Book Review: Every Day by David Levithan

every day david levithan

Reviewed by: Stephanie
Genre: Youth – Teen
Format: Softcover
Page count: 400 Pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
In stock: No

 

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.” – Goodreads

The idea behind this story is really what sucked me into this book – not knowing your history, or who you are, and waking up every day in a new body? That would give you some crazy perspective. However, I think it also denies “A” (the main character’s name that they gave themselves) the learning curve of how certain relationships and events can have long term effects and consequences.

The story itself was pretty much what you’d expect from a teen story – youth falls in crazy love with another youth and wonders why the world is against them. However, the very intriguing plot element here is that their relationship is far from typical – how do you get close to someone who is constantly changing who they are and have no control over? It’s a bit tragic in that regard, but I suppose the tragedy is another aspect that really drew me in.

Another important part I’d like to point out was the fact that the author picked a variety of characters for A to inhabit, and through this plot point, he got to shed a lot of light and perspective on a variety of lifestyles, including touching on things such as mental health and LGBT culture.

The only thing that I disliked about this book was the ending. It felt like that was the halfway point of the story for me, and that we were just about to learn and discover who A is and how A came to be. Instead, it ended at a cliffhanger, and I suppose that does leave your mind to interpret whatever ending you desire. Still, I have my fingers crossed that their will be a proper sequel (one that comes after Another Day, of course) and that the story takes a sci-fi/supernatural turn. I feel like the potential for a whole new world is there, and I can’t speak for everybody, but I feel like many people would love to get their hands on that type of sequel!

Overall, I feel like this was an easy read, with a really intriguing idea that has the potential to suck you in and rob you of your free time and give you something to think about. You’ve been warned.

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