Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review: Every Day by David Levithan

Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Series: Every Day #1
Publication: September 10th 2013 by Ember (first published August 28th 2012)

Genre: Young Adult ~ Contemporary
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
Cover Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan, co-author of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, 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. This new paperback edition features six additional chapters about A's earlier 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 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.

All I get is tomorrow.

I don't review every book I read but with Every Day I felt like I had to at least try to express my feelings for because it's such an unique and beautiful book. And I also feel like I have say that starting this book was kind of a random act. I just wanted to read the first chapter to get a feel of it but then I couldn't just stop at the one chapter - I had to read more.

This book and writing has a very different feel to me than other books. Though I must admit that I haven't read many contemporary young adult books. Maybe that's why it's that much more special to me. Because books in this genre don't usually grab my attention. And Every Day definitely had me hooked.

I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.

I'm not sure how to start describing "A", the main character. A doesn't have a gender, he's not male and he's not female. Yes, I'm saying he because it would be very difficult to go about this otherwise. A definitely is one of the more interesting characters I have read about. And I adored him. The way he felt, the way he thought about things. The way he had reconciled with the life he was leading. He was so unique!

Rhiannon I also liked. Maybe not at first, but when she got more into the story and I started really getting their relationship as it grew and progressed I was sad for both her and A, because waking up in a different body every day makes is impossible for them to be together after all.

It's as if when you love someone, they become your reason.

This book deals with a lot of difficult and emotional themes as we get a taste of A's lives. With some of them I was definitely feeling very touched. And I loved how David Levithan's book was open to any kind of love. Whether it be girl loves girl or boy love boy. Love is love. More books should be like this.

Overall, Every Day by David Levithan is a beautiful, touching and unique story with a tinge of science fiction. I would recommend it to anyone I know. I'm sure you won't be disappointed by this lovely story.

Favorite Quotes:

If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: We all want everything to be okay. We don't even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.
It is its own form of conversation -- you can learn a lot about people from the stories they tell, but you can also know them from the way they sing along, whether they like the windows up or down, if they live by the map or by the world, if they feel the pull of the ocean.
The beliefs are almost always the same; it's just that the histories are different. Everybody wants to believe in a higher power. Everybody wants to belong to something bigger than themselves, and everybody wants company in doing that. They want there to be a force of good on earth, and they want an incentive to be a part of that force. They want to be able to prove their belief and their belonging, through rituals and devotion. They want to touch the enormity.
“Picture me however you want to picture me. Because odds are that'll be more true than any of the bodies you see me in.”

About the Author:

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.

1 comment:

  1. I want to read this but I'm not sure if I'd enjoy it, it is a very strange book!

    ★ Under The Mountain ★


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