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Thursday, October 18, 2012
Every Day
David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Source: Publisher & Random Buzzers
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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.

CATCHALL
Every Day was an absolutely work of art. Gorgeous. I can honestly say that it is a seriously unique book. David Levithan has woven a tale that's not only heartbreaking and beautiful, but dealt with gender issues as well. I loved that such a seemingly serious book was so deeply emotional and something that I could completely invest myself in. I loved being in A's world and getting to figure everything out along with A and Rhiannon.

THE HERO(INE)
A
First, I want to make one thing clear. A easily reads as male, at least to me. But the truth is that A is genderless and both genders all at once. It is a mistake to say otherwise. I will be calling A "A" each time I mention A because although that is redundant, using "he" feels wrong and using "(s)he" or "he/she" or something is just annoying. Like it says in the blurb, A is soul. A has used to getting to live life unattached to anyone or anything. A's detachment was a protection against being hurt when A must ultimately leave, but at the same time that itself ended up hurting A too. A couldn't continue to live life detached from A's emotions. A is a very dynamic character. A doesn't want to live life selfishly, but in the end that was something that was very difficult for A.

THE LOVE INTEREST
RHIANNON
Rhiannon is the girl that A falls in love with. I didn't always like her. Although her reasons for staying with Justin are never explicitly stated, something about that was weird and it lowered my opinion of her because it made her look like she had very little self-respect. Rhiannon is sweet and far from naïve, but she's also not the most worldly girl. She doesn't need protection, but she still welcomes it. I eventually ended up liking her. She didn't have it easy with A, but she handled it very well in the end, and I agreed with her final decisions.

THE PLOT
From page one, Every Day grabbed me in a place I haven't been grabbed in a long time. Right in the feels. and it didn't let go. Honestly, it still hasn't. This was—is—an extremely emotional book for me and that's not the type of thing that's easily forgotten. It messed around with me in an almost cruel way, manipulating and changing me. Seriously. That sounds very, very cliché, but it's the best thing I know to say.

I especially really liked the way A slowly gets to know Rhiannon. She intrigued him from the very first time he met her, but he could never have imagined that she was going to be so important. It was simply another day for A. But Rhiannon had something inside her that dragged him to her, despite his wanting to stay unattached. And once attached, A cannot stay away.

I thought the way the story unfolded was gorgeous. It begins very mundane, for A's life, anyway. It doesn't seem like it's going to be anything special. And even though we know that this is the day everything changes for A, it's still thrilling to watch it actually happen.

One thing I didn't like is there were some questions that were brought up and then just kind of ignored. It irritates me when authors ask questions like that—like about origins, for example—and never answer them. It would be much better if they had never been brought up at all, because then they wouldn't be on the forefront of my mind, waiting to be answered. Frankly, it's very annoying.

This was absolutely lovely. It's not your average story in any way. It's a freaking emotional roller coaster. While that isn't the first time I've used that term and I seriously doubt that it will be the last, it is, well, true. There are moments full of seriousness, there are moments full of laughter, there are moments so tender and sweet they took my breath away.

THE ROMANCE
The romance was gorgeous, and yes, it made my heart ache. From the very beginning, love between A and Rhiannon seems impossible. A is a different person every day, and A cannot control the change. Sometimes, A is in a girl's body. While that kind of thing doesn't bother him, it makes Rhiannon uncomfortable. That alone drives a wedge between them. And because of A's situations, he cannot always keep his promises to Rhiannon and he cannot see her every time he would like to. Sometimes no matter how hard he tries, he cannot do what she needs him too. Rhiannon clearly loves him, but she can only sacrifice so much. A obviously loves Rhiannon, too, and that becomes clear from his last choice.

THE WRITING
I really, really, really like David's writing. Though it's true that A read as male for a lot of the book, A is genderless and that really did come across at some points. A's personality also really came through. We get to know A intensely through his mind, through his choices, through everything about him. Moreover, I really enjoyed the dialogue between A and Rhiannon. They have good banter, but they also have some really awesome serious conversations when need be, and their feelings and their hopes and their disappointments and everything really came through in sometimes only a few words.

THE ENDING
The ending broke my heart (in a good way) and made me literally cry my eyes out. Both A and Rhiannon have to make sacrifices, and what A does in the name of love is probably the greatest thing anyone could ever do for love. The ending ties the entire story together and cements A's and Rhiannon's shared story. Everything comes together in an explosive and perfect climax that stole a another little piece of my heart. It was dramatic but not overly so, and a definite tearjerker. I actually dare you to read it and not cry.

WRAPUP
So, yes, Every Day was lovely, and excruciatingly painful. Still, I wouldn't change any of it for anything. It made me think, and I really liked that. It was so much more than just a fluffy love story, it's one of the most unique things I've ever read. Though this was my first David Levithan book, I have heard awesome things about his writing and I will definitely be checking out more of it in the hopefully near future. I can absolutely recommend this book with all my heart, and all my soul. I know that sounds totally cliché, but it's also true.

FINE.

*****FINAL RATING:  4.75 RED ROSES*****
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21 comments:

  1. I still haven't read this one, but I have heard some amazing things about Levithan's books. Awesome review!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

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  2. I've been meaning to read his works but.. haven't really had time.. now I'll make sure to pick this up! :D sounds really interesting! ^-^ awesome review!

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  3. I haven't read anything by David Levithan alone, but I want to soooo bad. I've read Dash & Lily, but it felt more Cohn to me than anything.

    I really love that A is genderless. Or more accurately, A is soul.

    This feels like a book that will break my heart, your review definitely sealed the deal: I neeeeeed to read this.

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  4. Great review!! I have heard nothing but good things about this book - I really need to read it! It sounds really interesting and original.

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  5. I had already read your review of this book at goodreads... and now that I did it again, I need this book so much! It seems really a unique book, and I loved the fact that A can be a man or a woman, representing thus both genres... and it seems that the author was able to write such a captivating story that now I need so much to read and have and read this books =]

    @anaeileendeath

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  6. This sounds like a really amazing book-I read the synopsis aaaaaaaggggeees ago, and I still haven't read the book-your review's making me want to read it even more now!

    Hikma

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  7. This book sounds so incredible and different than anything else I've ever read. I've been hearing nothing but great things about it. Great review!

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  8. This sound like such an amazing unique book!! I can't wait too read this now!!! Thanks for the great review as always :D

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  9. I think that as much as I immediately wanted to read Every Day, my biggest concern was how an author could get me invested in a protagonist who isn't really a defined person. With every new review I read, I have to say that concern is minimizing. Absolutely everything I've read has been a glowing review so I'm glad to see you feel the same. I really can't wait to read this.

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  10. Every Day was one of my favorite reads this year. I just found A so interesting because he is devoid of gender and race.

    I still have issues with that ending...just who does A think he is?
    the only major qualms I've heard of it is that he may come across too preachy, and A's daily routine of waking up and hunting down Rhiannon was just too repetitive for some.

    Yet in the end, it was a very thought-provoking read that I have recommended to many friends.

    Thanks for the review!
    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

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  11. Completely agree with you about Rhiannon. It was a love/hate relationship with her.
    <3 Em

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  12. This book has such a unique and interesting story idea! I am glad to read how much you liked it! I love a good ending so even though you said this ending will make us cry, it sounds like it's worth it! I love that the author does such a great job giving us insight into A's character! Thanks for this great review!

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  13. This sounds like a totally awesome and unique story, I would love to read this book. Thank you for the review, I would never have considered this book without it. :)

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  14. I really like books that make me cry my eyes out, there aren't enough books that do that nowadays. Love to get my hands on this one and great review as always.

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  15. I have the feeling this is one of those reads that stays with you long after you finish it. The premise is absolutely captivating & unique. I read other works of his and I think is a great author. I'm not so fond of "cry my eyes out" type of books but I'm definitely going to do an exception with this one.

    Thanks for the insightful review. Take care!!

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  16. Great review!! I'm halfway through this book and it's so good. And when I say it's so good, I mean amazing! :) I'm a big fan of David Levithan, since his writing is just so beautiful and I can connect with his characters, I have great expectations for this book, and so far, the book hasn't disappointed me one bit, and I doubt it will even after I finish reading it! I know that once I finish the book, I'll be heartbroken. I know this book will be one of my long-time favourites for sure, even though I still haven't finished the book. LOL
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts without any spoilers! :)

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  17. Hi!

    Youre reviews are so nice! :D I really like it, and Everyday is in my list now :D

    The topic is interesting and a new thing in books

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  18. I always love your reviews! Though I haven't read Every Day yet (maybe because I'm an idiot?) I already feel so attached to A and heartbroken that he has to lead such a life. :c

    Grace
    Lust For Stories

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  19. Wow, I hadn't heard the premise of this book before but this sounds really interesting! Your reviews are so great because they provide detail and context -- thank you!!

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  20. One of my friends gifted me this book on my birthday and its lying pathetically on my bookshelf because somehow the synopsis never grabbed my attention. Bt after reading your review this sounds just like my kind of book, I cant believe I havent read it till now!
    Thanks for your awesome review, this has just been bumped up right to the top of my TBR!

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  21. I just got my hands on this book and cannot wait to get started. What a unique story line and I think this sounds fantastic! Really enjoyed your review!

    Jolene A

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