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Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day (edition 2012)

by David Levithan

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Title:Every Day
Authors:David Levithan
Info:Knopf Books for Young Readers (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 336 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:paranormal, love, switching bodies

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Really enjoyed this book, great characters and interesting concept. Loved the writing style too. ( )
  ladykat | May 15, 2017 |
** spoiler alert ** So this book wasn't exactly what I had expected, based on what little I know of David Levithan's work. It wasn't super as gay as I was hoping, given that that is why I read it in the first place, and honestly A's pursuit of Rhiannon struck me as more creepy than lovely? For all that we read that A didn't disrupt the lives of those they visited/lived in, there was an awful lot of disrupting, and I really was left being like "okay maybe don't?" And as much as I appreciated the trans chapter, 1) it was 1000% written by a cis person and the parts where A was like "it's so hard and so brave to live this way" made me SUPER uncomfortable, and 2) Rhiannon misgendered that person and A didn't really correct her and it was also pretty gross? Which doesn't even touch on the fucking TERRIBLE fatshaming that happened in that chapter. It was super gross and made me really uncomfortable.

I think, ultimately, this book was kind of a letdown for a lot of reasons. It was nicely written--there were some really beautiful parts, but I think it could have been a much better book had it not actually been about a romance? I don't know, because I realize that would cut the heart out of the book, but there were so many things about it that made me uncomfortable, despite a nifty concept. ( )
  aijmiller | Apr 24, 2017 |

Amazingly interesting work.

Read the back for a summary.

My first reaction was complete love with the work and with A's life. By midway through, I was annoyed with A. He was selfishly hurting others and R. Eventually, as in all good young adult novels, he figured out what to do.

The best part of the book? All the different lives!! All the different teenagers! A mean girl, transgender girl, a loser boyfriend, a sheltered homeschooled kid, two burly football players, gay kids, straight kids, depressed kids, perfect kids, and hurting kids.

A redeemed himself (?) by the end. Interesting. ( )
  laura.w.douglas | Mar 9, 2017 |
I got this as an ARC was ecstatic to get to be one of the first to read it. What an amazing concept! I was hooked all the way through. I so hope their will be a sequel. ( )
  annabw | Feb 21, 2017 |
Let's just say, that when people ask me what my favourite book is, my thoughts often land on this beautiful gem of a book.
This book is all about perspective, and what got me the most about this book was how unique it was, and how much of a beautiful person A is, how much they really understand the world.
This book is a beautiful tale that is the exact definition of what love should be. Boundless, not based on appearance at all, when you love someone so much that you want them to be free. I will never stop being absolutely in love with this book, and it will forever be my favourite.
This is the book I had to put down multiple times, but not for the reasons you might expect.
I had to put it down so often because I had to keep pausing for a moment and really think about what this book was telling me
This book didn't just touch my soul, it wrapped itself around my soul and never let go.
Please read this book, if you haven't already, and I promise that you won't regret it.
Also, side note, this is probably the book with the most beautiful quotes you could ever find in one place.

“If you stare at the center of the universe, there is coldness there. A blankness. Ultimately, the universe doesn't care about us. Time doesn't care about us. That's why we have to care about each other.” ( )
  QuazzyDucks | Feb 12, 2017 |
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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.

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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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