05 January 2013

Review: Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan

Published: 28 August 2012 by Knopf

Pages: 336 (hardcover)

Genre/s: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy

Source: Own

Synopsis

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.


My Thoughts

It's been nearly two weeks since I finished reading Every Day, and I'm only just now writing my review. Normally, I write my reviews within hours, or at most 2-3 days after finishing a book, as my sieve-like memory kicks in pretty quickly. But it's taken me almost two weeks to think about how to review Every Day, and I'm still thinking about the book and how it made me feel.

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.''

11 comments:

  1. I'm dying to read this book! It's so good that the book stayed with you for so long and books that actually make you think... there's something really special about that. I'm totally going to read this one ASAP! :) Great review!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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    1. It is gorgeous! I literally hugged it when I finished, and it took me days to put it back on the shelf because it made me happy just looking at it!

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  2. Oh wow, the last quote is perfect! I've read it a couple of times and it becomes prettier every time I read it :D

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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    1. The whole book is full of worthy quotes, I'm just bad at writing them down ;)

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  3. Everyone has so many good things to say about this book!
    I really want to read something by David Levithan. I might get one of his books once I finish reading some of tbr books

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    1. I'm definitely going to track down more of his work, it was just beautiful!

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  4. I've heard really good things about this one. It just seems like such a unique idea, and one that I'm really hoping to get to in 2013.

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  5. I have had this book for a while and I still have not read it. Ugh. But I will get to it this year. :D

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  6. Oh yay, I've been convinced since I heard Levithan read an excerpt at DBF that I would love this book, but I've seen a few meh reviews about how overrated and preachy this book is, but you and Lenore are giving me my hope back. YAY!

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  7. YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

    OMG, you have no idea how long I've waited to read this review because the book and consequently, its effect on people, get me SUPER excited. Okay, I just need a minute to breathe and think because I'm totally buggin. So good!

    I think David is such an incredibly insightful, imaginative thinker and his words and outside-the-box notions are so beautiful and relevant and touching. Now, I'm a total realist and I don't always have the most uppity/positive views on the world but this book did the one thing that so many others haven't (regardless of how entertaining they may be)... it gave me hope and a renewed vision of the world. It was just so incredible. Everday and Levithan made a believer out of me and I'm thrilled to hear that it did the same for you too, Kat. LOVE IT!

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  8. wow, this is the best review ive read so far about the book!! thumbs up! :)
    and i actually read quite a lot..
    i finished reading it sadly (sadly because for me, it's the kind of book that you wish you never have to finish reading) a few days ago and it instantly became my favorite..
    i cant quite put into right words all of the beautiful things i felt or experienced while reading the book so i read the reviews of others instead..again, so far your review is the best! :)
    the kind of review id let my friends read when i want them to read the book..
    and believe me, i think ive recommended the book to like every friend..
    i cant even wait to read it again!
    and you were absolutely right when you said that the author's writing is addictive..i mean, i dont think id like it as much if it was written by someone else..i just love how he managed to capture all the emotions in a particular scene and then put it into all the right words..not to mention all of his thought-provoking ideas..
    guess got to check his other books!! but not til i'll be able to move on with this one.. :D
    again, nice review! keep up the good work!

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