Monday, 26 August 2013

Every Day by David Levithan

Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Published by: Egmont
Publication date: 16th September 2013
Pages: 384
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.


Every Day I am someone else. I am myself - I know I am myself - but I am also someone else. It has always been like this.

Each morning, A wakes up in a different body. There's never any warning about who it will be, but A is used to that. Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

And that's fine - until A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, he rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally  A has found someone he wants to be with - every day...

(In this review I refer to A as a 'he' because I can't keep calling him A, it doesn't read well.)

Every single day, A wakes up in a different body. He never knows whose body it will be and there doesn't seem to be any pattern. All A knows is that the person will be the same age and in roughly the same location each time. A has a set of rules - don't make connections and don't do anything significant that could effect the real owner of the body. But then A meets Rhiannon, a girl he wants to be with forever. But is that possible, when he becomes a different person every day?

This is yet another remarkable novel from the very talented David Levithan. Sometimes I'll read a stream of YA books and think 'They're all kind of the same, in one way or another' and then I come to a book that is completely different from the rest. Every Day was that book. Every Day is thought-provoking and original. In fact, it's almost like a series of short stories because we 're constantly seeing life through a different pair of eyes.

However, I did have one problem with the book. I didn't feel like I could relate/empathise/connect with A because he was constantly changing. A doesn't have a gender, family or a body of his own, so that was a bit strange but the good elements of this novel made up for that.

Levithan is the master of creating original scenarios and compelling plots - I really don't know how he does it! A lot of people refer to him as a genius and I completely agree with them.

I devoured this book in just a few hours. Every Day isn't perfect - I had a couple of faults with it - so unfortunately I can't give it my highest rating. However, 4.5/5 is a high rating anyway and I'm really pleased I was able to give it that, at least! If you buy this book, I highly doubt that you will regret it. Thought-provoking, original and compelling!

7 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you also liked Every Day. It is such a wonderful and I also loved it!

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  2. Yay! Glad you enjoyed this too :-) So jealous of your phone interview with him!

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  3. Every Day has been getting so many great reviews! Sorry that it was a bit difficult connecting with A at times but at least you really enjoyed it overall. Can't wait for the interview :D

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  4. I have this sitting on my shelf waiting for me. I'm a bit nervous to start it though as the hype surrounding is immense.

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  5. One of my fave books from last year. I hear there is a companion novel coming out from Rhi's point of view too! Can't wait!

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  6. Other than the disconnection from A, this sounds like such a magical book! The concept is fascinating and I can't wait to read this for myself.

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