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.
Release Date: Aug. 28, 2012 | Publisher: Knopf, 336 pages | Buy it
David Levithan is perhaps one of the most prolific writers of the YA genre. He has produced several works which deal with the highs and lows of teen love. In “Every Day”, however, he deals with this topic in a most unusual way. This is what make this particular novel stand out from his others. In “Every Day”, Levithan questions what truly constitutes love; is it just physical attraction, is it that deep connection from within, or is it perhaps a combination of both? Those are the questions that A and Rhiannon must deal with.
After awakening in the body of a self-absorbed jerk named Justin, A falls in love with Rhiannon, Justin’s girlfriend. After their day together is over, and A is in the body of a different boy, he finds a way to see Rhiannon again. After seeing her a few days in a row (in the bodies of different people) A confesses the truth to Rhiannon. Thus begins their relationship, tenuous at first as Rhiannon tries to digest the truth of who or what A is.
As they get to know each other, their relationship is tested by A’s appearance and gender on different days . Rhiannon finds it difficult to navigate her feelings when A is, for example obese or a girl. For A these things don’t and shouldn’t matter, but for Rhiannon it’s not as simple. Through A and Rhiannon’s relationship, Levithan helps us examine what is truly important in a relationship. The ideas explored in this book might not be for everyone, but they are certainly thought provoking. That is what makes this book well worth the read.
“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.”
“This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. I tmakes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. Ther person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything inyour power to make it possible, endlessly possible. And when it’s just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be.”
“I want love to conquer all. But love can’t conquer anything. It can’t do anything on it’s own. It relies on us to do the conquering on its behalf.”
“People are rarely as attractive in reality as they are in the eyes of the people who are in love with them. Which is, I suppose, as it should be.