Every Day by David Levithan
YA, Contemporary, Romance
Knopf Books for Young Readers | August 28, 2012
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.
A wakes up in a new body every day, always someone her age, boy or girl. This has been A’s life for as long as she can remember with no idea on how it works. Everything begins to change when A wakes up in Justin’s body and falls in love with his girlfriend, Rhiannon. A has finally found someone he/she wants to be with, every day.
I have read several reviews saying that this book, and the movie based on it, are supposed to be about how love transcends gender. I agree, but I think it’s also about loving someone not for what they look like but what’s on the inside and what makes us human.
As you can see by my four-star rating, I enjoyed this book very much. It was interesting following A as he/she wakes up in a new body every day experiencing different lives. The romance between A and Rhiannon is definitely different than most young-adult romances. Can you imagine loving someone who woke up in a different body every day? I think this book was written very well. Each “chapter” is a new day, preventing any confusion about what body A is in.
Every Day is the first in a trilogy if you would call it that. The second book is called Another Day and is the same story, but told from Rhiannon’s point of view. I haven’t decided whether or not I want to read it or not. “Sequels” (for the lack of a better term) like that are not always that good. I’ll have to think about it. The third book is called Someday which takes us further into the lives of the characters from Every Day and Another Day. Someday is rumored to be published in September of this year.
“I am not kissing her because I want to, and I am not kissing her because I need to — I am kissing her for a reason that transcends want and need, that feels elemental to our existence, a molecular component on which our universe will be built. “
– A, Every Day by David Levithan