Every Day by David LevithanEvery Day by David Levithan

Every Day

byDavid Levithan

Hardcover | January 8, 2014

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“[A] wise, wildly unique” (Entertainment Weekly) love story from the bestselling co-author of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and Will Grayson, Will Grayson about 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.

“A story that is always alluring, oftentimes humorous and much like love itself— splendorous.” —Los Angeles Times

DAVID LEVITHAN is a children's book editor in New York City, and the author of several books for young adults, including Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (co-authored with Rachel Cohn); Will Grayson, Will Grayson (co-authored with John Green); and Every You, Every Me (with photographs from Jonathan Farme...
Title:Every DayFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.49 × 6.39 × 1.15 inShipping dimensions:8.49 × 6.39 × 1.15 inPublished:January 8, 2014Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307931889

ISBN - 13:9780307931887


Rated 5 out of 5 by from An interesting read An interesting read that is different than most stories and has a good ending.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Interesting This book was very good, I couldn't put it down, since it has such a different story line from every other book I read.
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It Was Okay Once I saw the trailer for the movie, I knew I had to read the book. The idea of it is amazing, however I found that toward the end, it got somewhat repetitive and predictable.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not good... like at all So I actually picked up this book due to a friend's recommendation. Unfortunately, it didn't meet my expectations and instead failed them quite horribly. I have to admit that I was really excited to pick this up because there was also a movie coming out. I really wish I could've liked it but it was just not good at all. In the book, A is pinning for a girl named Rhiannon but excuse my french but she was an asshole. Rhiannon was more concerned about her well being than A's, who was, in fact, risking his/her life every single day to be with her. Also, I thought the plot was kind of repetitive and got really dull near the end. All in all, I really wish I had done some more research on the book before I had picked it up because it just wasn't worth my time. Even though I have it, I seriously doubt I'll be picking up the second book anytime soon... or ever.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why is everything by David Levithan so good?? I really liked this book and the existence of a genderfluid character such as A makes me happy
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre I purchased the book because I had heard that a film adaptation was coming and I was interested in it. I prefer to read the book before watching the novel but while reading this one, I found that I was really bored. I understand that A's existence is ephemeral and fleeting, but I just could not relate to any aspects of the novel. It wasnt until the final few days when A set Rhiannon up with the young man that he felt would treat her well that I felt some sort of emotion. Aside from that the story didnt resonate with me.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I really enjoyed this book, I thought the premise was intriguing and was all waiting to find out who A would wake up as next.
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book the book was great. it gave lots of different meanings to what love is.
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was a really cool read! This was such an interesting read. The concept of waking up in a different body every day is really cool. I really liked how each new body had new challenges to overcome. The ending made me a little sad; kind of reminded me of Stephen King's "The Mist". Both stories didn't have a concrete beginning or end and I don't see a lot of books with that. Definitely give this a read!
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! Genuinely enjoyed this book. I purchased it a few years back from the young adult section and have read it four or five times since then. Really interesting and original plotline.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed it! This book surprised me. It was thought provoking and had happy, funny and sad moments all wrapped up in a really interesting premise!
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking I love how this book takes you through the lives of those in all different societal classes, income levels, gender identities and sexual orientations, and races, while having the common factor of A, a spirit who doesn't have labels. Great book.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it I took up this book because I was intrigued by the concept after seeing the movie trailer. What I got was much deeper than what I expected and I am NOT disappointed. A lot of the introspection that A does throughout the book covers simple but important notions of acceptance, self-love, tolerance, and just enjoying each moment of our lives. The journey the characters go through is interesting. It was quite an easy read, and much more profound than I would have expected. I really liked it.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this book Great concept of a story and keeps you reading until the end. Can't wait for the film to come out.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely loved this book! This book is a page-turner. Every life is so unique and I feel that people forget this about others, That everyone is dealing with something. I absolutely loved getting immersed into the different lives each of the bodies live. There are times I just want to shake A for messing up people's lives but ultimately he's found someone who knows him and that's so special to him and therefore I can't totally hate him for it. I'd recommend this to anyone. The premise itself is something almost everyone has thought about at least once in one way or another. Wanting to be a different person, or have a different life, be popular, or we ask what's it like to be like this or have that? This book takes those questions and what ifs and delve deep.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Complicated emotions This book was very creatively written. There were so many people within this main character in the book, that readers could relate to at least one of the diverse collection of experiences/personalities within the book. A different kind of book, but one I was happy that I read. As well, this author is a great storyteller, that keeps things interesting and making the reader want to know more; to keep reading long after the book ends.
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Every Day Fascinating concept that played out well. I liked how A narrated the experience of waking up as a different person and meeting Rhiannon. The only part I disliked was that I felt the mysteries behind A's abilities seemed a bit forced and came out of nowhere.
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from fast read So I bought this book thinking it would be interesting especially with the movie out. I finished the book really fast within days and the cliffhanger killed. A part of me wanted more yet a part said no this is perfect. Not for someone who wants a happy ending to every book they read, but the concept for the book was excellent.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from that's it...? I often read teen fiction for an easy read, and this was no exception. I got into the story right away, and quickly read through it in just a few days. Each chapter left me wondering who A would be next, and hoping for a change in circumstance would occur (Some sort of cure? A way to stick around?). Without giving away too much, the ending left me unsatisfied. Still a great read!
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoughtful Concept The concept of the book really interested me. It had me thinking about gender as a construct. It was a quick, easy read and an excellent resource for a classroom. I recommend teachers use this in the classroom as a form of discussing gender and sexuality. Really good! Only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is due to the rushed ending.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick read! And loved! I found this book really hard to put down! It was a quick read and I found it was done really well!
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A quick, fun read An good idea, and it definitely kept me interested but it wasn't the best book I've read recently. It was written in the perspective of a 16 year old which is definitely a lot younger than me so that played a part. A good message throughout and I'll probably watch the movie next.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Captures the idea that beauty comes from within. I very much enjoyed this book, I very much enjoyed the meaning of the book. And for anyone interested, there is now a movie out that is based on this book!
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Concept The book is a very interesting thing that might be similar to 'How to Stop Time' but this book is more YA. I can appreciate the themes it explores in regards to homosexual and heterosexual attraction as well as the lack of gender being apart of one's identity and rather, identity being the main characteristic of a person. A short, quick read for a day!
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible A has made me fall in love with every word on the page<3
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Really good! This book was really interesting and you should definitely pick it up!
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super interesting read One of my favourite books, I've read it many times.
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good I liked it, but I didn't care much for the love aspect, but the supernatural of it was fun!
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome! I read this book in a day, it was awesome! I really liked that it was different than others and it has an important message in it.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This is a unique love story that is very addicting and I would 100% recommend this book
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not a typical corny love story To be honest, I absolutely hate love stories. I hate the corny lines and the cheesy gestures and everything typical love stories portray. I was taken aback by this book. I felt the pain and the happiness. It's not just a love story. It's more. Please please please give this a read. It's absolutely wonderful and I finished it in less than 8 hours. I couldn't stop myself.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Wonderful, wonderful book to read or use as a coaster
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I really enjoyed this book. The plot was just amazing but something felt missing for me. Still a great story
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Novel such an interesting plot and beautiful storyline. I abosolutely loved it :')
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from totally hooked on this book I saw this book as recommended by someone and I dont hesitate to bu it in Indigo. You will totally loved this and I bought the other book :-)
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea I was so intrigued by the premise of this novel and went into it with fairly high hopes. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. It is such a brilliant concept but I just felt that it's delivery didn't live up to it's potential. I couldn't connect to the characters and I wasn't a huge fan of where the storyline went. Ultimately, I didn't dislike it but I certainly didn't feel the magic that others did.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! I first read this book about 5 years ago and read it 4 times including once for a book report....definitely a book that you'll never get tired of reading.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've ever read! I've read this novel about 4 times over the years and it's never gotten old. It's an amazing book.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I loved the concept of this story! It was a enjoyable read
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! this book! this book! this book, you guys!!! I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did... but I effing loved it! the stories of all the different people A became were sooo interesting. so many different families and routines, different issues and backgrounds. And of course it was super interesting and exciting when A was "breaking the rules" and stuff! Man. What a great book! I'm super interested to read the companion from Rhiannon's point of view!
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing work done by the one and only!!! I borrowed the book from a friend in the 8th grade and it became one of my favourite books, I bought it a year later:)
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it I liked this novel although I don't buy into th eventual theme. the story is catchy and some readers will like it
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Great and quick read. Beautiful story
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Diappointing Being a big fan of David Levithan and his exquisite language, I had pretty high expectations of Every Day. Alas, I was really disappointed. He's going out of his way to convince us that gender and appearance (or having the same body every day) don't matter at all when it comes to true love - a premise that is hard to believe. And one that fails spectacularly and makes the whole story rather pointless. It's just too much to ask of a person, regardless of how madly you love them. And it could have been a great book.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful. Just randomly picked it up, and I didn't regret it. It was beautiful, yet sad.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book. A heart-aching story that is easy to read.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good! I loved the concept of this book. It was beautiful yet sad. I absolutely recommend it to anyone. Not your typical love story.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting A really interesting concept.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This book is heartbreaking and beautiful. I don't want to say anything else, just go read it now!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Everyday David Levithan tests the boundaries of writing. I cant wait to read "Another Day" In the other another charactors point of view
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from EH a lot of friends of mine highly praised this book so i figured i'd pick it up to see what all the hype was about. all i gotta say is meh :/ it was an okay book and i thoroughly enjoyed it. i especially loved all the characters and i found myself bawling on multiple occasions. BUT what really ruined this book for me was that ENDING, oh my i absolutely hated it .... overall a really enjoyable read :)
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SUCH A GREAT READ Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and very excited to ready more by David
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bizarre This book was so weird that I don't really know what to think, and so bittersweet and unsatisfying that I don't really want to think about it.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from BUY IT My friend recommended it to me. I liked it! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An unexpected favourite I did not think I would love this book, not even a little bit. But instead I fell for it, hard. So well written, A made me cry, and even more I read the book over again right after finishing it.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it This book is perfect for when you need an easy, enjoyable read. The premise is unique and the author has a way of making you care deeply for each character, though most of them are only present for one chapter each
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good I wish this book could have gone on and on. Great way to wrap the sotory up tho.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from lol what this book messed me up man. i enjoyed certain parts like how A could me anyone, a woman, a man, have any sexuality and be any colour. but man oh man, what was up with that ending?
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I really loved this book - it was so well written. So unique! I love the idea and concept of it. Explores the complexities of humans ...but that in the end, everyone is trying to survive with a need to connect with humans.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Really Interesting this book had a different feel to it than 'normal' books, which made it a rather interesting read.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book Amazing book i have been reading since i was 4 and started learning my letters, and now at 17 this is byfar one of the greatest books i have read
Date published: 2015-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read I found this book enjoyable to read for the most part and the idea behind it really thought provoking. I found myself a little bored with it about 3-4s of the way through, though and was relieved when it was over.
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing Premise As described - this novel plunges you into the true meaning of walking in another persons shoes. Fascinating to think about and well described. A fun novel to share with your YA and think about the possibilities.
Date published: 2015-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very intriguing An insight on life from a different perspective!
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyday What a fascinating read! What if you woke up in a different body everyday? What would you learn about others? What would you learn about yourself? I highly recommend this thought provoking book.
Date published: 2014-05-02
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 Cliffhanger This book is a pretty good read. I wonder what happened to Rhiannon after, I had so many questions in my mind after reading the book
Date published: 2013-11-01
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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Day 5994 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. The information is there. I wake up, open my eyes, understand that it is a new morning, a new place. The biography kicks in, a welcome gift from the not‑me part of the mind. Today I am Justin. Somehow I know this--my name is Justin--and at the same time I know that I’m not really Justin, I’m only borrowing his life for a day. I look around and know that this is his room. This is his home. The alarm will go off in seven minutes. I’m never the same person twice, but I’ve certainly been this type before. Clothes everywhere. Far more video games than books. Sleeps in his boxers. From the taste of his mouth, a smoker. But not so addicted that he needs one as soon as he wakes up. “Good morning, Justin,” I say. Checking out his voice. Low. The voice in my head is always different. Justin doesn’t take care of himself. His scalp itches. His eyes don’t want to open. He hasn’t gotten much sleep. Already I know I’m not going to like today. It’s hard being in the body of someone you don’t like, because you still have to respect it. I’ve harmed people’s lives in the past, and I’ve found that every time I slip up, it haunts me. So I try to be careful. From what I can tell, every person I inhabit is the same age as me. I don’t hop from being sixteen to being sixty. Right now, it’s only sixteen. 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 existence. After a while, you have to be at peace with the fact that you simply are. There is no way to know why. You can have theories, but there will never be proof. I can access facts, not feelings. I know this is Justin’s room, but I have no idea if he likes it or not. Does he want to kill his parents in the next room? Or would he be lost without his mother coming in to make sure he’s awake? It’s impossible to tell. It’s as if that part of me replaces the same part of whatever person I’m in. And while I’m glad to be thinking like myself, a hint every now and then of how the other person thinks would be helpful. We all contain mysteries, especially when seen from the inside. The alarm goes off. I reach for a shirt and some jeans, but something lets me see that it’s the same shirt he wore yesterday. I pick a different shirt. I take the clothes with me to the bathroom, dress after showering. His parents are in the kitchen now. They have no idea that anything is different. Sixteen years is a lot of time to practice. I don’t usually make mistakes. Not anymore. I read his parents easily: Justin doesn’t talk to them much in the morning, so I don’t have to talk to them. I have grown accustomed to sensing expectation in others, or the lack of it. I shovel down some cereal, leave the bowl in the sink without washing it, grab Justin’s keys and go. Yesterday I was a girl in a town I’d guess to be two hours away. The day before, I was a boy in a town three hours farther than that. I am already forgetting their details. I have to, or else I will never remember who I really am. Justin listens to loud and obnoxious music on a loud and obnoxious station where loud and obnoxious DJs make loud and obnoxious jokes as a way of getting through the morning. This is all I need to know about Justin, really. I access his memory to show me the way to school, which parking space to take, which locker to go to. The combination. The names of the people he knows in the halls. Sometimes I can’t go through these motions. I can’t bring myself to go to school, maneuver through the day. I’ll say I’m sick, stay in bed and read a few books. But even that gets tiresome after a while, and I find myself up for the challenge of a new school, new friends. For a day. As I take Justin’s books out of his locker, I can feel someone hovering on the periphery. I turn, and the girl standing there is transparent in her emotions--tentative and expectant, nervous and adoring. I don’t have to access Justin to know that this is his girlfriend. No one else would have this reaction to him, so unsteady in his presence. She’s pretty, but she doesn’t see it. She’s hiding behind her hair, happy to see me and unhappy to see me at the same time. Her name is Rhiannon. And for a moment--just the slightest beat--I think that, yes, this is the right name for her. I don’t know why. I don’t know her. But it feels right. This is not Justin’s thought. It’s mine. I try to ignore it. I’m not the person she wants to talk to. “Hey,” I say, keeping it casual. “Hey,” she murmurs back. She’s looking at the floor, at her inked‑in Converse. She’s drawn cities there, skylines around the soles. Something’s happened between her and Justin, and I don’t know what it is. It’s probably not something that Justin even recognized at the time. “Are you okay?” I ask. I see the surprise on her face, even as she tries to cover it. This is not something that Justin normally asks. And the strange thing is: I want to know the answer. The fact that he wouldn’t care makes me want it more. “Sure,” she says, not sounding sure at all. I find it hard to look at her. I know from experience that beneath every peripheral girl is a central truth. She’s hiding hers away, but at the same time she wants me to see it. That is, she wants Justin to see it. And it’s there, just out of my reach. A sound waiting to be a word. She is so lost in her sadness that she has no idea how visible it is. I think I understand her--for a moment, I presume to understand her--but then, from within this sadness, she surprises me with a brief flash of determination. Bravery, even. Shifting her gaze away from the floor, her eyes matching mine, she asks, “Are you mad at me?” I can’t think of any reason to be mad at her. If anything, I am mad at Justin, for making her feel so diminished. It’s there in her body language. When she is around him, she makes herself small.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal Best of Children's Books 2012Kirkus Reviews Best of Teen's Books 2012Booklist Best of Children's Books 2012"Fresh, unique, funny, and achingly honest, Levithan brilliantly explores the adolescent conundrum of not feeling like oneself, and not knowing where one belongs. I didn't just read this book — I inhaled it."  —Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of Lone Wolf and Between the LinesEntertainment Weekly, August 22, 2012:"Rich in wisdom and wit...Levithan keeps the pages turning not only with ingenious twists on his central conceit but with A's hard-earned pieces of wisdom about identity, isolation, and love. Every Day has the power to teach a bully empathy by answering an essential question: What's it like to be you and not me — even if it's just for one day?"New York Times Book Review, August 26, 2012:"It demonstrates Levithan's talent for empathy, which is paired in the best parts of the book with a persuasive optimism about the odds for happiness and for true love."Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2012:"It's the rare book that challenges gender presumptions in a way that's as entertaining as it is unexpected and, perhaps most important, that's relatable to teens who may not think they need sensitivity training when it comes to sexual orientation and the nature of true love. ‘Every Day' is precisely such a book...A story that is always alluring, oftentimes humorous and much like love itself — splendorous." MTV Hollywood Crush, September 28, 2012:"Thoughtful and fascinating...A study in the most real and human of concerns: the importance of empathy, the value of friends and family, and the beauty of permanence that we have the luxury of taking for granted."Boston Globe, September 15, 2012:"Ambitious and provocative...we’re not ready to let A go."OUT Magazine, December 2012:"One of the most inventive young adult novels of the year." Romantic Times, October 2012:"Levithan is a literary genius. His style of writing is brilliant — practically flawless... Reading A’s journey to make love last, in a world that is always changing, is an experience I hope everyone gets to share."Starred Review, School Library Journal, September 2012:"Every step of the narrative feels real and will elicit a strong emotional response from readers and offer them plenty of fodder for speculation, especially regarding the nature of love.”Starred Review, Booklist, July 1, 2012:“Levithan has created an irresistible premise that is sure to captivate readers….[Every Day] is a study in style, an exercise in imagination, and an opportunity for readers themselves to occupy another life: that of A, himself.”Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2012:“An awe-inspiring, thought-provoking reminder that love reaches beyond physical appearances or gender.”Starred Review, Shelf Awareness, September 7, 2012:"Levithan's unusual love story will make teens think about how the core of the soul never changes. A speaks of faith, love, dreams and death with a wisdom derived from thousands of lives visited over 16 years and firsthand proof of how much humans share rather than what sets them apart."The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, September 2012:"This unconventional romance considers some fascinating and unexpected questions about the nature of identity, consciousness, love, and gender...Readers will identify with A’s profound longing for connection, but they’ll also be intrigued by the butterfly effect A’s presence may have on numerous other teens who make brief but memorable appearances."The Horn Book, November 2012:"Brilliantly conceived...[Levithan] shapes the narrative into a profound exploration of what it means to love someone."Letter Blocks, the BN Parents & Educators blog, August 23, 2012:"A definite crowd-pleaser."The L Magazine, August 29, 2012:"The premise allows for stimulating parallels: A’s experience is both like the writer’s, who inhabits the consciousnesses of random characters, and the adolescent’s, who tries on myriad identities."