Every Day by David Levithan – Mindblowing!

Every DayEvery Day by David Levithan

This book will break your heart. This book will get you excited about writing. This book will make you want to stop writing because you will never write this well.
“A” exists in a life that we cannot imagine. Every morning, “A” wakes up in a different person’s body. “A” lives a different life every day. Never knowing where it will be or who it will be. Sometimes “A” is female, sometimes male. Fat, thin, a-grade student, drug addict, nerd, jock, goth, happy, depressed, abused, loved. Whatever comes “A”’s way there are rules to live by. Then “A” meets Rhiannon while in the body of her boyfriend Justin and in an instant everything changes.
All of a sudden, “A” is attached. “A” continues to have contact with her after he has moved on – against all the rules. For the first time “A” has found someone to stick around for and there is no way of staying.
This is a breathtaking piece of writing. It is a story that is like no other. The closest comparison I can make for anyone who wants one is to The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Even then, it really does not prepare you for “A”’s life. Rhiannon becomes “A”’s reason for existence – she is beautiful, sensitive and unattainable. In his pursuit of her, all his rules for living in other people are cast to the wind and he becomes increasingly careless with the lives of those he inhabits – with some dire consequences. “A” is wise and world-weary, but not as worldly as he/she imagines. Rhiannon is constantly telling “A” that the real world, the world of those of us who live every day where we are, is more complex than “A” can understand because “A” only experiences life 24 hours at a time, and it is always different, always shifting.
Worlds collide and then break apart in this accomplished novel.
I was completely swept into “A”’s world, and Rhiannon’s, and I was very pleased that Levithan wrote the ending the way he did (no spoilers here). Antyhing else would have been untrue to the story.
A philosophically challenging and mind-bending book. I loved it.
For ages 14 and up.

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