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Every Day

by David Levithan

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RGG: Beautiful literature. Captivating premise, emotional, lovely writing, well-structured. A few sexual, but not overly explicit passages. Reading Level: YA.
  rgruberhighschool | Mar 30, 2015 |
This is a very compelling love story. Unfortunately, that's all it is. A love story. With its premise of an entity who wakes up in a different teenage body every day, it could have been so much more than a love story.

This entity, named simply 'A', wakes up one day as an asshole jock who just happens to have a sweet, beautiful girlfriend. A falls instantly in love with said girlfriend, and takes her on a fabulous, unforgettable journey to the beach.

And so begins their strange affair. As A wakes up the next day as a 16 year old girl, all she can think about is Rhiannon, the girlfriend from the day before. So, A begins to insert herself into Rhiannon's life. Every time she/he wakes up as a different person, she finds a way to get back to Rhiannon's life.

Eventually, A tells Rhiannon the incredible story of her so-called life. About waking up as a different person every goddamn day. And A explains the love she feels for Rhiannon, how she desperately needs to be part of Rhiannon's life. Of course, Rhiannon has a hard time believing such a crazy story. But she finally does accept it, as A turns up every day as a different teenager.

It really is a fascinating story, because every day, A has to find a way to get back to Rhiannon. And Every day, Rhiannon has to wrestle with the idea of loving an entity. Loving a soul, while trying to ignore the human package it's wrapped in.

It was kind of funny, when A turned up to see Rhiannon as a 300 pound fat-ass geek-boy. It was kind of hard for Rhiannon to see the soul of A, when she/he was wrapped up in such an unattractive package.

This story was an interesting study in sexuality, because A could wake up as a girl or a boy, and it never really mattered to he/she. A still wanted the same things. Still attracted to Rhiannon as much as the day before. Hell, they even kissed as both boy and girl.

One time, A woke up naked, in the arms of another girl. And it was beautiful. There was so much love, and nakedness, and sweet girl-on-girl action. I think I even got a mild chubby, reading that bit.

But, there was this whole sub-plot, where one boy that A inhabited actually woke up thinking he had been possessed by the devil. And, it got spread all over the internet, and the tabloids. THE DEVIL IS AMONG US! And there was this preacher who went on an on about the whole devil possession thing.

A goes to meet the preacher, and finds out that he's in fact the same type of entity. Or something. It didn't really make much sense. It was like the author had this idea, about the demon possession thing, and just forgot about it or something. Because that could have made this story much more than just a love story.

Because, A finds out that not only are there others out there just like her/him, but that it is actually possible to keep the body you woke up in, instead of switching to another at midnight. So, A could actually have a life together with Rhiannon.

But no. Instead, she runs away to another city, so she will never see Rhiannon again. Because she/he doesn't want to steal another person's life. I don't fucking get it. This whole goddamn story is about A trying to find a way to have a love life with Rhiannon. As soon as she discovers a way to make it happen, she just abandons it, and runs away.

What the actual FUCK? The ending just negates the whole fucking story. It's fucking bullshit. This whole time A is struggling to get together with Rhiannon. It's the love she/he's always wanted. And then, it's just ended? What a crying shame. ( )
  gecizzle | Mar 5, 2015 |
slightly redundant, but that is part of the point with A waking up in a different body every day and never the same body twice. of course this is fantasy, but I like that A "respects" the bodies he borrows and tries to keep true to the person. slightly disappointed by the ending because, as a romantic at heart, I was hoping for a different relationship between A and R. ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
I am going to be honest, in the beginning, I had a little trouble following this one. I mean, when life is changing so drastically every day, it can be hard to see how a story is going to "gel" together, but eventually, it did gel and it did flow and you could see how it was all connected. The main character is a nameless, faceless, genderless teenager. So in a way, it is possible for everyone to relate to A because A really is all of us.

This story tells of the journey to self discovery, to the tragic love story, and even included a set of circumstances that would appeal to anyone who is a fan of sci-fi/fantasy. This book has something for everyone.

Ever wondered what it would be like to just wake up one day and have different parents? Especially after you are mad at yours for not letting you do something? Then you should read this book! Ever wanted to be someone else just to see what it was like? Then you should read this book! Ever wanted to know what it really felt like to fall in love with someone you could never really have? Read the book.

Seriously, this one is a tough one to write spoiler free, so you really have to read it. Go ahead, I am sure the library has it. Go get it and read it. Then come back and tell me what you think so we can compare notes. Go Ahead, I will wait. ( )
  destinyisntfree | Feb 28, 2015 |
I am going to be honest, in the beginning, I had a little trouble following this one. I mean, when life is changing so drastically every day, it can be hard to see how a story is going to "gel" together, but eventually, it did gel and it did flow and you could see how it was all connected. The main character is a nameless, faceless, genderless teenager. So in a way, it is possible for everyone to relate to A because A really is all of us.

This story tells of the journey to self discovery, to the tragic love story, and even included a set of circumstances that would appeal to anyone who is a fan of sci-fi/fantasy. This book has something for everyone.

Ever wondered what it would be like to just wake up one day and have different parents? Especially after you are mad at yours for not letting you do something? Then you should read this book! Ever wanted to be someone else just to see what it was like? Then you should read this book! Ever wanted to know what it really felt like to fall in love with someone you could never really have? Read the book.

Seriously, this one is a tough one to write spoiler free, so you really have to read it. Go ahead, I am sure the library has it. Go get it and read it. Then come back and tell me what you think so we can compare notes. Go Ahead, I will wait. ( )
  destinyisntfree | Feb 28, 2015 |
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Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0307931889, Hardcover)

Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2012: Every Day is technically for young adults, but the premise of this unusual book goes much deeper. It asks a question that will resonate with the young and old alike: Can you truly love someone regardless of what they look like on the outside? The main character, A, wakes up every morning in a different body. Day to day, A can be male or female, any ethnicity, any size, and in any type of household. The only constant is that he (we'll go with that pronoun for convenience) is 16. A has been body jumping for as long as he can remember, and he has learned to not leave behind any trace of his presence--until he meets Rhiannon. For the first time in his life, A feels a true connection with another person. But can she love him back? Levithan handles their romance with great aplomb, building to a poignant and beautiful ending that took my breath away. --Caley Anderson

Amazon Exclusive: Day 5909, a Story by Author David Levithan

Every morning, [the book's main character] A wakes up in a different body and a different life. The novel Every Day starts on Day 5994 of A's life. For this story, I wanted to go back to a day in A's life before Every Day. Think of this as A recounting a few passing moments from his past.

--David Levithan

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An Essay from the Author: A Similar Kind of Love Song

Recently I was reading an interview in OUT magazine with Romy Madley Croft, the lead singer of the band the xx. Croft, talking about coming out, told the reporter, “If I was singing about a guy, I would probably be singing a similar kind of love song, really.” And I was struck that the same thing applied to my writing—especially with my new book, Every Day.

Every Day is about A, who wakes up each morning in a different body and a different life. It’s not giving anything away to say that in the first chapter, A falls in love with a girl name Rhiannon . . . and that their relationship is rather complicated.

So there I was—a gay man, writing from the point of view of a character who is neither gay or straight, male or female. A has no inherent race, no inherent religion. A has grown up without friends, without family. A is purely a self. Whereas I, in my culturally and societally constructed life, am not.

It should have been hard to write as A, but it wasn’t. Because I found that, no matter which body A was in, I was singing a similar kind of love song.

Ever since Boy Meets Boy, my first novel, was published, I’ve received thousands of letters and emails from readers. Some of the most interesting ones have been from people who were surprised that they, non-gay or non-male, identified so deeply with the love story. Love is love, more than one reader wrote to me. And I thought, yes, that’s it exactly. (I almost want to put it as a tip on my website, for all those students who write to me telling me their teacher has assigned them to identify the central theme in my work. Well, there it is. Love is love.)

In Every Day, I wanted to look at that theme from a variety of angles. I wanted to test that theme, and find its limitations. Where A starts in Every Day is where many of my other characters—my will grayson in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, for example—reach at the end of my other novels. That is, they recognize that in order to love and be loved, they must be true to themselves. A is always true in this way. Writing A made me realize that this is one of the more helpful questions you can ask about love—if I were truly myself, only myself, and not a gender, and not a sexual orientation, and not a race, and not any other external designation . . . what would I want? What would I do?

A gets to live this ideal. But Rhiannon, who doesn’t change bodies, is challenged to match it. This is the great conflict in the book, and informs one of the questions I posed to myself as I wrote it: Does love indeed conquer all? Or, in other words, does our world always allow love to be love?

Again, I come back to that phrase “a similar kind of love song.” I like that she doesn’t make them the same. I like that they’re similar. There are certainly different challenges, at some times, in some places, with a gay love story. I often try to illuminate that experience in my writing. But there are also the same universal emotions. Joy is joy. Fear is fear. Vulnerability is vulnerability. Just like music is music, writing is writing, and love is love.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:58:52 -0400)

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