Every Day by David Levithan
Series: Every Day #1
Publisher: Electric Monkey (Egmont Books)
First published August 28th, 2012
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
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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, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply.
I’ve avoided this book for quite a long time. Not for any reason in particular, other than that I don’t think it’s my type. But, since there’s a movie coming out, I decided to go for it in order to see the movie.
I can’t say this is the best book ever but it’s also not the worst. It’s quite a different book and I did have some problems with it, but I also had a lot of fun listening to it, for the fact that it’s a VERY interesting idea.
For me, it was a “meh/okayish” book… One thing is for sure, if I hadn’t gotten the audiobook I for sure wouldn’t have read it. I think I would have been bored… But the audiobook made it more entertaining and easy to get through and that’s why I’m giving it half star more than I would have, because the audiobook is definitely nice and I loved Alex McKenna’s performance.
This story is about “A”. Someone who is genderless, someone without a family, and someone who doesn’t have a body of its own. He is basically a floating soul borrowing a person’s life and body for a single day. He doesn’t know life in any other way than that and everything has been fine until a certain day. The day he became Justin and fell in love with his girlfriend, Rhiannon. Now the only thing he thinks about is being with her and trying to have a life with her and trying not to lose hope on that being possible.
I wasn’t particularly connected with any of the characters. Rhiannon had a way of annoying me and “A” was less than I was wanting him to be… I loved knowing about “A’s” many days in different lives, all the differences between them, and how the author showed the difference between how a person sees herself and how others see her – how different our minds and our environments are, it’s just fascinating and I think that was really done well.
I also loved the idea of the main character being genderless. How it tried to show how unimportant that is – how liking a boy or a girl shouldn’t matter any differently. How someone should fall in love with the inside first. But I still think it could have been way deeper than it was… I love the idea of the book, but not so much the way it was developed.
I liked the writing, the audiobook was really fun, the idea once again was AMAZING and I will for sure check out the movie. I wouldn’t recommend this book if you are more into deep contemporaries. The idea of the book seemed deep but the book ended up just aiming for cute and heartbreaking, which didn’t work for me… If you are into those impossible romances with an interesting spin, then you will probably like it.
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