the story? Perhaps.

What I do know is that David Levithan is an incredibly thoughtful and perceptive writer with an uncanny ability to explore and distil the essence of feelings and relationships in the most unusual and creative way. Highly recommended for ages 15 and up.


Athina Clarke is a Children’s & YA Book Specialist at Readings Malvern.

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