Immediately, I have to figure out who I am. It’s not just the body – opening my eyes and discovering whether the skin on my arm is light or dark, whether my hair it long or short, whether I’m fat or thin, boy or girl, scarred of smooth. The body is the easiest thing to adjust to, if you’re used to waking up in a new one each morning. It’s the life, the context, of the body, that can be hard to grasp.”
Every day A wakes up in a new body. A is neither male nor female, as A doesn’t have a body. A is a being that goes from one person to the next every day. A is always aware, and always makes sure to never become attached, to avoid being noticed and to not interfere. But all that changes when A meets Rhiannon, the girlfriend of Justin, who A has woken up in the body of. All of a sudden A has found someone to want to see, every day.
I had been told, time and time again, by other bloggers and authors that this book is the one that I should read… the other David Levithan books are good, but Every Day is where its at… and when I read Two Boys Kissing I shunned that idea because surely, surely, it could not be as good as that. I was wrong, they were right. Every Day was beautiful and moving and so odd that I loved it just as much as Two Boys Kissing, but I think they are on par with one another!
It is going to be very difficult to write about this book without spoiling anything. Its not a spoiler to say that A meets Rhiannon and falls in love with her because it happens in the first chapter. Its what happened after that which is all spoilery. I really enjoyed the story because it brought up many questions about what is morally right and wrong – and how that affects a person who isn’t actually a person as they don’t have a physical form. The ending was fantastic and I thought it stopped at such a brilliant point, I think my favourite ‘host’ body was that second to last one that A was in.
The questions that this book picks up on are just as valid for people who don’t switch bodies every day as much as they are for A. A witnesses people doing things that are bad for them the entire time A is in other peoples bodies and tries not to interfere but theres a perfect example within the book where A has to interfere because its the right thing to do… or is it? That chapter and that person A inhabits was the one that will stick with me now that I have finished this book because it really is the one which posed the most questions.
A was just a being so its hard to talk about them in this review… A was neither male nor female but I find myself wanting to type he because in my mind A did sound male, all the way through the book even when A was in female bodies, I still heard his thoughts with a male voice… Its an interesting thing to think about really because I don’t know if thats because the author is male, because A was in love with Rhiannon and my brain subconsciously thinks that A must then be male, or because the author wanted A to come across as male… I have absolutely no idea but to me, I think, A felt more at home in male bodies and I think if A could stick to one body it would be a male one. But thats just my opinion.
I really did love Every Day. I think its just as brilliant as Two Boys Kissing and hearing David Levithan talk about it at the event I went to with him during the time I was reading the book was incredible because you can tell he loved writing it. I now have another 3 David Levithan books to read and I cannot wait!
Every Day was published in September 2013 by Electric Monkey. My copy was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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