Monday, August 27, 2012

Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day
by David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf
Publication date: August 28, 2012
Genre: YA Fiction
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon/Book Depository


Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. 

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.
When I read the synopsis for Every Day I knew that I had to read it. I found the idea of waking each morning in strangers body thought provoking. Could I love someone who appeared differently each morning? What about all the senses surrounding that love..like the way they smell, the feel of their hand, the way their eyes sparkle when they laugh. David Levithan not only addressed these questions, he made me think about so much more. I feel in love with the characters, the journey and didn’t want this bittersweet novel to end.

The tale begins when we meet "A". Every morning "A" wakes up in a different body, sometimes male, sometimes female but always "A"’s age. "A" takes a moment and accesses the bodies memories and proceeds to live in them for a day. Every night at midnight "A" falls asleep  and every morning the cycle repeats.  "A" follows simple rules, avoids harming the body and goes about life. "A" has accepted the way things are, until the day "A" wakes in Justin’s body and meets his girlfriend Rhiannon. This is the day "A" begins to break the rules. Why?  Because "A" needs to see her again. The tale that unfolds is absolutely beautiful, heartwarming, thought provoking and original.  

"A" is such an unusual soul.  "A" is neither male nor female. He is a soul, a mind , an essence. For as long as he has lived this is the only true version of life he has ever known. Despite this crazy life he lives, he cares for his hosts..even does their homework for them.  He is careful not to permanently affect their lives until he meets Rhiannon. Rhiannon is sweet, sad and maybe a little shy. "A" loves when she opens up and her face glows. She holds back a lot and "A" blames Justin. Justin is a typical, self-centered high school dude and I didn’t care for him. The relationship between "A" and Rhiannon was complicated and sweet. At times "A" seemed a little obsessed but I kept asking myself how I would feel. While their relationship, screamed insta-love, it was the catalyst necessary for "A" to break character. The characters that "A" spends a day in came from every background  and I became wrapped up in each of their stories. They had as much substances as the main characters .

The world building is absolutely spectacular. From the first few pages I knew I was embarking on a journey that would forever change me. Levithan provides a beautiful tale of love, wonder and loss. He offered me a thought provoking read that I won’t soon forget. This was a fascinating look into life’s complexities. Levithan provided me with a window to countless souls; their joys and tribulations.  The author wove moral messages and questions about whom and what we really are. My emotions were all over the place on this journey. I laughed, I cried, I experienced shock and anger, hope and fear. It was mesmerizing. There wasn’t a single character that did not affect me or leave their mark. The flow was perfect and I loved the author’s writing style. His words rang true and made the tale feel genuine and the characters real. I quickly consumed this as the outside world melted away. The ending was beautiful, bittersweet and touched me in so many ways.

Every Day is an absolute must read; a book you will want to think about, talk about and share long after you finish it. This is a timeless tale and will appeal to all ages. I think it's the perfect read for a book club, group or high school English class. I have added David Levithan to my list and look forward to reading more of his work. I am also hoping he continues A's story.*hint-hint*

I want to thank Knopf Publishing and netGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. Purchases made through buy links on this site earn a small commission which helps support giveaways. 

I gave this novel 5 coffee cups out of 5.
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28 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 9:57 PM , Anonymous Bea @ Bea's Book Nook said...

Great review and it sounds like an original, and fascinating, book.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:31 AM , Anonymous Jen Ryland said...

I hadn't thought about the insta-love -- I guess poor A has to be able to make up his/her mind pretty fast, since s/he only knows most people for 24 hours. Agree about the range of emotions you experience while reading this. Great review.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:28 AM , Anonymous Heidi said...

This is the second five,star rating I have seen for this one. It sounds spectacular. Great concept, Great characters, solid world building, excellent execution. These are all things that make up a good read for me. I am definitely adding this to my must read. Once I get my TBR down. Thanks for joining my challenge. I will get the Fraterfest button up?

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:29 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks Heather I love this author's writing style and hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:29 AM , Anonymous Heather@ The Flyleaf Review said...

"Every Day is an absolute must read; a book you will want to think about, talk about and share long after you finish it."


I think that is the highest praise a book can receive, don't you? I had heard of this book, but until I read your review I had forgotten the premise. There seems to be a lot of books out there that are addressing humanity and identity, and I think this trend of self reflection is awesome! I've never read anything by Levithan alone, but love his collaborations with Rachel Cohn and John Green. I will most definitely be checking this one out!


Beautiful review, Kimba:)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:30 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Oh I hope you love it as much as I do!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:30 AM , Anonymous Amy Stogner said...

I loved the review. It is one of those "Don't judge a book by it's cover". Once I read the blurb and review I found it interesting. I am going to have to add it to my wish list.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It was refreshingly original. Thanks Bea :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks Jen :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Fran you are too funny, but the book is awesome and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous Bella's Shelf said...

I MUST HAVE THIS BOOK NOW! In fact its the 28th & I am going to order it :) I have the sneaky feeling I have an e arc of it somewhere..I got it from NG or EW. I think. Why did I ignore it? I did that for John Greens book too (Fault in our stars) and I freaking loooooved that book. *off to read your other review*

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Awesome Heidi I would love to hear your thoughts on it. So glad you are joining Fraterfest :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Yay! I cannot wait to hear your thought on it :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks Danielle, I have been sleeping and reading all about Oliver and Maria..loving it!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous Danielle Perez said...

With the first letter name A kind of reminds me of Warm Bodies. I may check this one out myself. Thanks for another awesome review. Hope you feel better!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It was! It was!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

Weird..original, I am intrigued :D

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

:)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This certainly did, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

Aww.... my 1st post didn't go through. Okay try again.... I totally agree, this would be Perfect to read for class, especially high school. Such an amazing book! I'm so glad you loved it <3

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM , Anonymous GMR said...

Great review! As soon as I laid eyes on this one, I knew I had to check it out. Glad to hear it lives up to the buzz, and can't wait to check it out for myself. Happy reading!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hehehe..I hate, loathe and detest spoilers..so you will never find them in my reviews! Thanks Kristin and I hope you enjoy it!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM , Anonymous Kristin said...

I absolutely need to get a hold of this book!! I love your review and I'm so glad you managed to write it without any spoilers!! That is a great idea to have this book for a book club or for an English class.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM , Anonymous Kristilyn Robertson said...

This one looks so unbelievably good! I'm on the wait list at my library for it and can't wait to read it. I've loved all of David Levithan's work with other writers that I'm sure he's just fabulous on his own.


Great review!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks I hope you enjoy it!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM , Anonymous I Talk Books! said...

I love the cover. The synopsis sound so interesting and your review is great. I really want to read this book. :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM , Anonymous Melissa's Midnight Musings said...

I've heard so many good things about this book. I can't wait to read it. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

 

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