Review: Everyday by David Levithan
Published September 10th 2013 by Ember
I wake up.
Immediately, I have to figure out who I am. It’s not just the body – opening my eyes and discovering whether the skin on my arm is light or dark, whether my hair is long or short, whether I’m fat or thin, boy or girl, scarred or smooth. The body is the easiest thing to adjust to, if you’re used to waking up in a new one each morning. It’s the life, the context of the body, that can be hard to grasp.
Every day I am someone else. I am myself – I know I am myself – but I am also someone else.
It has always been like this. (Goodreads)
I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time and with the upcoming release of Another Day, Expected publication: August 25th 2015 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers I thought I might as well go ahead and pick it up to see what I think. The only other David Levithan book I have read is Will Grayson, Will Grayson and I didn’t enjoy that, so I was hesitant. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed Every Day. The basic premise is ‘A’ wakes up every day in a new body. Male, female, gay, straight, athlete, ugly, pretty, fat, etc. Anyone who is 16 years old can in a sense be taken over for one day by ‘A’. One day ‘A’ wakes up in the body of Justin, and just like any other day ‘A’ accesses Justin’s life and heads off to school. There he meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon and falls in love with her. They ditch school for the day and go to the beach. But just like any other day he only has that one day with her. The next day he wakes up in an entirely new body. The interesting thing is for the first time ‘A’ is still thinking about that day and wants to see Rhiannon again. So begins the daily task of waking up in a new body to find his way back to Rhiannon. For the first time ever ‘A’ revels what is happening and explains to Rhiannon that he jumps from body to body every day. ‘A’ hopes that she will accept this fate so they can be together.
The thing I absolutely loved about this book is that each day is completely different and the cast of characters is diverse, lovable and at time times down right beautiful. There are plot twists intertwined that made me appreciate Levithan and his writing for the first time. The only “problem” I had with Every Day was Rhiannon’s reaction to some of the people ‘A’ became. I understand that trying to come to terms with what was happening would have been hard to deal with, even hard to fully grasp, but sometimes she was obviously repulsed by some of the characters and ‘A’ was just as much in love with her as the day before. There were times that I realized how shallow Rhiannon was and I wanted more for ‘A’. The ending left me wanting for more. It was beautifully written and poetic. I rated Every Day by David Levithan 4 stars.
Expected publication: August 25th 2015 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published July 30th 2015)
The eagerly anticipated companion to David Levithan’s New York Times bestseller Every Day.
In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.
Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.
Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all. (Goodreads)
David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children’s book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.