Sunday, March 3, 2013

Review: Every Day by David Levinthan

January 15, 2013
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.
What a unique captivating story. In a time when love stories are so cookie cutter, this story  was quite the shake up. It's so different that I just couldn't put it down. I stayed up all night to finish it and then it invaded my mind for weeks after. 

In this book we meet "A", a soul who inhabits a different body a day. "A" doesn't associate with male or female, just is what is. "A" makes a point not to interfere with the lives of those that are inhabited. "A" doesn't want to shake up anyone's life or draw attention to fact that they've been inhabited by another soul. That is, until he wakes up one morning in the body of Justin. While attending Justin's school, he meets Rhiannon  Justin's girlfriend. Rhiannon is timid around Justin and it appears their relationship isn't that great. In seeing that, "A" makes the decision that he wants to spend the day with Rhiannon. They go out and have the best day every but at the end of the day, "A" knows he will be someone else tomorrow. 

Unable to let her go, he continues to break his rules by having each person he inhabits meet her and eventually he considers sharing what he is in hopes of building a more lasting relationship with her. But how would that work? If she's not attracted to the bodies? Or the girls he becomes? And what about her boyfriend Justin? 

One of the great things about this book is you think you know how it's going to go but you don't have a clue. The ups and downs of this story were just perfect.  
I loved the whole concept of the story.
People take love’s continuity for granted, just as they take their body’s continuity for granted. They don’t realize that the best thing about love is its regular presence. Once you can establish that, it’s an added foundation to your life. But if you cannot have that regular presence, you only have the one foundation to support you, always.

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