Every Day By David Levithan

Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ebook
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: 8-28-12
Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. 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. – Goodreads

A finds him/herself in a new body and a new life every day and that unique idea serves as the basis of a heart-wrenching and emotional look about love.  A has never known any kind of permanency, but has managed to carve out a little bit of himself, like a name and an email address, so that he can remain something separate from the people he inhabits.  Something inside me broke a little when I realized that even as a baby, a toddler, a child, A never had the same parents or the same arms to hug him goodnight.  Yet, in his life he has experienced every type of person imaginable.  He has been handicapped, mentally ill, suicidal, obese but also happy and content. The rules that he lives by are strict and despite the lack of consistency in his life, he has created a moral code for himself that guides how he behaves while in a different person each day.

I refer to A as “he” a lot because that was the feeling that I got from him, but it might not be that way for everyone.  Others might feel A is a female, and therein lies the brilliance of this book.  The way the story is told turns a mirror on the reader and you find yourself looking at it as every relationship you have ever had.  You will start to examine love, its constructs and formation, all because A is no one and everyone all at once.  Without a specified gender, A becomes your idea of love, as well.  Perhaps that’s what made this book feel so personal.  It seemed to be asking the question, what is love?  A takes on every possible gender, sexual orientation and physical appearance.  No matter who A was, A loved Rhiannon and I loved Rhiannon’s reaction to A, because this concept clearly challenged her idea of love, as well.

I read a lot of books and it is rare that one actually makes me weep, but Every Day did just that.  It wasn’t a sad weeping, although there is certainly a bitter-sweetness to this book, but rather a building up of all of the emotions that this story brought forth.  I plan on buying this book for my friends and family and lurking around bookstores to recommend it to unsuspecting patrons.  I loved every word, every laugh, every tear and I cannot stress enough how wonderful it was.  Buy or borrow this book because you will not think about love and relationships the same way after you’ve read it.

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I received this book as a galley from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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I loved this book so much that I am giving away a finished copy.  Just fill out the rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is open internationally and you must be 13+ to enter.  Good luck!

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282 responses to “Every Day By David Levithan

  1. Christina K.

    David Levithan is an AMAZING author. I love all his books – he has a way of really bringing out emotions through characters that are totally likable but show you so much about deeper issues:)

    GFC Christina Kit.

    Thanks so much:)

  2. I haven’t read any of his books yet but they all look awesome. Especially this one, I’ve been waiting on it for months. I can’t wait to finally get my hands on it, especially after this review!!!

  3. This is one of the books I’m really itching to read and especially now after your raving review. Can’t wait to get my hands on it! Thanks for a chance to win it. 🙂

  4. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS BOOK! Hearing from both you and Blue Willow how amazing this book is has me dying to read it! Thanks for the review!

    (not an entry)

  5. I’ve been meaning to read a Leviathan book in a while and I really have my eye on Every Day. It seems really interesting. I’d love to see how it turns out. Thanks for the opportunity to win, Kate! 😀

  6. David Levithan always seems to come up with such great premises. I can’t wait to get into this new world of his. Please enter my name for the chance to win, thanks!

  7. Isa

    When I read the synopsis I was so intrigued by the concept that I added the book to my wishlist immediately. I’m really happy you loved it because it makes me want to read it even more. Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  8. I definitely, definitely, definitely want to read this book. I read and loved The Lover’s Dictionary, but this sounds even more amazing than that!

  9. Thanks for the giveaway! This book reminds me about a movie trailer I saw recently, about a man who wakes up in a new body everyday. Still, your review of it is so complimentary that I definitely want to give it a shot!

  10. Wow, this idea seems very original and wonderful. I’ve mentioned it to my friend and kept wondering about A’s experiences. A seems so lonely to me (even though he meets a good number of people every day). I don’t think I ever read a book similar to this and I can’t wait to read it.

    Thanks for the giveaway~! ♥

  11. The premise for this book sounds so fantastic! I’ve only read Levithan’s Every You, Every Me, so I’m excited to read some of his other stuff and this sounds like a good next book :]

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