Review: Every Day by David Levithan

Posted August 13, 2012 by Christy | 62 Comments


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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62 responses to “Review: Every Day by David Levithan

  1. Wow! If this one comes with such a recomendation, then I must read it!

    I have to admit, reading the blurb made me a little queasy. I thought that, it could be amazingly original or could fall into soooo many traps… But after reading your review, it obviously works! So, yes: a new must read to the pile!

    (Yipee!)

    Thanks for the giveaway chance! 😉
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  2. Sam

    Wow! I don’t think I really considered reading this before, but you have completely changed my mind! I know what you mean about not wanting to review a book because its so difficult to get across how much you loved it. That in itself says a lot. Great job! 🙂
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  3. I love David Levithan. He writes amazing books and this one obviously lives up to the others. I’m so happy you liked it, I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. I love reading reviews that really show how much someone loved the book- and this one does it! I also know how difficult it can be to write a review to those certain books where saying anything of detail is just saying too much. You have given us a great review, and I hope I get a chance to read it soon- thanks!
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  5. books4me

    This sounds like an AWESOME book. I love reading books that are so different and unique! Thank you for a great giveaway!

  6. sienny

    a friend of mine is a huge fan of this author and i got 2 books from david levithan on my reading pile. thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Zino

    This sounds amazing! As soon as I read the blurb I wanted it! and your review makes it sound even more awesome. Seriously, I want to read this now. If I don’t win this I will definitely find some other way to read the book 🙂

  8. Carl

    I’ve also been patiently waiting for Every Day to be released. Soon it will be all mine. Perhaps even this copy. That would be sweet. Thanks!

  9. Maegan Morin

    Sounds like a very interesting story. I like the idea of fighting to stay with the one you love. I think I would like this book a lot

  10. The only experience I’ve had with David Leviathan is Will Grasyon, Will Grayson, which was an awesome book! I reallly want to read this one, it sounds awesome! I have high hopes for it and seeing that you loved it so much is making me more excited!
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  11. Danielle D

    Thank You for the giveaway, I’ve just recently seen this book being promoted, and it sounds like a great book.

  12. Isa

    I love the concept of this book and from the moment I read the synopsis I knew that I need to buy this book. I haven’t read any of David Levithan’s books but when I read the synopsis of his books I can’t help but admire him for the unique way he tells stories. I’m happy you love this book so much, it’s makes me more excited to read it! 😀
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  13. Jaime Lester

    Every Day seems very different from what I usually read, but I like that. I get stuck in a rut sometimes, and it is nice to head over to my shelf and pick something up that is different. I think Every Day would be that book for me. And I love the cover. It is really beautiful to me. It catches my eye, and draws me in. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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