Oct 26

Book Review: Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day is an amazing new book by David Levithan (of Nick and Nora fame).  The novel centers around a sixteen year old being called A who wakes up every day in a new body. A is considered genderless which for most readers is a pretty profound concept to wrap the mind around; even more so than waking up in a different body every day. Each day, A tries to live as close to the vine of the person’s life A has inhabited. This becomes A’s mantra in life; never do anything the host wouldn’t do.  The mantra falters, however, when A meets Rhiannon, a girl whose boyfriend treats her less than stellar.  At this point, A does everything possible to meet with her day after day. Some of those days, A is a boy and other’s A is a girl. Sometimes A is fat, sometimes A is skinny. Sometimes A’s physical appearance doesn’t matter to Rhiannon, but heartbreakingly, sometimes it does.

Levithan does a fantastic job with this truly unique concept. Even though the body of A changes every day the voice and the character are stalwart and steady. He writes the relationship between A and Rhiannon exceptionally realistically. Rhiannon loves A, but she can’t always accept who A is. There is a subplot to Every Day which begins to gain importance over the relationship which Levithan also does a great job of keeping relevant. The handling of this of story is a bit of a juggling act, but luckily for the readers, Levithan is a pro.

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