Every Day

by David Levithan

Random House Children's Books | August 28, 2012 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Every Day is rated 4.75 out of 5 by 8.

In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a "wise, wildly unique" love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life.

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.

With his new novel, David Levithan, bestselling co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

 

 

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: August 28, 2012

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307975630

ISBN - 13: 9780307975638

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memorable and Stunning and Just Brilliant I love David Levithan. Before this, i have read a lot of his books, and the ones he did with other authors. But this... this is a game changer. I am so impressed and stunned. Levithan crafted a wonderful, unique journey that is so completely different from any other. I feel like this book is where he matures and grows, because it is so much more deep and real and explores so many topics... it's fantastic. I'm not going to waste time and do a summary, because the official one is great as it is. I'm just going to cut right to it: Every Day is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Not just the plot, but everything. The concept is unique and the struggles and characters and whole plot can truly be life-changing. It's sad and heartbreaking and so impacting but so so so very beautiful. It's remarkable and emotional and stunning and breathtaking. But it is not perfect. For one, Rihannon does get on my nerves a little bit. Just, some things she'd say - although understandable (i guess) - seem annoying. Maybe it's the way its written, like the tone of voice she projects. But she is a good character and i see her heart and with everything she goes through and with all the confusing and conflicting thoughts she may have, it's great she is as great as a character as she is... if you get what i mean. As for "A", he is so... wow. (I am just going to referr to him as a "he" - "it" seems inhumane.) He's genuine and caring and you can see all of his thoughts, all of his emtoions and feelings and confusion clear as day. He's bright and just wants the best for everyone. But he can also have a slight attitude. Sometimes. But, really, after everything he's been through and goes through and finds out i'm surprised he's still sane. But he's selfless and kind and so much like a real person, his soul is so real, it hurts me. Every Day is very emotional and heartwrenching. The writing is surprub and the book itself is so touching... you feel everything. You experience everything, right alongside - as - A. It gets to you. At least, it got to me. It's almost disturbing, but it's genius. And it feels so real. All of it, everything, although a fiction concept the characters and their journey are so impacting it feels real. Not literally, but you know what i mean. The emotions and feelings and experiences - they are all real, they all happen outside of books. And this book is addicting. Seriously, i could not set it down. It's amazing. Yeah, there are minor flaws but overall, it is so gutwrenchingly fantastic. The ending made me sob so hard, for so many reasons... but the only one i'm going to tell you, the only one you need to know, is that it's beautiful.
Date published: 2013-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from profoundly moving What if every day you woke up in someone else’s body? You are you, but also them; you have access to their memories, but also retain your own. This is A’s predicament in David Levithan’s clever and emotionally resonant YA novel, Every Day. "I don’t know how this works. Or why. I stopped trying to figure it out a long time ago. I’m never going to figure it out, any more than a normal person will figure out his or her own existance. After a while, you have to be at peace with the fact that you simply are. There is no way to know why." Dispensing with the prickly question of how this works (or doesn’t) early on, Levithan dumps the reader into A’s life on Day 5994. He is 16. Today he is in Justin’s body. Justin’s not a particularly likeable guy and A figures that out pretty quickly. He admits: “I know I am not going to like today.” A’s ability to access information from each person he inhabits allows him to live each day with relative ease, plus he always has an escape hatch because he knows that he will wake up as someone else the next day. Even if he wakes up in the body of an idiot, he knows it’s not forever. Justin is a bit of an idiot and that wouldn’t be such a big deal if it weren’t for Rhiannon. She’s Justin’s girlfriend. "…there’s something about her – the cities on her shoes, the flash of bravery, the unnecessary sadness – that makes me want to know what the word will be when it stops being a sound. I have spent years meeting people without ever knowing them, and on this morning, in this place, with this girl, I feel the faintest pull of wanting to know. And in a moment of either weakness or bravery on my own part, I decide to follow it. I decide to find out more." Thus begins A’s relationship with Rhiannon. And as you might imagine, there’s nothing typical about it. There’s nothing typical about Every Day period. A has spent his entire existence trying to keep himself separate from the person whose body he inhabits. His feelings for Rhiannon complicate his life in ways too numerous to mention; suffice it to say that every day becomes a challenge to see her, but first he somehow has to convince her of the truth of his strange reality. In one sense, Every Day works as a terrific page-turner: will A and Rhiannon find a way to be together despite their terrific obstacles? After all one day A could be in the body of a hunky football player and the next he could be an overweight teenage girl. Will Rhiannon love him back despite his outward appearance? What is love anyway? But I think this novel also works hard to be something more and in that way I think it will probably speak to teenagers everywhere. It allows us to inhabit the bodies of confident, beautiful teens and also depressed teens who wish themselves harm. We hang with straight teens and gay teens, teens with parents who smother them and parents who trust them. Each scenario allows Levithan the opportunity to show the reader his tremendous capacity for empathy. And it also allows us to see A – despite his lack of corpreal form – as the embodiment of what it means to be human.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read! With a character named X who has no gender whatsoever. X 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 X. 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!
Date published: 2013-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely stunning! Every Day is a beautiful book. I love David Levithan’s books. Every one I’ve read has been brilliant. But this one is my favourite. Hands down. It is almost unfair how well David Levithan writes characters. There are dozens of characters in Every Day. Each day A inhabits a new teenager. Gay, straight. Fat, thin. Depressed, enthusiastic. Sports stars, homeschooled. And each one only gets about a chapter of our time. But each and every single one felt unique and authentic with hopes and dreams and fears. And yet A was equally independent and developed. Two characters in one, in many. It was kind of amazing. Originally I thought this was a story of true love but the more I read the more I realized it’s more a story of first love. A gets lost in the reckless free fall that is falling in love for the first time. What I think it kind of brilliant about Everyday is that we sympathize with him despite the fact that what he’s doing is manipulative and subjectively “wrong.” It’s even pointed out to us at multiple points by both A and Rhiannon that it’s wrong. That’s not up for debate. But being in love for the first time is such a rush of emotions we’ve never really experienced before. It doesn’t always allow us to think clearly. A big theme of this book is that even though love is powerful that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s powerful enough. I’ve included this book in YA Pride but it’s not really LGBTQ. But it kind of is. A always loves Rhiannon. No matter what body A is currently residing in. And we never get a clear idea of A’s own personal gender. But it doesn’t matter. He loves Rhiannon, and the physical just isn’t important. Every Day is about the power of love to see past the surface, but also the difficulties that kind of love presents. Love is not always the answer. What it comes down to is this – I loved this book because it showed how complicated things are. Sure there were times where things were easy or happy but it was never simple and it was never black and white. And because of that it felt so realistic despite it’s “out there” premise. Recommendation: An absolutely stunning book, with beautiful prose, which teaches the reader to always look beneath the surface and the complex beast that is love.
Date published: 2013-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant writing and a thought provoking story Pros: brilliant concept, brilliant writing, compelling characters, thought provoking / Cons: / For Parents: some sexual content, some swearing, very minor violence (two teens fight), mention of drug use / 'A' wakes up in a new body every day. The only similarities are the age of A's hosts and their relative proximity to A's previous host. A has come up with a guideline for his/her life: don't mess with the host's life. / When A wakes up in Justin's body and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon, his/her guideline changes to: spend as much time with Rhiannon as s/he can, often making his/her daily hosts act completely unlike themselves for one day. This starts to cause problems, both for them and for A. / But A no longer cares. All A wants is for Rhiannon to reciprocate his/her love. / This novel is brilliant. The writing is amazing, the premise is bizarre but handled brilliantly, the characters are interesting, both A and Rhiannon. Similarly A's host bodies are varied by gender, sexuality, race, religion, social class, size, etc. Some are drug addicts, some are nice, some are definitely not nice - to themselves or others. / The premise allows for a lot of interesting social and cultural issues to be brought up - how we see ourselves and how we judge others - making this a really thought provoking book. A's acceptance of everyone as they are, and his/her eventual judgements regarding them as s/he starts to see his/her hosts the way Rhiannon does, with her social conditioning, is fascinating. / It's a brilliant novel and even if you're not a fan of romances, it's worth the read.
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Every Single Word It was SO good. I did not want it to end. And when it ended, I wanted to start at the beginning again. I read it in one day! It was THAT good! I will read it again!
Date published: 2013-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique Memorable Read Aside from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, I’m embarrassed to say that this is my only other David Levithan book. It definitely won’t be my last. Everyday has a unique premise, A (who is genderless) is a seemingly lost soul that resides in someone different every day. It never knows who it will be next; the people it might meet or the situations it might have to survive. A meets Rhiannon and life as A had know it changes. A love story, complicated by the fact the his/her appearance is different every day. Can we love someone for only what's on the inside? Completely compelling and as I turned the last page I felt there had to be more, I wanted more. He’s writing a sequel right? I became so use to A’s voice, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. Days after reading I’m still thinking about it. Highly Recommended. For more reviews, book recommendations and insight into the world of books, visit me at www.lostinthelibrary.com
Date published: 2013-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable! Great imagination. Every day A wakes up in a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. But he is playing with fate with always trying to be with her.
Date published: 2012-06-24

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Every Day

by David Levithan

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: August 28, 2012

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307975630

ISBN - 13: 9780307975638

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In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a "wise, wildly unique" love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life.

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.

With his new novel, David Levithan, bestselling co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

 

 

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