Thursday, August 2, 2012

Review: Every Day by David Levithan

I snagged this ARC from work a few weeks back, intrigued that the author David Levithan was the co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, a book I've been meaning to read. It turned out to be a quick and fascinating read. I'm looking forward to recommending it once it comes out later this month.

Here's the description from Goodreads:
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

It's impossible to imagine waking up every day in a different body. Would it be cool for awhile? Painful? Annoying? Awesome? Hard to say. I think A's character felt a little bit of everything along the way until he meets Rhiannon. Now he only wants to go wake up with her and to experience the love and real connnection with another person, instead of starting over every day.

I really felt for A, in his courage to accept his fate and manage what comes to him every time he wakes up. It was survival mode all the way. Make it through the day without screwing up the person's life in which you inhabit for 24 hours.

Once Rhiannon and A meet and the truth comes out, Leviathan does a good job with the portraying the struggles of what love really is. What if the person  you love looks different every day? A woman one day? A man the next? A's character always stayed the same age but everything else changed. Rhiannon, at times, had a hard time seeing past the outside to get to the inside. And A desperately tried to show her he was still in there.

Rating: Recommend
This was a wonderful read. It would appeal to a wide audience, definitely more thought provoking young adult. Perhaps for fans of John Green.

Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Purchase: IndieBound

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


StephTheBookworm said...

I wanna read it! I love the sound of it - so cool. I'm also a John Green fan.. well, I've only ever read The Fault in Our Stars but I loved it sooo much.

Tales of Whimsy said...

Thanks for your review.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I'm so bad at keeping track of when review books are coming out. I don't read much YA, but this sounds good.

Christine said...

I've read a few books by David Leviathan and liked them well enough. I actually like the books he co-writes with other authors more than the ones he writes solo, which has made me more cautious of his solo books. However, this one sounds pretty interesting. I'll certainly look for it later this month.