Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Genre: Young Adult – Fiction
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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.
The story is about “A” – someone who wakes up in a different person’s body and life every single morning. They have always been this way and have come to accept it. Until “A” end up inside the body of a boy called Justin and fall for Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. Suddenly, “A”‘s many lives revolve around locating Rhiannon and spending time with her. Hoping they can be together, and knowing that they can’t because of how he/she lives his/her life.
But the thing I don’t like about this book is that it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. I remembered when I read this back in 2013, most people claimed this book to be the “what if” young adult science fiction novel, where it would discover what it means to be gender less – didn’t have a body, didn’t have a family, basically, who has nothing. It didn’t make any sense to me.
But I believe, that this story is about acceptance. People in all shapes, sizes, gender, color matter. There is no preference given the above mentioned categories. It bothered me to not know whether “A” was a boy or a girl at his/her core but it bothered me even more to not know how “A” came to be.
Overall, even though I don’t like its concept and its writing style, I love how David Levithan portrays a heartbreaking yet heartwarming, like able and unlike able characters. It portrays diversity as well, which I really love. For me, this novel, depicts the typical teenage life in a realistic, funny and heart wrenching way despite “A”‘s way of life.