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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Every Day by David Levithan

Every day, A wakes up in a new body. One day A may be a beautiful, popular straight girl; the next day A is a grungy metalhead quiet boy. A is always 16, but A is never the same person twice. A has become accustomed to this lifestyle and has never known anything else and that is ok with A.

Until A meets Rhiannon. One day, A wakes up as Justin, Rhiannon's boyfriend. It's just another day for A until he gets to school and meets Rhiannon and falls in love. The problems: A will be a different person the next day; Rhiannon thinks she's spending the day with Justin; even if A could and did try to date Rhiannon, she's in a long-term relationship with Justin.

What follows is a sometimes funny, sometimes heartrending, and often awkward courtship/friendship between Rhiannon and A.

I loved this book! David Levithan really makes the reader think: how would a relationship work with so much uncertainty day to day? If you weren't sure who you'd be the next day, is it fair of you to ask another person to love you? What if you woke up a drug addict, or with really, really bad acne?

What would it be like to make connections based completely on how much you like person, regardless of gender? A never knows what gender they will be until he/she wakes up, or what sexuality they will exhibit that day. Having lived their entire life body-hopping, A can't even be certain if they have a gender themself!

What important parts of life would you miss out on when you wake up in a different life every day? You wouldn't have an ancestry, a history, or close relationships. You wouldn't have your own bedroom, decorated the way you like; you wouldn't have your own clothes, such as a t-shirt from your first concert or a favorite pair of Converses.

Now for a momentary gripe: there are two characters introduced in Every Day that make absolutely no sense. An entire side story that goes nowhere and is, in my opinion, unnecessary. I think this book would have been better leaving the focus entirely on A and Rhiannon.

Back to positive: I loved, loved, loved this book and that includes the ending! A lot of times when I love a book and it's characters I get upset at the end, mostly because I simply don't want it to end. Well, David Levithan did such a great job with the ending to Every Day! Even the pace of the ending was great: not too fast, not too slow.

I give this book two enthusiastic thumbs up. :)  (And!  There's a sequel that just came out Tuesday!)

Marie

Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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  1. Oh, this premise sounds so good. I'll have to check it out.

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  2. Strange, yet it sounds like a book that really makes you stop and think.
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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  3. This seems like something I would definitely like to read. Added to my TBR! Thanks!

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