Friday, May 10, 2013
Every Day, by David Levithan
Barnes & Noble
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.
David Levithan is an amazing writer. I have loved the majority of his books, and this one is up near the top.
I've often thought about what it would be like to wake up as someone else: forget your own troubles for a day! Be carefree! Do what ever you want! And then go back to being yourself.
But that's not how A lives. He has been a different person for 16 years: 6,000 days. 6,000 bodies. 6,000 different people.
After he meets Rhiannon, A keeps popping back into her life as other people.
He tells her the truth of who he is. Though it's hard to believe his story, she eventually does. They fall in love, but it's not easy when one half of the relationship shows up in a different package every day.
Is it possible for the two of them to be together? Maybe. Maybe not. You'll have to read the book to find out more! It's definitely worth it.
The end is bittersweet and perfectly written. It is true to the story and leaves the reader in a peaceful place.
I need to go read Six Earlier Days, a prequel to Every Day, which gives us a glimpse into A's life prior to waking up in Justin's body.
A sequel would probably ruin the story, but I'll hold out hope that I can read more about A in the future.