Every DayBook - 2012
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matilda9 May 02, 2014
One of my favourite reads so far this year. Such an original and beautifully written story.
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sarahbru17 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
mhuynhvirl thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 20
rachelhoback thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 16
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Every Day by David Levithan is about a teenager, named A, that doesn’t have their own body, their own family or friends, their own life. Instead, A travels from body to body occupying someone else for a day. This means that A experiences what it’s like to be a boy, a female, fat, skinny, gay, straight, gender queer, popular, unpopular, homeschooled, rich, poor, a geek, a drug user, and mentally ill. Everything that a person can use to define themselves is transiencent to A. Everything except the love A feels for a girl named Rhiannon.
Before falling in love, life was fairly uneventful, because A committed to not interfering with the lives of his host. This meant that A just went along with the flow. After Rhiannon, A decided to live a life for himself regardless of the consequences of others, and something that meant even Rhiannon.
The protagonist, A, has an indeterminate gender, an indeterminate family, and even indeterminate name. Every morning, A wakes up in a different person's body and life. A doesn’t exactly understand this situation/occurrence, but A chooses to be conscientious about the lives of the people he/she inhabits. However, this all changes when A falls in love with a girl named Rhiannon. Together, they have many obstacles to overcome while embarking on their wildly unique love.
The day A wakes up in the sixteen year old body of a careless boy named Justin, everything changes… Levithan’s fictional novel is a brilliant heartbreaking nostalgia that will have you inhaled into the book until you’ve finished the whole entire thing. David Levithan is well-known for many of his collaboration writings, such as Will Grayson, Will Grayson, written with John Green.
Ever since A could remember, every morning he woke, he opened his eyes in a different human’s life and body. What would life be like for you if could never care and love a person for over twenty-four hours? Never be attached to someone, never keep the friends you came to know? A faces this every single day of his life. When A wakes up in the body of Justin for the day, he comes across his girlfriend and immediately falls head over heels for her. Unknowingly, Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon, thinks Justin and her are having one of the best days of their lives’ together. A told himself not to get attached, disconnect with this girl he had met, but he just quite couldn’t pull himself to. As A fell asleep that night, he said goodbye to Rhiannon, which made him miss her even more. Taking any chance he could, he slipped away from the life he was in to find a way to see Rhiannon’s face. Rhiannon soons come to find out who Justin really was that day, which causes confusion, mixed feelings, and sympathy. Will A find a way to be with Rhiannon? Over the course of 6,034 days, A describes each of his days through the different eyes of young teenagers and manages a way to continue his life.
Unlike any love story written, David Levithan has managed to create an amazing book I will love forever! The brilliant book he has written will take you into an imagination of many eyes who seek the world differently. “She has the luxury of time. This day will be a slight, barely noticeable aberration. But for me it is the change of the tide.” This is only one of the many ways A has seen life through one girl. A never gets too attached to the body and the people he comes across in the 24 hours that he occupies one’s life. In such a way, David Levithan expresses the difficulties and realities of daily lives of fictional teenage characters. I admire this book very much as it is one of my favorite books filled with much imagination.
In this original novel by David Levithan, A wakes up every day in someone else's body. It's never the same person, they seem to be the same age he is, and there is no way to stop it from happening. It has been like this his entire life. He floats through each day, trying his best to not mess up the life of the person that he is inhabiting. He stays disconnected from their lives, family and friends- it's not like he can stay. Until one day, A wakes up in Justin's body, and impossibly falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. He connects for the first time. The story follows the connection between A and Rhiannon, their growing love and their complications.
A wakes up in a different body every day. A has never been able to stay in one body for more than a day. Now A is in love and has to try and keep the girl.
Everyone longs for human connection, but 16-year-old A.'s search for it seems to be a losing proposition. Every day, for as long as he can remember, he wakes up in a different body: sometimes as a girl, sometimes with a different ethnicity, sometimes with a different sexual orientation. He's long recognized the futility of trying to create lasting relationships, but everything changes when he meets Rhiannon, a girl who makes him want things he's never thought possible.
From the co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, comes Every Day, a novel about someone who spends each day of their (the use of their is intentional, as this person is genderless, per se) life in a different body. A has been jumping from body to body each day of A’s life for as long as A can remember. Currently, A jumps through the bodies of 16 years olds. By now A has figured out the basic rules of the jump (every day at midnight, and never in the same body) and has set up some rules to live by in order to stay sane. Rule number one is don’t get attached. Rule number two is don’t interfere with the life of the body A is currently in. Things go as well as can be expected for A until A jumps into the body of 16 year old Justin. Justin himself is more or less a jerk. The problem for A is that A falls almost immediately for Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. The rest of the novel is spent working that whole snafu out. There are some fun plots twists in here, especially toward the end, so my summary will stop here.
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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.
"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."
“I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.”
“You like him because he's a lost boy. Believe me, I've seen it happen before. But do you know what happens to girls who love lost boys? They become lost themselves. Without fail.”
― David Levithan, Every Day
"...we all have about 98 percent in common with each other. Yes, the differences between male and female are biological, but if you look at the biology as a matter of percentage, there aren't a whole lot of things that are different. Race is different purely as a social construction, not as an inherent difference. And religion - whether you believe in God or Yahweh or Allah or something else, odds are that at heart you want the same things. For whatever reason, we like to focus on the 2 percent that's different, and most of the conflict in the world comes from that." (p. 77)