Review: Every Day by David Levithan

Published: 2012
By: Listening Library
Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
Length: 8 hrs., 25 mins.
ISBN:  9780449015230

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I really hope I don’t butcher the book too much with this review, because it’s actually a book that is being used as part of grade 9 curriculum at my school. Anyway, moving forward!

How would you feel if every day of your life you woke up as a different person. Your thoughts are your own, but are forced to lead the life of the person you’re inhabiting. You have no personal connections that last longer than a day. You have the ability to experiment with something new almost every day. You will only inhabit the body of a person of the same age as you, but you don’t really know who you are or where you came from or why any of this has happened to you.

Every Day is a story just like that. The main character ‘A’ has been floating from body-to-body for the last 16 years, until one day they* inhabits the body of Justin. A passive-aggressive teen who doesn’t appreciate Rhiannon as much as he should, and ‘A’ can see it just in the time they spend together.

‘A’ falls madly in love with Rhiannon, and ultimately does what they weren’t supposed to do in the first place. Seek a personal connection. ‘A’ pulls a major no-no and lands in a spot of trouble with another body they inhabit. Nathan is out for blood, or at least an explanation after he had been left to wake up somewhere on the side of the road in his parents car, then also forced to have to deal with public scrutiny because he decided to claim: “The Devil made me do it.”

‘A’ is now dealing with their emotions for Rhiannon, and trying to run away from the other life that they hoped would fade in the distance. Realizing they may never have the life ‘A’ could ever imagine for the two of them.

This book has a few hints of excitement, and some things are annoyingly, puppy-love sweet. Also super disturbing. I enjoyed the story. It flowed well, and very few times was there a lull. It wasn’t ‘A’ that I was most interested in either, it was the lives ‘A’ was living. It’s true everybody’s story is different, and this novel can help a person realize just how different we all are.

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*I realize that personal gender pronouns are relatively important, and as I am trying to be as sensitive as possible in consideration of the book; from what I have, personally, taken away from the book is ‘A’ is pansexual (feel free to correct me!) and as such I feel comfortable considering ‘they‘ as the appropriate pronoun – if I am incorrect about any of this, please feel free to correct me.

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I'm a junior high librarian finding her way into the lives of her students through the art of literature.
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