Every Day

Every Day

Book rating: 04 Hardback Alfred A. Knopf

By (author) David Levithan

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 324 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 208mm x 33mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 28 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307931889
  • ISBN 13: 9780307931887
  • Sales rank: 15,700

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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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DAVID LEVITHAN is a children's book editor in New York City, and the author of several books for young adults, including "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist "and "Dash & Lily's Book of Dares" (co-authored with Rachel Cohn); "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" (co-authored with John Green); and "Every You, Every Me" (with photographs from Jonathan Farmer). He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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By Jennifer McDaid 08 May 2013 5

Review
I was excited for this book as soon as I saw the premise. Its sounded really interesting and for sure caught my eye. As soon as I could, I grabbed the audio. It wasn't long before I was in love with the story and the main character. The story was so new and different than anything I have read and I adored this book. A very sweet romance.

Long story short :

A is just a soul. Not male not female just is. A wakes up in a new body everyday where A will live one day as that person. A will get to experience that person's life, access their memories, and try real hard not to interrupt that particular life. This is a way for A to experience being human. A doesn't know if there are any others and doesn't know why it happens. It just does. A ends up in Justin's body and that is when everything becomes real because A falls in love with Justin's girl. Now A does everything possible to stay in Rhiannon's life, even if it is in multiple different bodies.

My thoughts :
The concept of this book really blew me away. I loved it! It was thrilling and sad. The creativity and emotions put into this story just amazed me.
The writing was beautiful, the tone was just perfect, and the main character was extremely lovable. While reading this book, I was useless to anything else going on in my life. I was involved 100 percent throughout the entire book.

The love story of this book was just so raw, built upon nothing but emotion from knowing someone entirely. My heart melted with every moment A was with Rhiannon. A loved her so much and wanted nothing more than for Rhiannon to be happy and then for A to be able to apart of her life. The things that A would do just be close to her, talk to her, be with her, and it was always on a time limit.

I fell in love with both characters. A was sweet, lovable, and just well A. It's hard to really go into A. A was just wonderful and learned to deal with the crazy life A lived. A would move heaven and earth for Rhiannon. Rhiannon was pretty awesome herself. She was in a bad relationship when A came along and was very introverted and a real people pleaser. She would do anything Justin wanted and always put herself last. She allowed Justin to use her and treat her like crap. She didn't know any better until A came along and showed her what love, friendship, and selfishness was all about. She grew to like herself again, to be happy with her life, and to be secure in herself.

The story really was beautiful. The ending killed me but I would reread it again.

I really want to mention the narrator on this particular book. I think the perfect narrator was established for this reading. It has to be very difficult to find a narrator when the main character is neither male nor female. This narrator pulled if off because I could see the main character in whichever body they were in, male when it needed to be and female when it needed to be,

In the end:

By Moodyno1 02 Jan 2013 4

Favourite Quote = "Ultimately the universe doesn't care about us. Time doesn't care about us. That's why we have to care about each other."

The only thing I can say that annoyed me about this book was the insta-love. Although it was kind of one-sided but still not the point, insta-love just shouldn't exist!

Onto the good points, starting with the plot. I thought it was steady-paced which was good it helped you enjoy the characters and other aspects of the book instead of just the plot. It was very a unique plot and don't think I'll ever read anything like it again. I'll admit I was worried the author would take the easy road out when it came to the ending, making everything work out perfectly but David Levithan delivered a very satisfying ending for me personally, it was open ended and I really liked that.

Let's talk characters, first there's our main character A who I liked, didn't love because of the insta-love and some of the choices he made were very selfish. But overall I liked his perspective and I sympathised with him. Our other main character was Rhiannon who I really liked. She was very realistic and down to earth, I could easily relate to her. The relationship between both characters was sweet but by the end of the book I was happy with how the relationship turned out because it was the only possible solution.

The part of the book that I enjoyed most was all the different lives that A lived. I loved all the descriptions of everyone's different families, friends, routines. Some of them were difficult like drug addicts, mental disorders, etc and credit to David Levithan for including hard lives like this and making the book realistic.

Overall I recommend this book and gave it 4/5 stars, probably would've been 5 if it hadn't been for the insta-love!

Review quote

"Fresh, unique, funny, and achingly honest, Levithan brilliantly explores the adolescent conundrum of not feeling like oneself, and not knowing where one belongs. I didn't just read this book -- I inhaled it." --Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of "Lone Wolf" and "Between the Lines" Entertainment Weekly, August 22, 2012: "Rich in wisdom and wit...Levithan keeps the pages turning not only with ingenious twists on his central conceit but with A's hard-earned pieces of wisdom about identity, isolation, and love." Every Day" has the power to teach a bully empathy by answering an essential question: What's it like to be you and not me -- even if it's just for one day?" New York Times Book Review, August 26, 2012: "It demonstrates Levithan's talent for empathy, which is paired in the best parts of the book with a persuasive optimism about the odds for happiness and for true love." Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2012: "It's the rare book that challenges gender presumptions in a way that's as entertaining as it is unexpected and, perhaps most important, that's relatable to teens who may not think they need sensitivity training when it comes to sexual orientation and the nature of true love. 'Every Day' is precisely such a book...A story that is always alluring, oftentimes humorous and much like love itself -- splendorous." MTV Hollywood Crush, September 28, 2012: "Thoughtful and fascinating...A study in the most real and human of concerns: the importance of empathy, the value of friends and family, and the beauty of permanence that we have the luxury of taking for granted." Boston Globe, September 15, 2012: "Ambitious and provocative...we're not ready to let A go." OUT Magazine, December 2012: "One of the most inventive young adult novels of the year." Romantic Times, October 2012: "Levithan is a literary genius. His style of writing is brilliant -- practically flawless... Reading A's journe