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Review: ‘Every Day’ by David Levithan

Review: ‘Every Day’ by David LevithanEvery Day by David Levithan
Series: Every Day #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on August 28th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Magical Realism, Young Adult
Pages: 322
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought in-store
Goodreads
four-stars
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

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review

With a character named A who has no gender whatsoever. A doesn’t know how it happens and doesn’t know why things happen but it claims only his self. Every day he inhabits a different body, a different life. And out of the blue, he falls in love with the girlfriend of one of the souls he’s taken over. His life is never the same again because as we all know love is complicated and timeless.

This book is written very well. Straight to the point with tons of quotes that I marked in this review. It starts off beautifully. David writes with a clearly skilled hand and an originally idea that makes his writing one to watch. He writes with abandon and I can’t help but feel his published works are written with experience.

I loved the simplicity and the depth of emotion the characters feel on a day to day basis. Ultimately I also had such love for A. I almost pitied the poor character because all it wanted was love.

The one thing I had a problem with was that it was one sided. I would have loved to read from Rhiannon’s point of view. There was so many things we could have learned from the characters that I only wished it was written in dual perspectives.

A great read and I’m sure this book won’t be my last David Levithan book!


quotes

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 of the time, okay is enough.
The moment you feel in love feels like it has centuries behind it, generations—all of them rearranging themselves so that this precise, remarkable intersection could happen. In your heart, in your bones, no matter how silly you know it is, you feel that everything has been leading to this, all the secret arrows were pointing here, the universe and time itself crafted this long ago, and you are just now realizing it, you are just now arriving at the place you were always meant to be.
It’s one thing to fall in love. It’s another to feel someone else falling in love with you, and to feel a responsibility toward that love.
Kindness connects to who you are, while niceness connects to how you want to be seen.
I am always amazed by people who know something is wrong but still insist on ignoring it, as if that will somehow make it go away. They spare themselves the confrontation, but end up boiling in resentment anyway.
I am always happiest when I am just attractive enough. Meaning: I make a positive impression. Meaning: my life is not defined by my attractiveness, because that brings its own perils as well as its own rewards.
If your beauty is unquestioned, so many other things can go unquestioned as well.
But do you know what happens to girls who love lost boys? They become lost themselves. Without fail.
Not getting what you want makes you cruel.
You have to shape the pieces on each end before they go perfectly together.

rating

4/5

four-stars

11 Comments

  1. GoGeek

    September 27, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Have had this on my TBR for ages, have heard nothing but good things and just haven’t got round to it yet. Will get to it soon i swear I will. Great review!!

  2. Jaime Lynn

    September 23, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    I know this is gonna be so different from most, but I didn’t like this book. At all. It made me angry sometimes, and other times I was very indifferent to it. I hate it that I am one of the few who disliked it, but I just couldn’t make myself like it. I did try.

    • Anonymous

      January 7, 2016 at 1:02 AM

      burn

  3. Faraziyya

    September 16, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    i’ve read this book too and liked it,
    and just like you, when i’ve finished this, it feels like i need more of David Levithan’s pieces
    but i got stuck when i read ‘How they Met and other stories’ that’s also from him. the LGBT issue there, it’s just not my cup of tea.
    any recomendation, other titles from him?

  4. florryalyna

    September 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Reading your review I realized how much I want to read a good book with many quotes and such a main character who has no gender.

  5. Court

    September 13, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Okay, this sounds awesome. Adding to the TBR immediately.

  6. Christa

    September 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    I love that Levithan can get you totally invested in a character’s life after just one chapter. And then do it all over again the next chapter. Great review!

    • Giselle

      September 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      He has the best quotes ever!

      • Christa

        September 11, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Agreed! This review could have easily been just quotes 🙂

  7. Hazel @ staybookish

    September 9, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Lovely review! I’m a huge fan of David Levithan and I really loved this one- the writing was just so beautiful. I do agree with you though, it would have been interesting to see things from Rhiannon’s point of view as well. 🙂

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