Friday, September 21, 2012

Every Day by David Levithan

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.

Imagine never having parents, a childhood or even day to day things that we take for granted.  A is a being, gender neutral, who just one day woke up in someone's body.  Everyday at midnight, he moves to another body.  The only consistency is that the person is always sixteen years old.  

He calls himself A.  A tries not to mess with the person life he is inhabitating. But when he wakes up in in the body of Justin, something changes for A.  He meets Rhiannon, Justin's girlfriend, and falls in love.  He makes an email for himself that he can check everyday in no matter whom's body he is in.

Everyday when he wakes up in a different body, he tries to reach out to Rhiannon.  Over time, he shares his secret with her - hoping that she can overcome what's on the outside, for what's on the inside.  But with A's focus on Rhiannon, he gets sloppy in removing his computer activity.  When one of the boys he was previously in claims that he was possessed by the devil and makes it public, along with emailing A about how he would find out who he was, A begins to feel guilt, hoping that it will go away.

Then there is the romance between him and Rhiannon.  She's still dating Justin, and although she cares for A, she's having a hard time moving past what's on the outside.  Will they be able to resolve the schematics and their love endure? Will A get his happy ever after?  You're going to have to read this one to find out!

Every Day is such a unique concept that I couldn't wait to read this one.  I wasn't disappointed, but I did think that it was a bit slow going at times.  However, I enjoyed seeing who A woke up in  each day and how that day would pan out.  From being in a body of a hot chick to a pot head to waking up in a suicidal girl, the characteristics of each person was unique and relative. Although geared toward young adults, adults will find this engaging and refreshing story compelling as well.  Totally loved it!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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