Monday, February 17, 2014

Book Review ~ Every Day by David Levithan

About the book:
Every Day by David Levithan

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.

About the author:  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 Farmer). He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

My thoughts: I knew I would like this book, if for no other reason than David Levithan being the co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which was great.  I was right, I did like it and was not disappointed.  I found this book to be completely original.  A, the narrator of the novel wakes up in a different sixteen-year-olds body every morning and has to adjust to different physical characteristics, a different family, a different school, different friends. The process does have certain constants. For instance, A always wakes up in bodies that match his/her age and never travels far geographically unless the host body does. I really liked how A has no gender.  He/she just is.   A realizes that this way of life is unique, but over the years s/he has come to terms with it.  A realizes that after a while, you have to be at peace with the fact that you simply are. But what happens when A falls in love? Levithan poses this question early in the novel and then shapes the narrative into a profound exploration of what it means to love someone.

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