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Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day

by David Levithan

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  Lorem | Oct 2, 2015 |
As I seem to say for almost every book that I have picked up this year: I really thought that I was going to like this book more than I did. I am having some seriously bad reading luck this year. I was hoping that Every Day would break that slump, because nearly everyone I know who has read the book has enjoyed the book immensely. So I figured that I would enjoy it as well, too? Right?


At first, the book doesn't start out too badly. A, the main character, wakes up every morning in a new body. This has been happening as long as A can remember. A never inhabits the same body twice and is often a few hours away from his previous day's body the next day. This, of course, makes it nearly impossible for A to form any attachments to anyone...that is, until A meets Rhiannon, the girlfriend of Justin, a body A is inhabiting. A falls in love with her - and, really, one can't define that as anything but instalove - and then tries desperately to show Rhiannon who A is and to have a relationship with her.

The book is well-written, I must say, although the book comes across as incredibly preachy at times. Diversity is good and A doesn't identify as any specific gender. That's cool. And it's also cool that A is incredibly kind and understanding about every body A inhabits, from those who are queer to those with mental illness to those who have done some horrible things.

And then we get to day 6025, when A inhabits the body of Finn, a three hundred pound young man. And A's kindness, tolerance, and understanding goes out the window. A, who showed compassion to EVERY FREAKING OTHER PERSON A INHABITED IN THE ENTIRE BOOK, loses all of that when it comes to Finn. A calls Finn the "emotional equivalent of a burp." A doesn't want Rhiannon to see A in Finn's body, because Finn is sweaty and gross. And although A talks about the disgust that others feel towards Finn's obesity, A shares it - A is profoundly relieved to be "normal sized" the next day. A showed more compassion to the girl who killed her brother while driving drunk than the fat kid. Seriously. Apparently every single person deserves compassion, kindness, and understanding...unless they are fat. Then they're gross and need a traumatic memory implanted in their head to make them stop eating so much (A considers doing this, even though A has taken great pains not to interfere in others' lives, to the point that A finds out that a girl he is inhabiting plans to kill herself in six days, and A is going to just do nothing until Rhiannon convinces A to do something. But, hey, that girl was thin! So her life is worth saving! Fuck the fat kid, though.) To say that this made me rage is an understatement, and that chapter seriously ruined the entire book for me.

And once that happened, all of the other problems that I had been willing to put aside came to the surface.

Logically, the rules governing A's existence make little to no sense. A is tethered to a geographical area and can only end up somewhere new if A's host body travels there. And as A can never inhabit the same body more than once, and A only inhabits those who are around A's own age, this gives A fewer and fewer possibilities. What if A's host travels to North Dakota or Alaska? What if A runs out of possibilities? Why is A seemingly caught in the meaningless, man-made distinction of state boundaries (A is currently in Maryland but never inhabits a body in any of the very close-by adjacent states)?

But don't worry, things change at the drop of the hat for convenience! A goes from not knowing what a host body remembers the next day to being able to perfectly craft memories for the host body at the drop of a hat, with no trial and error!

I also didn't find the "love story" very compelling. A goes from trying not to disrupt A's hosts' lives as much as possible to doing incredibly reckless and stupid things with the host bodies, all so A can see Rhiannon. The hosts skip school, get in trouble with their parents, get grounded, miss flights to their sister's wedding in Hawaii - all in the name of A being able to be around Rhiannon. I don't find this romantic at all, and the whole "love story" gave me the skeeves a little - A often just shows up at Rhiannon's school to watch her. Oooh, yeah, stalking is so sexy. Not.

Rhiannon often gets cast in a less-than-favorable light because she is more attracted to A when A is in certain bodies than others. I feel that this is unfair. A can be all preachy as hell as much as A wants, but in the end, it seems that Rhiannon is attracted to a certain type of person - a male person. And that is her right. She doesn't HAVE to be pansexual - isn't that the whole point of sexual identity, that it ISN'T a choice? It's not Rhiannon is CHOOSING to be straight - she IS straight. And it doesn't mean that she doesn't love A (which is what the general tone seems to be, because she's only attracted to certain bodies A inhabits). And it doesn't mean that she's being shallow, which I think is entirely unfair to her character. And I say all of this as a queer person myself. Honestly, I felt rather bad for the character of Rhiannon, because she's being set up to contrast A's acceptance of everyone (except fat people, who should never, ever be accepted or treated like they could be attractive AT ALL).

And then the ending. A realizes that A can't stay - there is someone out for A - so A "sets up" Rhiannon with the host A is inhabiting, Alexander. A thinks that Alexander would be good for Rhiannon, so A MAKES Alexander like her. Fucking what. Apparently Rhiannon can't ever be alone, so A just finds some replacement for A and figures that Rhiannon will like that. And she does. What the fucking hell. This is like the worst ending I could possibly think of for this book. Is the author just trolling us here?

I just can't. I'm done. I don't know if I will ever pick up another book by this author (and he writes queer books, so I'm super disappointed in that) because this book has just soured me, possibly beyond repair, when it comes to David Levithan and his writing. Blech. ( )
  schatzi | Aug 12, 2015 |
The narrator/protagonist is a spirit that moves from body to body every day. This science fiction/fantasy concept allow the author to ponder sex/gender issues as the teen age protagonist lives quite a few lives and provides many different homes and lives from the fictional internal observer's point of view. We see the protagonist fight to maintain a relationship for the first time over multiple days with a teen age girl. Although the protagonist has no particular gender preference I found myself thinking of the protagonist as male heterosexual but the author does an interesting job of maintaining the character. I was happily surprised to find this was the first of a series. The character has an interesting path ahead. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
Recommended by Tawnya
This is one I want to read.
Sophia loved it last year.
Not for elementary school.
  RhondaHoward | Jul 22, 2015 |
Every Day the main character of this book wakes up in a new body and lives as this person as a day. In one particular body, he meets a girl and falls in love and tries to find a way for them to be together even though the main character will never be in the same body but is the same spirit. The author flawlessly creates a world where the body snatching occurs and it makes the reader feel like it could actually happen. Throughout the book you are antsy to find out if the main character and the girl he falls in love with can be together. I highly recommend this to anyone older than fourteen. ( )
  nickycook7 | Jul 21, 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 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.

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