Every Day by David Levithan
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.
A has occupied the bodies of a lot of different people: boys, girls, gay, straight, transgendered, diseased, addicted, afflicted, depressed – you name it, he’s experienced it. He’s careful not to do anything too out of character, and he’s even more careful about doing things that might potentially mess up the body’s life (once they get it back). He’s just going through the motions…
Then, in a cruel twist of fate, A wakes up in the body of Justin. Upon initial assessments, A figures Justin is a bit of a douche, and settles into the routine of going about Justin’s day. Then he meets Rhiannon – Justin’s girlfriend – and his stay-out-of-it approach takes an instant nose-dive. A is drawn to Rhiannon in a way that he’s never been drawn to anyone, ever. Which is bad. Very, very bad.
Unable to help himself, A maneuvers himself into Rhiannon’s life, her head, and her heart. And honestly, that’s just all kinds of bad, because really, what kind of life can he give her? Different body every day, different location every day.
Then he meets someone who tells him he can make his situation more permanent. Could this mean he could have the life he’s always wanted? Could he have Rhiannon, every day, in the same body? He’s determined to find the answer.
So what did I love about this book? How about EVERYTHING! Everyone who knows my literary taste buds knows I have always loved and adored everything David Levithan has ever done, but this, well, this takes it to a whole new level. Every Day was utterly unputdownable. I loved everything about A. I loved how believable Rhiannon’s character was. I loved that she believed A so implicitly. I loved the depressed girl, the fat boy, and the kid he left Rhiannon with. I got to the end and screamed, ‘NO’ really loudly because I didn’t want it to end. Especially not there, where it did. I loved how flawless David Levithan’s prose was, how perfect and effortless it was to read. I loved the pace – it was perfect. I loved the cover (who wouldn’t?!). I loved Justin for doing the right thing in the one single moment he needed to. I loved the ending, but I hated it at the same time. It left me wanting more, needing more, CRAVING more.
Every Day satisfied every single one of my literary needs. It’s romantic, intelligent, exceptionally creative, and just perfect in every way.
It doesn’t get much better than this, folks. Every Day is the real deal.
Publication date: 12 August, 2012
Publisher: Alfred. A. Knopf
Teaser Quote: “I wake up and I’m not four hours away from her, or one hour, or even fifteen minutes. No, I wake up in her house. In her room. In her body.”