EVERY DAY BY DAVID LEVITHAN
REVIEW BY NICKYThis is the book I can't stop talking about. I can't stop thinking about it. It is the best book I have read this year.
The story is one of the most unique concepts I have ever read. "A" wakes up each day in the body of a new person. A pretends to be that person in a way that leaves the least amount of disruption possible. A has experienced life as male, female, black, white, Asian, heavy, thin, beautiful, ugly, sick, addicted. Never experiencing a true home, family, or connections of any kind, A knows no other existence and doesn't question the way things are until a day spent in Justin's body, where A falls in love with Rhiannon, Justin's girlfriend.
I think it's a stroke of genius that Levithan never reveals A's gender. Told in the first person, it's up to the reader to decide A's voice. I read that voice as male because the author is male, and I rarely have seen an author write in a different gender's voice. I think that's the perception I had of A from the moment I first picked up the book. I like that Levithan leaves it up to the reader, because I think we can all see ourselves in A. I hope we all can, because A's experiences have provided insight and wisdom few of us can ever hope to attain.
I can't quite explain how much I love this book. It's one that I wish everyone would read because it really makes you think, and question, and it makes you want to be a good person because of all the goodness you read in the characters. It is extremely difficult to write a good review of this book and to truly do it justice. Just go read it. NOW.
|David Levithan signing Janine's copy of Every Day at the National Book Festival|