Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Published August 28th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. 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.
From everything I’ve heard about his books, I was expecting Big Things from Every Day by David Levithan and the author certainly didn’t disappoint.
Levithan’s prose is deceptively simplistic, but crafted in a way that even the simplest sentences have a poetry to them.
This book manages to teach us lessons without getting preachy. Things like the fact that love is love.Whether a person is thin, heavy, model gorgeous, average, male, or female. No matter which body A moves to every day, A loves Rhiannon. Love has no gender, race, or size.
MILD SPOILERS AHOY:
Here’s a harder truth that Every Day addresses: sometimes, love isn’t enough to make things work. As much as we want it to, it doesn’t conquer all because other circumstances affect relationships.
And even if you can see a happy ending for yourself, if it means that you have to do something that you knowis morally wrong, you should do the right thing as opposed to granting yourself that happy ending. People will respect you more for it.
God knows I respected A more for it. A was self-sacrificing, giving Rhiannon a chance to be happy even though A had to move on. That’s a big love; caring more about the other person’s happiness.
Overall rating: 5/5. Every Day was simply beautiful. This is another one of those books that I hope makes it onto required reading lists someday.