Posted in Young Adult Lit

Everyday, by David Levithan

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.


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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