Every Day by David Levithan is further proof of my theory that if you want to read a really good, beautifully written, engaging, creative, through provoking book that you ought to spend most of your time in the young adult section.
Every Day has an unusual premise. The narrator, known as “A,” wakes up every morning in a new body, having ‘stolen’ (for want of a better term) the life of the person A is in for 24 hours. A can access some of the person’s memories, enough to get by, but mostly thinks A’s own thoughts. A is neither male nor female, since A doesn’t have a body of A’s own. This bizarre premise could easily fail in less capable hands. But Levithan, perhaps best known for co-authoring “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” with Rachel Cohn and/or “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” with John Green, is a treasure of a writer.
A, naturally, has no friends, since A doesn’t have any continuity in his (ok, I’ll say ‘his’ because I’m not sure what else to say) life. Since this has been A’s life since he was a baby, he doesn’t know any other way to be. One day, he finds himself in Justin’s body. Justin is a grade-A (no pun intended, ok, well, maybe intended) jerk who treats his girlfriend, Rhiannon, rather badly. Generally speaking, A tries to adapt himself to the life of the person whose body he inhabits so as to leave no trace. However, Rhiannon captures his heart, and he finds himself irresistibly drawn to her.
How can A get to know Rhiannon better, when she thinks he is Justin all along? How can he even find her? What does it mean about identity and sexuality? Do you truly love someone’s spirit?
Levithan’s writing is a thing of beauty. Each sentence is a carefully chosen and set gem. And the gorgeousness of the writing is supported even more by the deft plotting and though provoking themes. It’s the kind of book you’ll think about long after you’ve read it.
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