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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. But can Rhiannon love someone who is destined to change every day?
"Wise, wildly unique." (Entertainment Weekly)
"A story that is always alluring, oftentimes humorous and much like love itself--splendorous." (Los Angeles Times)
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|Audible.com Release Date||August 28, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #39,026 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#25 in Fiction on Emotions & Feelings for Teens
#69 in LGBTQ+ Literature & Fiction for Teens
#218 in Teen & Young Adult Fiction about Emotions & Feelings
Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2018
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Edition reviewed: First Ember Edition 2013 (paperback)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Why I picked it up:
I actually first saw the book as a recommendation on a fashion blog! Unfortunately, I was feeling snooty and didn’t look into it because the cover of the book didn’t seem like it would house an interesting story. On top of that, the title of the book made it sound mundane as well, and I promptly forgot about the book.
Months later, I purchased Life after Life by Kate Atkinson, captivated by the summary and promise of reliving life. I was so obsessed that I actually looked up “books similar to Life after Life”. I ended up on a library website that listed Every Day, and summarized it. The line that ended up drawing me in? “Every day I am someone else.” (taken from the back cover of the book).
Rather than describing the general summary of the novel, I’m going to assume that most of you have read the provided description.
Every Day is not the kind of book that keeps your heart racing and your mind spinning. The beauty of this book draws you in much more subtly and poetically. At the start of the book, I was immediately interested, and I wanted to know what would happen next, but I was able to put the book down fairly easily. It was a nice read for bed at the end of the day, (although it only took me 2 such nights to finish the book). However, as I read on, instead of getting bored or racing to figure out what was going to happen, I grew more and more attached to A. Emotionally, the build up was a slow, delicate one that gradually tugged on my heartstrings as I approached the end of the book. By the end of the book, tears were slipping down my face because I wanted to know more about A, and experience more days with him. This was definitely a book in which I started dreading the end, because I could read so much more of his life without getting bored. Thus, I devoured the 6 bonus chapters of his life that were included in my paperback edition.
The thing about Every Day is that it’s not just about A and Rhiannon. The introduction of every new character whose body A resides in is just as compelling as the last because this book really showcases the diverse spectrum of people in the world – even in small towns in Maryland. It’s impossible to tire of these different people and the way their lives had been set up. To interfere or not interfere is just one of the many conflicts that A has to face everyday.
A is an incredibly likeable narrator, possibly because of how much the reader sympathizes with what he has to go through. To not have a home to be homesick for, or anybody to confide in made me feel incredibly thankful that I can have a tangible life to call my own. Nothing that A experiences is really a true “A” experience simply because he is borrowing the body and lifestyle of the person whose body he’s inhabiting. This is achingly sad, and powerful because A doesn’t outwardly rage about the situation; the reader picks up on the strain and emotions much more organically. David Levithan has demonstrated incredible talent in infusing the supposedly mundane in an extraordinary way in his writing. There is so much that it relatable in this book, despite this mystical situation that readers (supposedly) cannot actually relate to – my guess is that most people reading this book don’t become different people everyday.
As for Rhiannon (A’s love interest), I found her much more likeable than I was expecting at first. Her actions, whether or not I thought they were the right ones, were those that a girl in her situation would really make. This again, is due to Levithan’s amazing ability to create a realistic atmosphere in a not-so-realistic situation. I ended up cheering for both Rhiannon and A, even though I was strictly Team A at first. As a heterosexual girl myself, I can understand Rhiannon’s uneasiness with A when he is in a girl’s body, even when he cannot understand because he is a genderless being. I acknowledge that it doesn’t seem right when you know that the person inside is the person you know and love, but the uncomfortable situation is probably how girls like Rhiannon would realistically react.
One last thing that I really appreciated: the ambiguity in the morality of the characters. The “bad” guys all had positive sides, and vice versa. It’s hard to create three dimensional characters when you encounter them only a few times (or even just once) in the book, but Levithan did a stunning job of doing just that.
This is where I dock half a star from the overall rating. The romance was generally good, relatively well developed despite the fact that A fell in love with Rhiannon in essentially one day. Rhiannon, on the other hand, took longer, which I appreciated, because the average person probably wouldn’t be able to fall for someone who changes bodies very quickly. The thing that bugged me, however, was the repetitiveness in A’s daily routine – search for Rhiannon, find out how far away she is, and try to meet up with her. Yes, that’s what a person in love would probably do, but reading it in every chapter definitely gets a bit annoying after a while. It doesn’t take away from the romance per say, but at times, I wanted A to focus more on what his body (and host) needed that day.
Favorite line about their relationship? A, at the end of day 6026: “I wanted love to conquer all. But love can’t conquer anything. It can’t do anything on its own. It relies on us to do the conquering on its behalf.”
The ending was both expected and surprising to me. In vague terms, the ending was what I had expected it to be when I first started reading the book. Meaning, that after reading the first chapter or two, if you had asked me what I thought the ending of the book was going to be, I would’ve guessed pretty accurately. But as I read on, that ending seemed less likely, and I started predicting different endings, perhaps because I thought that a different ending would have been more suitable for A. But when I finished Every Day, I knew that it was the right ending. It felt so right, in so many ways, and I’m glad Levithan stuck to it wholeheartedly. The ending made me cry, which is always a good thing, and I promptly reread the last 2 chapters of the book because I loved it so much.
This was my first encounter with David Levithan’s writing, but it certainly won’t be the last. The originality of the plot, the sweepingly understated emotions in his writing, the realistic character development – all of it was there. I haven’t been so impressed by a book in a while, and although it took me months to actually pick up the book to read it, I am so glad that I gave it a chance.
The title itself means more than it lets on. Every Day is divided into two words, establishing the motions A goes through, living every, individual day. Every day is unique, and brings surprises. This is different from “everyday,” which sounds much more monotonous and repetitive. The irony here is that yes, A goes through this everyday, but every day is different. Not what I expected, for sure.
Don’t be put off by the Young Adult genre. Yes, I probably fall into that category somewhere (I’m a college student), but the high school setting is relatable for every type of student that went through high school. The diabetic, the hottest girl in school, the drug addict, the 300 pound guy, the average wallflower – this book has it all. And even if you don’t fall into any of the “types” of people A lives through, the feeling, at least, will be there.
Highly recommended for any book lover. Perhaps a Young Adult lover used to instant gratification and romance with heart-pounding action could get bored of this book, but the fact that this book isn’t cookie cutter is why I loved it so much.
I’ve known about this book for two years now. The school where I teach assigns summer reading books like any other school, but one of the books is read by the entire student body. Books are suggested to the English department, they’re screened, and then three to five titles are presented for students to vote. For the summer of 2013, Every Day was one of the finalists—and the book I personally voted for based on the intriguing premise. Unfortunately, it didn’t win, and we read something else, but good things are worth the wait. I’m glad I finally got around to reading it.
The story is narrated by the main character who simply goes by the name A. A has this unusual condition, causing A to wake up every morning in a different body. On any given day, A could be anyone—a male, female, tall, short, white, black, Asian, Hispanic, straight, gay, athletic, slackerish, stunning, addicted. The only “rules” that seem to exist about A’s condition is that the person is about the same age in the same geographic area, and that A will never return to same body.
This may sound somewhat like the premise of the 80s/90s sci-fi TV series Quantum Leap. In that show, the main character Dr. Sam Beckett jumps from body to body during his entire lifetime, but Beckett stays in the body until he positively assists that person’s life. A’s trips into other bodies is much more temporary, and A adopts a philosophy of non-interference, somewhat like a tourist absorbing different cultures.
Until the day A wakes up in Justin’s body and meets Justin’s girlfriend Rhiannon.
The first chapter of the book (Day 5994—A’s been doing this about sixteen and a half years) is perhaps the strongest opening chapter I’ve ever read. We meet A and learn about A’s unique life. We learn that A can access the memories of the host brain to navigate a regular day of high school. We meet Rhiannon and see how she responds to Justin—A has become quite adept at reading body language—and it appears that Rhiannon has been in a long-term, somewhat complicated, perhaps not the best relationship with Justin. Enraptured by Rhiannon, A brushes aside the non-interference policy and asks her to ditch school to go to the beach. The behavior is seemingly out of character for Justin, and Rhiannon enjoys herself. The chapter was fun and funny and romantic—and ultimately heartbreaking because A won’t be in Justin’s body the next morning, and Rhiannon won’t understand why Justin isn’t behaving the same way again.
A finds ways to see Rhiannon again, and the story becomes a touching, uplifting, sad, and tragic love story. There are so many things I want to say about the plot, but I don’t want to give away anything. Readers need to experience it for themselves.
This is an amazing book for several reasons, and it poses many philosophical questions. Does A have the right to inconvenience, alter, or derail people’s lives (even if only for a day) for personal gain? Should A interfere in someone’s life when discovering the host is planning to harm others or even themselves? Can love truly be blind? Having spent time in bodies male and female, straight and gay, A claims to have fallen for both boys and girls along the way. That’s a powerful statement because it indicates that who you love should be based on the person they are.
But is love really blind? A can easily profess love for Rhiannon, but she has a harder time with A because the host body is always changing. Sure, we love the people we love because of who they are on the inside, but isn’t there always an external factor? Maybe the person you love becomes more externally beautiful because you love them, but it’s a relatively static external. As much as you would still love someone if they were scarred or lost a limb, would it be the same love if they were in a completely different body that you weren’t physically attracted to? These combined themes of identity and love are amongst the deep strengths of the book.
The narration is also a strength. This book would not work in any other point of view than first person from A. It is that reason why I hope the book is not made into a movie. In a visual medium, we latch onto characters differently than in a book. Though A describes each new body, we know the voice is always A—even when A wakes up one morning to observe “I am Beyonce” (not really, but in a similarly—shall I say bootylicious—way). I doubt the consistency of character would work on screen.
If I had to find any fault with this book, it’s that the villain character (revealed later in the book) needs a little more development. I understand the villain’s function in the plot and how it ultimately affects the resolution of the story—and I absolutely love the ending of this book for what it says about how deeply loving someone affects your choices—but I would have liked just a little more detail.
This is no way diminishes my enjoyment of the book. In fact, I am placing it in my Top 10 books of all time. I laughed, I cried, I got angry, but most of all I thought as I read this. For a unique way to tell a tale of love and identity, for strong character development (barring one minor exception), for a tight plot, and for the inability to give it six or more stars here, I enthusiastically give Every Day FIVE STARS. Though it is a Young Adult book, all adults and teens should give this exceptional book a read.
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Talking about A is difficult, because A doesn't have a gender, or a body. I wouldn't define A as a spirit, or a soul, but as a personality. A sweet, kind personality who does their best in a situation that's completely unimaginable - waking up in a different body every single day from birth. A respects each inhabited body by only accessing the parts of their memories and brains that allow A to function through a day as that person, to know who their parents and friends are, where to go and how to behave in a way that minimises the chances of anyone realising something is wrong.
In the beginning I didn't really 'get' why A was so attracted to Rhiannon, but as the story continued I began to really understand what was happening - after spending a lifetime with no particular attachment to anyone, A experiences an instant attraction, and not having had that experience before, does what most people do - becomes slightly obsessed with the person they have sparked with. And as the story progressed, I grew to like Rhiannon, and honestly felt quite sad for her.
However, Every Day is more than a bittersweet love story - A's experiences in different bodies also highlight how society perceives people based solely on their looks - whether they are fat or thin, white or black, rich or poor, and several of the bodies he inhabited were going through some incredibly tough situations, all of which A also experienced, and how other people reacted to those situations.
And finally, if there wasn't enough to love about this book, there's David Levithan's writing - it's addictive, it's beautiful, it's moving and has definitely made a fan out of me.
Some of my favourite quotes:
''If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: We all want everything to be okay. We don't even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.''
''This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible. And when it's just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be.''
A, the main character here, wakes up every day in a different 16 year old body. A usually attempts to leave as little an impression on the person’s life for that day, until he meets Rhiannon.
David Levithan’s concept is deceptively simple, and interwoven with a classic romance, works well on a number of levels. The Quantum Leap type scenario brings a freshness every few chapters as A changes bodies. Central to the themes of this story is an acceptance of whatever you are or choose to be as a person. The main love story is complemented by various subplots, which arise because of A’s constant body-swapping. The subplots deal with a range of subject such as obesity, gender, addiction to name a few.
Levithan doesn’t attempt to explain why A changes bodies or how it all started, but the pace and urgency of the central narrative and a plethora of interesting characters mean the reader learns about A’s world organically, as he/she does. The author leaves practicalities aside occasionally in favour of returning to the main romance. Early on, you find yourself engaged with the character of A, and intrigued as to what will happen eventually, so the author does his job of hooking with ease here.
A quick and easy read, with lots of issues tackled and topical messages on body image and acceptance of individuals imparted.
A unique storyline, very well crafted. There were some very interesting concepts to mull over such as the fundamental likeness of every single person. Although occassionally it sounded a little preachy and forced, I was also very pleased to see A calling out homophobia and transphobia. Its also very rare for a book to hit on depression and drug abuse from the perspective of the sufferer, without being dramatic or self-indulgent. I really appreciated the role of Kelsea and the effect her mental illness had on her life.
The story was very compelling and had me really rooting for and feeling sorry for A. In a way I'm glad it wasn't a happy ending as I find happy endings to be trite and unrealistic, but I was also really hoping it would all work out for A.
A and Rihannon fell in love in a matter of meetings. I appreciated the idea of falling for the "inside" of someone, but on that very basis, A would have had to have known Rihannon far better/met her far more to get a real understanding of her "inside" to fall in love with her. Additionally, a lot of the the dialogue was unrealistic... It is a common literary mistake to make teenagers talk in poetry at the loss of realism. On the other hand, Levithan has an incredible way with words that lead to some truly beautiful sentences (just not when its coming out of a teenager's mouth).
Like a previous reviewer, I felt a little robbed by the Nathan/Poole storyline as towards the end it fell off into vague paraphrasing rather than giving any real action or dialogue to what would have been an intriguing element. Too much focus was on the (unrealistic) love story and less on the surrounding story.
Also, there were a fair few typos in the book which is always annoying.
However, when it came to the actual narative, I thought it was extremely dull and not much was going on. The entire book was more like a collection of chapter-long short stories, and only a quarter of the book had anything to do with A and Rhiannon. The story between them could've have been told in about 10 chapters, and the story would still be the same; Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with Girl. Girls falls in love with Boy. Problem is Boy doesn't have a body of his own. And that's the problem.
So no I didn't really enjoy the actual story too much, but I'm glad I finished it.
P.S the Editor didn't finish their job properly as there are many sentences with minor grammatical errors, or misplaced words. e.g "I don't want to Rhiannon to see me like this."- yes, those were the exact words. And throughout the book, many sentences like those exists. So if you're not fluent or a native of the language you're reading it in, you'll probably struggle to understand it.