Review: Every Day by David Levithan

August 13, 2012 Review 62

Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Pub Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Series: N/A
Source: Publisher for review

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Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. 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 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.

Beware: There is going to be a major gushfest below.

Holy crap!  Yes, that’s how I’m starting this review, because that’s how I felt as soon as I finished Every Day.  It’s been a couple of days since I finished this book, and it feels like I dreamed it.  Every Day was so beautiful and original, it easily earned a spot towards the top of my favorites list.  In fact, I want to read it again right now!  Like, right this second.  And this is coming from someone who doesn’t like rereading books.  This was the first David Levithan book that I’ve read, but now I can’t wait to read another one.

When I started Every Day, I had a lot of questions.  I had a bad feeling that it was going to be one of those books that drive me crazy because nothing ever gets answered, but the feelings I ended up with were nothing close to bad or disappointment.  By page 44, I knew this book was going to be hard for me to review, because it goes to a place for me that’s hard to explain.  I even contemplated not reviewing it because sometimes it’s difficult for me to talk about something that I love so much.  I had to stop reading so many times just to reflect and absorb the pure amazingness of it, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it even when I tried to go to sleep.

I don’t even want to give specific details, because it’s something that you need to experience yourself.  I will say that this book takes you places – dark places, happy places, sad places, funny places – it covers it all.  Like the blurb for the book says, the main character enters a new body every day; I wrote down every name of every person the main character lives as throughout the book, and I get so many different emotions when I look at certain names.  A quote from To Kill A Mockingbird is perfect for this book, it’s “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”  But sometimes even that won’t allow you to fully understand a person.

Overall, this was an amazing book. I seriously want to thank Mr. Levithan for writing it, even though he did kill me with the ending.  Do I recommend it?  Yes, yes, yes a million times.  Buy it or borrow it, I don’t care, just read it!

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