My Thoughts: Every Day (David Levithan)
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
Published: August 28, 2012
I'm a huge fan of David Levithan's writing. I've loved every book I've read of his so far and Every Day was no exception.
Imagine, if you will, waking up every morning in a different body. Different house. Family. School. Friends. You could be rich, poor, healthy, sick. Tall, short, fat , skinny. Different problems, addictions. Boyfriend. Girlfriend. Boy. Girl. You never know what tomorrow will bring. All you know is that every day you will wake up to a new life.
In Every Day this is the life of the main character, who goes by A. A does not identify as male or female - but simply is. A has to be very careful to take care of whatever body is inhabited for the day and to not drastically upset the balance of their life. Because tomorrow they will return to themselves. So having sex when the person is a virgin or doing drugs when the person is in recovery or anything in general that would take away the person's choice would be morally wrong. One morning A wakes up in a new body like always, but this day makes A yearn for something that can never be. Because you see, relationships are impossible and obstacles are constant and uncontrolled when you are never the same person.
I LOVED this book. I was completely pulled under. There is an emotional depth to the main character, A, and the writing that makes this book stand out. I love that A is sexually ambiguous. David did a fantastic job of showing the difficulties and struggles one would face if they had such a life.
Reading Every Day, you realize very quickly that there can be no happy ending in a situation like this. And as awesome and alluring it may sound to wake up as someone else, you never know what demons they are battling.
"I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday."
"Some people think mental illness is a matter of mood, a matter of personality. They think depression is simply a form of being sad, that OCD is a form of being uptight. They think the soul is sick, not the body. It is, they believe, something that you have some choice over. I know how wrong that is."
Bottom Line: This book makes you FEEL. It makes you THINK. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 5/5