In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan 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.
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, bestselling co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, 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.
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Published August 28th 2012 by Listening Library
Five stars: An outstanding, moving and emotional read that imparts that love is love no matter what.....
For A every day is another body, another life. A's entire existence has revolved around inhabiting someone's body and taking over their life for just one day. A could be a boy or a girl, it doesn't matter. A has learned to adapt and thrive, never understanding why. One thing that A knows for sure is that a body will never be revisited and that life will always be changing. A is okay with life, even though it means never putting down roots or having a family and friends to love and care about. Every day is another adventure. Then the day comes when everything changes. A inhabits the body of Justin, and meets his girlfriend Rhiannon. Rhiannon is depressed and sad because Justin doesn't treat her right. A, as Justin, decides that they should skip school and head to the beach. At the end of the day, A wants desperately to be able to spend more time with Rhiannon. The next day, in another body, A can't stop thinking about Rhiannon. Is there a way for A to find love at last?
What I Liked:
- Wow! I am kicking myself for not reading this book sooner. I remember reading the glowing reviews when this book released, but I never got around to reading it. Even though I am disappointed that I waited, I am kind of glad because this book has so many powerful insights and messages about love, and I thought it was appropriate for this year considering all the uproar over gay marriage. Leviathan, through his wonderful book, attempts to show us that no matter the body, male or female, nor the gender, that love is love pure and simple. Such a powerful, impactful and simple message. So if you are like me and you have put off this book, do yourself a big favor and read it now.
- The book centers around the concept of A, the main character, changing bodies each day. Even though I was itching to know why and how, the author keeps it simple by avoiding all the explanations, and the reader must just accept the fact that it is. For whatever reason, A wakes up each and every morning in a different body. It could be male or female. The only stipulations are that the body is the same age as A and it is in the same state A is currently in. Right now, A is sixteen years old, so all the bodies inhabited are sixteen years old and in Maryland. One day A could be a girl, and the next a boy. It doesn't matter. For that one day, A is able to access the memories of the person's body that is currently being inhabited, and A is able to become that person. Some days A pulls it off better than others. The next day, the person is back to normal with a vague recollection of the previous day, Such a thrilling and fascinating concept. I loved cycling through the days and the different bodies with A. Some lives were more interesting than others, and sometimes, I got completely caught up in what was going on in a certain body and was reluctant to leave. None the less, this was a provocative concept, that was brilliantly executed. Creative and original story telling make this a must read.
- Once A meets Rhiannon, a seed is planted leaving A wanting friendship and love. Here is where the book vaults into unforgettable territory. As A cycles through bodies, all types of relationships are explored, and it is here that the author tackles issues such as race and gender, hate and bigotry, and all the awful things that get in the way of love and relationships. A learns that no matter the body, that love is love whether it be as a girl or a boy, gay or straight or even transgender. Everything is simpler for A because A never identifies with a gender or race. One day, A could be straight, the next gay. It doesn't matter since A is capable of seeing love for what it is. The bottom line: love is love no matter what. Such a pure and lovely sentiment, if only we could all see the world through A's eyes.
- The ending is bittersweet, and even though I was a bit sad the way it all wrapped up, I applaud the author for staying true to the story.
- The audiobook was outstanding. Alex Mckenna narrates, and I thought she did an excellent job with the voices. I highly recommend checking out the audiobook version.
And The Not So Much:
- I was a bit disappointed with the way the secondary story line played out. Basically, A inhabits the body of a boy named Nathan, and A isn't as careful with the body. Nathan wakes on the side of the road, not knowing how or why he got there, but he is aware that something isn't right. Nathan begins to spread the story that he was possessed by the devil. A forgets to erase the history on Nathan's computer so Nathan is able to to track A down via email. For awhile, it appears that something big and bad is going to happen with this story line, but in the end it was a fizzle. I could have done without this story line since it didn't really go anywhere and it ended up detracting from the main plot, which I was completely invested in. It does however lead to an interesting meeting, but again, I was left wanting to know so much more. I am not sure why this story line was introduced since it was unfinished, unless it is meant to be followed up on in a sequel.
- I have to admit, even though I liked the simplicity of the way A changed bodies every day, I began to long for details regarding the how and why. Where did A come from? Why was A forced to live a different life every day? How were the bodies chosen? There were so many questions to the why and how. I was expecting a big moment in the story where it all became clear, but that never happens. So my best advice is to go in and just accept it for what it is.
- I found myself caught up in several of the storylines revolving around certain bodies. I hated that the next day, A was in another body and that I didn't get to find out how things played out for some of the bodies A lived in. I was especially wanting to learn about Kelsey's fate.
- I liked the ending, and I didn't. It is open ended, and I was left wanting so much more. There is a sequel releasing in August of 2015, but as far as I understand this is a companion novel. It is Rhiannon's point of view so I am guessing I will be left still wondering about A. I can only hope that the author has intentions of providing us with a sequel down the road since there is so much more of A's story to tell.
Every Day is an absolute must read. This is a moving and beautifully written book with a fantastic concept. Imagine living in a new body every single day. Being able to see life through the eyes of another. How would you view the world? How would you feel about life and love? It is an eye opening read with a simple bottom line: Love is love, no matter the gender or race. Do yourself a favor and read this book. It is outstanding!
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.