Monday, December 10, 2012

Book Review: Every Day by David Levithan

Monday, December 10, 2012
Genre: Contemporary? Magical Realism?
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Series: Standalone
Website: http://www.davidlevithan.com/every-day/
Source: Won from Random Buzzers
Every Day
Each morning, A wakes up in a different body. It's never the same person and there's no way of telling who it will be next. This has been A's life from birth, and he stopped questioning it a long time ago. But then he meets Rhiannon, the first person to make him want to stay in one place, in one body. How can he love someone who won't even recognize him the next day? More importantly, how can she love him?

I've put off writing this review for the same reason I didn't review John Green's books for the longest time. You see, I don't have One Almighty Favorite Book. I have a few Favorite Books, such as Prisoner of Azkaban and Looking for Alaska. It is exceptionally rare that another book is added to this category, and yet, Every Day did it.

I'm not sure when exactly I realized that this book was a Favorite Book. I started Every Day liking it, but not really thinking too much of it. Over the course of the story, I just found myself falling in love with this book. It was the combination of the simply gorgeous, heartbreaking prose and the way A's thoughts would speak to me in a way so few books can, and the amazing plot. A is one of the most incredible protagonists I have ever had the fortune to read about, and one of the most fascinating.

The thing is, A doesn't have a gender, although I tended to think of A as a boy. (Jamie over at the Perpetual Page-Turner thought the same, too, which is interesting.) I found A thoughtful, wise, and beautiful. The people he "possesses" are all drastically different and brilliantly, wonderfully, perfectly fleshed-out. While they are all unique and real, Levithan manages to keep them generic enough that you can think of a girl or boy almost exactly like them. What's especially incredible is that Every Day doesn't just give you insight into the people around you, but yourself.

As for the romance, I wasn't a huge fan of Rhiannon. Perhaps this is because I saw some of my own flaws in her. I didn't hate her, by any means, and at times I did truly like her; she just lacked that pull some characters have. However, this didn't detract from the story at all. Not even a little. I was still rooting for A and Rhiannon the whole way through. And there is something just incredibly real about Rhiannon. I think that realness, for lack of a better word, is the trait that made me both like and dislike her.

Honestly, I just want to reread this book over and over again. I want to thank David Levithan for writing it. And I really, really want everybody to read it. (Yes, that means you, too!)
*5 stars*
Do you have one Favorite Book or a bunch of Favorite Books?

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