Every Day

David Levithan
In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan, co-author of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a "wise, wildly unique" love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life. This new paperback edition features six additional chapters about A's earlier life.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.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.  

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-12-26
I don’t really have much to say about this book. It was enjoyable and a good concept, but it just wasn’t really my type of book.
Reviewed: 2016-09-09

What would life be like if we weren't anchored to a single body?  In David Levithan's YA novel, "Every Day", the main character, A, lives his life in a different body every day.  It has always been that way.  Some days A is a girl, some days A is a boy.  Sometimes A is cared for and cherished, other times A is neglected, sick, or suffering.  The only continuity in A's existence is the personality and memories that travel with him/her.  The people, the places, change daily, until A meets Rhiannon, and falls in love.

"Every Day" explores what makes us fall in love, and the more complex question of what makes us who we are.  Levithan touches on a variety of issues teens will relate to, including parental and sibling relationships, romantic relationships, sex, drugs, mental health issues, friendships, and gender issues.  The most difficult part of the novel for me was simply to accept the concept of A's reality.  All the things A experiences, however, are dealt with in a very realistic and sometimes heart-wrenching way.  

I wasn't crazy about the ending--it seemed a bit abrupt to me--but perhaps Levithan is planning on continuing the story (you can already read it from Rhiannon's point of view in "Another Day", and about A's earlier years in "Six Days Earlier").  Other than that, I raced through it and enjoyed it very much.

"Every Day" would be a good pick for students in grades 7-12, particularly for reluctant readers at the higher grade levels.  Please note that it does touch on lgbt issues, sex, and drugs, so if students or parents are sensitive about these topics, you might want to warn them first.  I would recommend it for students who enjoy realistic fiction or magical realism, romance, or lgbt literature.  If I were going to use it in the classroom, I would use it to spur conversations about gender, ethics, responsibility, kindness, and personality.

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