Friday, August 30, 2013

Book review: Every Day

Every Day by David Levithan

Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews.

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.

This is one of those books with SUCH a cool premise you're scared it'll fall totally flat and be awful. A spirit that wakes up in the body of a different person every day? Love the idea. And I'm happy to say, it didn't suck. I liked it a lot.

I'm not gonna lie: I picked up this book in December after getting it for Christmas, read abut 40 pages, and then didn't pick it up again until July. I just didn't get into it the first time through.

And I think that's because I didn't love Rhiannon at first, and I didn't want her to be the one A loves.

But when I picked it up again, I got really, really sucked in. I didn't love Rhiannon initially, but I could tell why A loved her a little bit later. And A seems like such a good person initially, then gets out of control a little bit after meeting Rhiannon.

Every Day gave a lot of perspective to the joys of everyday life -- of being the same person, day in and day out, despite a hope to maybe wake up somewhere different, just once. It sheds light on some of the difficulties one person may have that another doesn't -- depression, addiction, disability, family or lack-thereof. And it helps you think of the world in ways you might not otherwise. It also challenges some of the stereotypes and ways of thinking society socializes us to believe -- specifically about gender and about love, but also about ability and disability and some other topics.

I couldn't put it down for the last hundred pages or so. Once I got into it, it turned out to be a very quick read.

Have any of you read Every Day? I tend to be a fan of Levithan's books. What did you think?


Amy said...

i couldn't finish this book. i got it from the library and made it maybe 30 pages in and then just put it down and returned it. Maybe i'll give it another go in a little's nice to hear that you gave it a second try and enjoyed it !

Kate said...

I LOVED this book. I think it helped that I pretty much read it in a day or two. I think if I worked on it slowly, I would have felt so lost as he transferred bodies.

It was just such an interesting idea, and i was glad to find out it had been done so well!

Katrin said...

So funny that you post a review about this now. I have read about that book yesterday and immediately put it on my wishlist. I definitely want to check it out!


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