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Every Day

by David Levithan

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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 |
What would it be like to wake up in a new and different body each day, occupying someone else's life for exactly 24 hours before starting all over again the next day? This is the story of "A," who has never had a body of his/her own and therefore has no innate gender. It is a challenge each morning to discover who and where he/she is and attempt to seamlessly play the part of the hijacked individual without causing suspicion or, worse, disruption. As one might expect, A intentionally avoids getting emotionally attached or entangled to family or friends -- after all, the next day the cast of characters will be completely different. Until one day...

I appreciated the novel concept of this book and had a hard time putting it down. I enjoyed mentally philosophizing about the protagonist's lack of gender in a world where the first thing we demand to know about a newborn is whether it's female or male. I wondered continuously throughout how the author could possibly achieve the impossible task of delivering a satisfying ending to so hopeless-seeming a situation, but at the same time hoped he actually could pull it off. Alas, despite the brilliance of the body of the tale, I was disappointed and unsatisfied upon reading the last page, and left uttering an unimpressed, "Huh." ( )
  ryner | Feb 2, 2015 |
A is a human without a body, who switches to a different body every day, experiencing for that one day what it is like to be that person, living that life, engaging with that person's friends, family, and girlfriend or boyfriend. With each new day A's goal is to disrupt the new body's life as little as possible, until the day A falls in love, struggling to find a way to make it work while still trying to follow his/her (A does not identify with either gender, equally comfortable as either boy or girl) moral code. The narrator does a great job of modulating her voice to fit either gender, while keeping A's voice gender neutral. The "day in the life" descriptions of so many very different teens (A is now sixteen and only inhabits bodies the same age) - homosexual, heterosexual, transgender, obese, drug addicted, suffering from depression, or just down right mean, the list goes on - is fascinating, as is the thought of trying to deal with a life of impermanence and constant change. Do we truly love for what is on the inside, or does physical appearance matter more than we would want to admit? I think this would be a great book club choice, hopefully inspiring some really interesting discussions! ( )
  michellebarton | Jan 10, 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

Download the short story [PDF]

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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