Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Every Day by David Levithan

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Every Day
by David Levithan
304 pages
NetGalley
YA
2012

Book Jacket Summary
Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. 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.

With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

My Thoughts
I am quickly becoming a huge fan of David Levithan and the different techniques he uses to tell a story. In his book he has a character wake up each morning in a different persons body. This is a very interesting concept and I was wondering how he would pull it off but I should not have been surprised in how well it went. "A" wakes up in Justin's body and goes about the normal day observing and just making do until he meets Rhiannon. He (I use this because it is hard to write without a gender specific pronoun) falls in love with her but must leave after one day. Instead, A highjacks the next hosts body to spend another day with her and the next until A finally wants to tell her the truth. Things become increasingly complicated, especially when one of his hosts thinks he was possessed by a demon. 
This book filled me with hope and hopelessness. A is such a compelling narrator and feels disconnected until meeting Rhiannon. A does not have a family but rather experiences a family through each hosts day. A does not feel male or female but rather both because A inhabits both genders. This is hard for Rhiannon to adjust too and brings up an interesting discussion on if love is just a gender based phenomenon. Levithan explores this on other books but it is especially explored in this book because all kinds of relationships are explored. There are gay, lesbian, and transgendered people that A inhabits and it makes for a very good discussion jump off point. This makes me think that this may be on a few banned reading lists. A also has to make a choice of staying in a body and basically "murdering" the person inside and make the body his to be with Rhiannon.
I would recommend this one to those who are looking for something beautiful but sad and willing to expand their thoughts on what makes a person a person. Is A really a person? Rhiannon can recognize A in the different forms but cannot see a future for their relationship and would it be fair to the host? Lost of questions that I am still mulling over. I really enjoyed this one and cannot wait to go back and read more of Levithan's work.    

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