Every Day Paperback – 29 Aug 2013
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‘Fresh, unique, funny, and achingly honest . . . I didn't just read this book ― I inhaled it.’ Author Jodi Picoult
‘Rich in wisdom and wit.’ Entertainment Weekly
‘An awe-inspiring, thought-provoking reminder that love reaches beyond physical appearances or gender.’ Kirkus, starred review
About the Author
David Levithan won the Lambda Literary Award for his debut novel Boy Meets Boy, but is probably best known for his collaborations with John Green (Will Grayson, Will Grayson) and Rachel Cohn (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which was also made into a movie).
As well as being a New York Times best-selling author, David is also a highly respected children’s book editor, whose list includes many luminaries of children’s literature, including Garth Nix, Libba Bray and Suzanne Collins. He lives and works in New York.
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Talking about A is difficult, because A doesn't have a gender, or a body. I wouldn't define A as a spirit, or a soul, but as a personality. A sweet, kind personality who does their best in a situation that's completely unimaginable - waking up in a different body every single day from birth. A respects each inhabited body by only accessing the parts of their memories and brains that allow A to function through a day as that person, to know who their parents and friends are, where to go and how to behave in a way that minimises the chances of anyone realising something is wrong.
In the beginning I didn't really 'get' why A was so attracted to Rhiannon, but as the story continued I began to really understand what was happening - after spending a lifetime with no particular attachment to anyone, A experiences an instant attraction, and not having had that experience before, does what most people do - becomes slightly obsessed with the person they have sparked with. And as the story progressed, I grew to like Rhiannon, and honestly felt quite sad for her.Read more ›
I've not been so compelled to finish a book for some time. A truly unique idea (that requires some suspension of disbelief) and a growing love story that (maybe occasionally over the top) is sweet, honest and emotive.
'A' has spent his whole life in the strange situation of moving around from body to body every day. Each morning he awakes in a new bed. With different parents, a different face in the mirror. For one day. Then he moves on. Only into bodies of the same age. It's fascinating. It's never explained how or why.
We never even come to know if A is a boy or girl. At 16, A finds a connection with a girlfriend of his occupied body and from then on tries to see her each day, wherever and whoever he wakes up as. Can they connect? Can it work?
With unanswered questions I wondered if the book would frustrate me but not at all. I loved it. The insights A gives into becoming a blind person, an illegal immigrant, an addict, a geek, it's all pitched perfectly. As is the ending.
A wonderful read with much to chew over afterwards.
There were really three things going on here. One was a sort of paranormal story, where you just enjoyed and wondered at the strangeness of A's life. I loved reading about their experiences. I'd have liked to see more explanation, more mind-bending weirdness and more attempts to bend the rules, but fundamentally, that wasn't what the author was going for.
The second aspect was a very strange love story. One day, A is in the body of a rather unpleasant boy and falls in love with his girlfriend. A then keeps trying to met her in different guises, before telling her the truth, after which they try to make their very unconventional relationship work. The concept of the romance was intriguing, but the actual relationship just didn't quite grab me. The first chapter, where the two of them meet, was super cheesy and one of the worst examples of "insta-love" I've every come across. I often don't mind that, but it jarred me here. Why this girl? There just didn't seem to be anything special about her - if anything, she seemed very ground down and unambitious.Read more ›
A unique storyline, very well crafted. There were some very interesting concepts to mull over such as the fundamental likeness of every single person. Although occassionally it sounded a little preachy and forced, I was also very pleased to see A calling out homophobia and transphobia. Its also very rare for a book to hit on depression and drug abuse from the perspective of the sufferer, without being dramatic or self-indulgent. I really appreciated the role of Kelsea and the effect her mental illness had on her life.
The story was very compelling and had me really rooting for and feeling sorry for A. In a way I'm glad it wasn't a happy ending as I find happy endings to be trite and unrealistic, but I was also really hoping it would all work out for A.
A and Rihannon fell in love in a matter of meetings. I appreciated the idea of falling for the "inside" of someone, but on that very basis, A would have had to have known Rihannon far better/met her far more to get a real understanding of her "inside" to fall in love with her. Additionally, a lot of the the dialogue was unrealistic... It is a common literary mistake to make teenagers talk in poetry at the loss of realism. On the other hand, Levithan has an incredible way with words that lead to some truly beautiful sentences (just not when its coming out of a teenager's mouth).
Like a previous reviewer, I felt a little robbed by the Nathan/Poole storyline as towards the end it fell off into vague paraphrasing rather than giving any real action or dialogue to what would have been an intriguing element. Too much focus was on the (unrealistic) love story and less on the surrounding story.
Also, there were a fair few typos in the book which is always annoying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clever concept, cleverly told.
A, the main character here, wakes up every day in a different 16 year old body. Read more
The book has a very original concept but I didn't really feel the characters connection. A's 'love' for Rihannon at first sight comes off as a bit creepy to be honest, it's not... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Emily
I couldn't put this book Down. Every page made me think about our day to day lives and things we take for granted. Very sad also.Published 2 months ago by Nicola H.
Very quick and interesting read but could have had more going for it.Published 3 months ago by Ellie
Excellent book. If you like this then a similar concept (but in a more 'adult' book) can be found in Claire North's book Touch. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ernie Kiwi
Oh, yes, good book, really. I didn't think it would be that good from the description, but I found the idea really good.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer