I wake up.
Immediately, I have to figure out who I am. It’s not just the body – opening my eyes and discovering whether the skin on my arm is light or dark, whether my hair is long or short, whether I’m fat or thin, boy or girl, scarred or smooth. The body is the easiest thing to adjust to, if you’re used to waking up in a new one each morning. It’s the life, the context of the body, that can be hard to grasp.
Every day I am someone else. I am myself – I know I am myself – but I am also someone else.
It has always been like this.
Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Number of Pages: 384
Publishing Date: Aug. 28th, 2012
I’m pretty sure that I can say that Every Day is one of the most unique novels that I’ve ever read. This book follows a person named A who wakes up every day in the body of a different person and is never the same person twice. After meeting a girl named Rhiannon and developing a really strong connection to her, A can’t stop thinking about her and falls in love with her. The plot of the book really takes off from there and I was so captured by this story that I could rarely ever set this novel down. The diversity that this book held was quite refreshing and this was one of those books that had a deep impact on me.
The rest of this review is spoiler-free.
I feel like I’m going to keep saying this, but honestly this plot is so unique. My favorite part of this book was the anticipation that I would feel as I wondered who A would be the next day and I think that the author did a tremendous job with making every person that A was dramatically different and diverse. I think that, while A’s relationship with Rhiannon was obviously one of the main plot points within the book, the insta-love that occurred discouraged me just a bit. I’m not that picky when it comes to insta-love, but I really wish that this novel had some seperate plot points that deflated the romance within the story. With that being said, I think that the actual way that A fell in love was so well written. There were quite a few quotes and paragraphs within this novel that I had to re-read a few times because they were so beautifully described.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.”
The main flaw that I found within this novel was the ending. I’ve read some reviews about this book and I’ve noticed that the ending is very hit-and-miss with other readers. I find it very hard to decide how I feel about the ending because although I didn’t exactly love it, I thought that it was really realistic and it left me wanting more of A’s story.
When I first started reading this novel, I was a bit worried that A’s character would basically morph throughout every chapter due to A being a different person every day. Oh, how wrong I was. It was amazing reading from A’s perspective. The personality of this character never changed, however, this character learned to adjust to each and every person that they were and it was really brilliant how the author executed this. I think it was particularly interesting how A’s character really developed as the novel progressed and it was just so well done.
I had mixed feelings about Rhiannon’s character at first, but she eventually grew on me as the novel went on. I think that her character was so realistic and relatable and there would be these times where she would honestly annoy me so much but then it would make total sense as to why she would act how she did and, GAH, David Levithan did such a great job with both of these characters.
David Levithan has such an easy-to-read type of writing style. I read through this novel very quickly and, aside from the fact that I couldn’t stop thinking about the story, I think that his type of writing allowed me to really encompass myself within the plot.
Overall, I think that this book was diverse, unique, and so interesting. The characters felt very real and as soon as I finished reading this novel I found myself wanting to see where the story went next. My only critiques would be in regards to the insta-love and the ending, but, when setting those elements aside, this was definitely an amazing book.
So, have you read Every Day? What did you think about it? Comment below!