October 4, 2012

Review of Every Day by David Levithan


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.

Every Day by David Levithan
Publication Date:  August 28, 2012
Publisher:  Knopf Books for Young Readers
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I want you to imagine yourself, I’ll wait. *tick, tock/waking up feeling like P-diddy* You’re back! Great! I’m gonna assume you just imagined your life, all the little details, both significant and insignificant. All the little things that make up your life and identity—now imagine that changing each and every day. Why? Because every single morning you wake up in the body of another person, it might be a girl or a boy, but it’s never the person you were born as. Your physical shell changes with every stroke of midnight, like some sort of twisted Cinderella story.

Now that you’ve imagined all of that, I’d like to introduce you to the life of main character A from David Levithan’s novel Every Day. A story that is innovative, romantic and very exciting. Yes his (or I’m assuming it’s a he) name is A, I didn’t make a typo, it’s the letter A. Like the antagonist from the Pretty Little Liars series—but now we’re just getting off topic.

A is a teenage boy I think who wakes up each morning in the body of a new teenager, the genders, personalities and body-types change with him each morning. Upon entering these bodies, A learns whatever he needs to about his host to get through the day and make it to his next host and the one after that and the one after that. It has always been like this for A, since the day he was born, and it seems that to him entering a new body is just routine. It’s not until A enters the body of a teenage boy named Justin that his way of life is changed forever.

That one day that A spends in Justin’s body causes him to fall deeply in love with Justin’s girlfriend Rhiannon and throughout the novel, A goes from yearning for another day with Rhiannon to become obsessed (I found) with the idea of being with her for the rest of his constantly shifting existence. A takes turns in the bodies of many teenagers and constantly makes his way back to Rhiannon in a quest to prove to her that not only does he love her—but that the body he is in doesn’t apply to their relationship so long as she can see who he is underneath.

As a character, I definitely fell in love with A. He was a bit like a superhero with the way he would treat Rhiannon, but how he would make an effort to swoop in and save the day for the people whose bodies he is inhabiting for the next twenty-four hours. He helped a suicidal girl and most likely brought her family closer together, I definitely took him as a kind spirit. However, A did make one major mistake that totally impacted the plot of the novel.

While in the body of a boy named Nathan, A visits a party to see Rhiannon and leaves Nathan in his car on the side of the road. When A wakes up in a new body, Nathan believes that he’s been possessed by a demon. Throughout the story, Nathan harasses A in ways that I personally found irritating and eventually contacts the media to tell them that a demon controlled his body—when in reality it was just A.

But all that aside, I loved A and Rhiannon. The two of them together made my heart melt, I personally disliked Rhiannon, only because she stayed with her jerk of a boyfriend Justin and constantly made that a reason to not be with A. That… and the fact that he’ll never be the same person twice. But the lengths that A went to too be with Rhiannon made me feel very mushy inside, no matter what body he was in, A took the trouble to driving his way to Rhiannon to prove to her that he really does love her no matter what.

Epic “awww, OMG” factor, guys.

I would recommend Every Day to readers who want a novel that is original, romantic and has an ending that will bring you to tears. If a novel can make you cry (and in a good way, not in an “this is soooo terrible!” kind of way) you know it managed to hold a special place in your heart, the way Every Day has done to me.

About the Author:


David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children’s book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

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