Every Day (Review)

October 6, 2014

Book cover for "Every Day" by David Levithan.Title: Every Day

Author: David Levithan

Publication Year: 2012

Pages: 384

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult

Source: E-book version borrowed from the library

From the cover:

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.

I really liked most of this book. The premise is really easy to catch on to, and unlike other “stuck in a stranger’s body” type narratives I’ve read or see on television, this one really seemed to touch deeper on the philosophical and moral issues.

Particularly, I liked the way that Levithan explored issues of identity, family, gender, and sexuality through the different incarnations of A. I also liked the way that the relationship between A and Rhiannon was explored – it went farther than just the logistics of finding each other each day, and really got to the crux of a number of issues. Every Day is a more open, exploratory YA novel than pretty much any I’ve ever read – including the author’s other books such as Boy Meets Boy and Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

The only part that I found troubling was near the end of the book, and I don’t want to spoil the plot, so I can’t really talk about it much here. But it’s kind of … a little bit problematic in terms of treating Rhiannon like a person who can make her own choices. It’s not horrible, but not as forward-thinking (I think, anyways) as the rest of the book.

I think this book could easily be one of the best books touching on queer issues that I’ve ever read, and that isn’t even the main focus of the book. So definitely, give Every Day a try.

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