Posted in Young Adult Lit

Everyday, by David Levithan

13262783Everyday
David Levithan
2012 Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9780307931887
Genre – Fantasy
Age – High School
3.5 Stars

A wakes up in a different body everyday. It has been this way since A was born. This has never bothered A until the day that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets his girlfriend Rhiannon. A falls in love and wants to spend everyday with her. Only Rhiannon isn’t used to the oddities of this kind of life. Will she get used to the idea of A as a personality and be able to look past the body(ies)? Will A be able to give up the usually selfless days, and make a life that A can claim ownership of?

The concept is interesting, and fun, but at times can be quite heartbreaking. Very Quantum Leap-esque. I liked that A lived in bodies that were similar in age, and I liked the viewpoint of someone who does not identify with a specific gender. I did think at times that A became very preachy about identity, and expected everyone to understand the viewpoint. Which is at the very least difficult. I found it hard to read parts without being angry. Most humans in this book and in the real world have been raised to identify with a gender, and to be attracted to a gender, or even body type, or look, and though I understand Levithan’s goal to combat these stereotypical identities, I have a hard time expecting someone to do so in a week. When Rhiannon has trouble with the concept A becomes very frustrated and not very nice, and it makes me upset! I did however like A’s battle of selfishness within. A constantly had to decide whether to be with Rhiannon and cause grief to his host, or do what was best for the body he was in. A learned a lot about reactions to actions! Writing this review has also taught me a lesson about pronouns, and how hard it is to write/speak without using he/she. Part of the point? Levithan did this pretty flawlessly in Everyday. I listened to this on Audiobook, and enjoyed the narrator’s voice, pace, and tone. All in all, pretty good.

 

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One thought on “Everyday, by David Levithan

  1. Your review captures exactly how I felt about this book. I liked the concept of the book. It was kind of a paradox in the way that A had to choose between what he was expected to do while trying to have a life of his own. Also I agree A was at times just a bit too forceful with his beliefs.

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