Book Review: Every Day by David Levithan
I’ve never read a book like Every Day. It’s truly an original idea. I love how some elements were executed and disliked the sweeping generalizations made other times. Like many things, what I loved about Every Day is also what got on my nerves.
Book Review: Every Day by David Levithan
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Title & Author: Every Day by David Levithan
Genre: YA – Magical Realism
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readeres
How I Got the Book: Bought – Book Club Pick
“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.”
Discussion Questions for Every Day:
Here are a few quick discussion questions to get you started talking about Every Day! Note: I wrote these hastily, so please don’t judge the poor grammar and/or typo’s too harshly .
The Best & Worst About Every Day
I’ve never both enjoyed a book while disagreeing with a character so much. Every Day is one of those books that will divide readers. Although I stand closely to “really, really enjoyed it,” I think many readers will find the characters confusing, wonderful and annoying all at the same time.
Because I love lists, here are a few things I both liked and disliked about Every Day:
1A’s variety of experiences – What makes A extremely interesting and annoying is his strange life of waking up in a new body every day. Because of that, A sees so much of life – so much variety in bodies from different ethnic, economic backgrounds.
Because of these experiences, A has this idea that he (I’ll use this pronoun as a default to make this post easier to read) understands love and relationships. While I don’t think you need a wide range of experiences to fall in love, I do think you need them to maintain and feed a healthy relationship.
A tries SO HARD to make things work with Rhiannon, and I don’t think he gives her enough credit for getting over something as huge as his exterior. For everyone else on Earth, having the same exterior ever day is kind of a big deal.
2A’s very strong feelings – Again, this is what makes Every Day a very powerful and intriguing book. A loves so deeply and so truly because he’s seen so much of people, he can spot a pure soul, so to speak, which he finds in Rhiannon.
The problem is, A’s feelings are so strong and almost seem to overpower Rhiannon at times. I think it was so easy for him to fall in love with her because as Justin, she already was in love with him. He cut out 90 percent of the build-up to the relationship.
Plus, he keeps showing up at her school – it seriously borders on stalkerish instead of romantic. Although I really rooted for them, that aspect of their relationship was hard for me to enjoy.
2A’s belief we are all 98 percent the same – Although I agree that people in general focus so much on how we are different, and we use that as a way to say we are better, smarter, prettier, etc. However, I think the key he’s missing is that, yes, physiologically we are 98 percent the same, but our experiences, our choices, our values are what make us individuals.
That is something that should never be stripped away or all grouped together. I can never pretend to understand what being someone from Japan or Brazil or Africa would be like, or to truly get what it’s like to grow up with 5 siblings.
And as a visitor, neither does A. He can access their lives and learn facts, but he doesn’t truly know what it’s like to be them day in and day out.
That was a problem I had with Every Day and A. He seems to believe he knows and understands so much more than he actually does.
Every Day is like corny interview candidate – its strengths are its weaknesses. The totally, completely uniqueness of the book created so many questions of how and why that were never answered. The passion and love shown don’t reflect a full knowledge of what it takes to make a relationship work over time. Every Day is a book that will make you think – whether you like its story and characters or not.