REVIEW! Every Day by David Levithan. – thegrammariansreviews.com

REVIEW! Every Day by David Levithan.

Jun
16

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Every Day by David Levithan

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

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.

MY THOUGHTS:

Mind is blown.

I didn’t think Levithan could handle the subject and concept of love any better than he did in Boy Meets Boy and The Realm of Possibility. But he did.

It’s interesting that the book’s description claims A is a “he,” when, in fact, A is, in a way, an ambiguous narrator. It’s a tricky, touchy structural aspect, but works rather seamlessly; I never got caught up or confused about A’s gender. A simply existed to me, and the way the plot carries on allowed me to trust this style of narration.

As far as characters go, A is consistent. Although waking up in another person’s body every day, A manages to maintain “his” own personality while also putting forth each person’s personalities as well. Some are more interesting than others, but they’re all their own persons, and there’s always something to be learned from them. Rhiannon is a more predictable character, but not unlikeable; she complements A really well. If anything, I would’ve preferred to learn more about her on a personal level; I wasn’t satisfied with the majority of the information about her being gathered by A, because A is often too preoccupied with her beauty.

Every Day is a love-at-first-sight kind of story, testing every internal and external struggle a relationship can withstand. It’s not always cute, and it’s not always upsetting. It’s wholesome. It’s about having hope and doing what it takes to be with the one you love, no matter their appearance. There’s a lot to be taken from this story, a lot that needs to sink in. While it reads easily, the words eventually stick together, clogging your thoughts, making you think.

In the midst of this beauty is a darker side, though. One that I wasn’t expecting. For me, it’s a bit too out of place, and left me unsatisfied with the ending. I needed more information.

But Levithan’s writing is the star in all of this. It’s so emotional, so raw, so real, so touching. Even when he’s being blunt, he’s caring.

Every Day is a mishmash of What ifs and everything that’s both wrong and right in the world; it’s a story that encompasses so much more than this one life.

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10 Responses to “REVIEW! Every Day by David Levithan.”

  1. elena says:

    Ooh, this has a really unique premise and I like David Levithan’s writing from what I’ve read of him. I like that A is consistent even though he’s in a different body, that’s a tricky thing to pull off. I’m really curious about this book!

    • Alissa says:

      I really wasn’t sure he was going to be able to pull it off, even though he’s David Levithan. I’ve read other books that switch to so many different characters and it’s like you never get the right amount from any of them. But this is so balanced.

  2. I need to read a David Levithan book. Seriously.

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  4. I didn’t even know David Levithan had a new book out and I LOVED BMB and Realm. Such awesome books! This sounds intriguing and sweet; I’ll have to pick it up for a beach read 🙂

  5. This sounds absolutely amazing. I really want to read this now.

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