Published on: August 28th 2012
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Series: Every Day #1
Genre: YA Romance
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Every Day (Every Day #1)
Another Day (Every Day #2)
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.
This video is proof why I don’t let my hair be naturally curly, looks a frizzy mess! Was completely speechless after reading this one, had NO idea what to say!
I have been seeing reviews for this books for a while now and I am so glad that I finally got round to reading it. David Levithan is just Wow, I definitely see myself reading more of his books in the future.
This review has been one of the hardest to write because, as you will see from my initial reactions video, I was completely speechless upon finishing this book! Normally after I finish a good book I go and find my mum and start telling her all about it. This time though I just stood there saying “It was just so …”, not quite able to find words good enough to describe this masterpiece that David Levithan created for us.
The idea behind this book was one that I immediately fell in love with. I was curious about how it was going to be done, but I was also excited because I had no idea how it was going to end. Normally with a lot of YA books you know the ending from just reading the back cover, but with this one I had absolutely no idea, which I LOVED. There is no explanation for why A jumped to a new body everyday, but the story didn’t need it, that’s not what it was about. It was about how A coped with the situation and the consequences for A and other peoples lives because of it.
“There will always be more questions. Every answer leads to more questions. The only way to survive is to let some of them go.”
A is the kind of character that shows you that beauty is not just on the outside. A has no body but still is one of the most beautiful people I have ever read about. A never interferes with the life of the person who the body belongs to. Even though A has just only one day in each body, A makes sure to live the life that the person would want, spending time with friends and family, hanging out with girlfriends/boyfriends, even little things like doing homework so the person doesn’t fall behind. For someone stuck in such an unfair situation A is truly selfless. You can sense A’s loneliness at being involved in these people lives, seeing and experiencing the stability that they have, and wanting it too but knowing that it is not a possibility.
“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.”
A’s friendship/relationship with Rhiannon really tests that age old question: “would you still love me if I was fat/ugly/smaller (etc)?” Every day A looks completely different, and although Rhiannon is attracted to the person on the inside, she sometimes finds it difficult to be attracted to the person on the outside, especially since the person on the outside changes every single day.
“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 book in its purest form is about people, and what it is to be human. Each chapter is a new day, and for A a new body. It really makes you think about how special a day is, and how so many important things can happen in a day with out you even realising. David Levithan includes so many different types of people in this story, people in completely different situations, and has us, and A, experience them all.
“It’s one thing to fall in love. It’s another to feel someone else fall in love with you, and to feel a responsibility toward that love.“
I found the character of A very cleverly written. A has no gender but wakes up everyday in either a male or female body. The way that David wrote A, there is nothing that makes A feel either male or female, A just is. Writing this review was difficult because I think in my head I did start to see A as a male so I kept writing ‘he’ when talking about A. I think this is probably because A falls in love with Rhiannon, a girl. It got me to thinking though, if A fell in love with a boy instead would I refer to A as ‘she’ instead?
“I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.“
David Levithan has really outdone himself with this book. It was beautiful, a masterpiece, a work of art. I don’t know how to describe the feeling that it gave me once I had finished this book. All I can can do is recommend it, and then once you have read it you should recommend it to someone else too. Definitely not the last David Levithan book I will ever read!
I would recommend this book to fans of: YA contemporary, David Levithan, unique romance, forbidden romance