Review: Every Day by David Levithan

Source: Purchased with Buzz Bucks from Random Buzzers
Edition: ARC, 324 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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Rating: 5/5

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.

Every Day is one of those rare books that managed to work its way into my heart and a permanent place in my thoughts. I don’t get overly emotional when reading but this book really pulled on my heartstrings.

Our main character, A, is a bit different. A doesn’t have a body, so every day he/she inhabits a different body of the same age and lives a different life. For my fingers sake I’m going to simply address A as ‘he’ from now on. He never gets to stick around for longer than a day and so A is very careful to make sure that the person’s life isn’t affected by his presence. That is until he meets Rhiannon and falls for her, and so we are treated to a story that takes us on a journey of two people trying to find love in a very difficult place.

The most beautiful thing about this story is the level acceptance and experience by A. There are so many characters in this that we only meet for a few pages but they have depth, histories, and lives; for a brief moment we get to see a glimpse and their stories drew me in just as much as A’s.

The relationship between A and Rhiannon is a learning experience for both of them. A has never truly had a real relationship and he’s experiencing something that he’s truly never felt before. It initially starts with a bit of insta-love on A’s part and while this would normally bother me, it works for this character. He is capable of seeing more in a person in one day than most other people, but at the same time he has so much to learn about her. I love seeing how Rhiannon deals with the whole situation and I felt that every reaction she made proved that she was a good person and more importantly each decision seemed entirely human.

I wasn’t sure that I wasn’t going to enjoy this one, despite the glowing reviews and all the people who are Levithan fans. I’m new to books like this, because even though it’s fantasy it’s also very contemporary. However now I’m firmly standing next to those people who told me is was worth reading. I’m definitely going to read more from Levithan in the future.

5 stars

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15 Responses to Review: Every Day by David Levithan

  1. YES! This is seriously one of my favorite books. I was a blubberig mess by the time I finished it. I can’t wait for David’s net book Invisibility to come out net week.

  2. On my wishlist. I’m the opposite to you, I love contemporary but fairly newish to fantasy. Sounds like a good mix.

  3. wow- great review. I just wrote down the name of this- going on my request list- thanks

  4. What an interesting premise, I need to look into reading this one!

  5. I have heard great things about this one and glad to hear even more. the emotions and main character sound like it would be my kind of thing

  6. I’ve been avoiding this one for ages but you made it sound like it’s such a great read. Awesome review Michelle 🙂 I think I might just have to add this to the summer reading pile.
    Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  7. I’ve heard a couple of mixed things about this book, but it has always caught my eye! I have yet to decide if I want to read it or not. Great review! So glad you loved it 🙂

    Janina @ Synchonized Reading

  8. Jen (NY) says:

    LOVED this one so much. A really beautiful story!

  9. kimbacaffeinate says:

    Oh happy dance…i loved this book too, it made my top ten list and I adore David’s writing style!

  10. I have heard so much wonderful feedback about this book! Why.. why have I not read it yet!?!

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