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A Book Review of “Every Day” by David Levithan

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Rose is an enthusiastic writer and reader who publishes articles every Thursday. She enjoys all book genres, especially drama and fantasy.

“Every Day” by David Levithan

“Every Day” by David Levithan

What’s the Big Deal?

Since its publication in 2012, Every Day has become a New York Times bestseller and even a PG-13 movie. It’s clear why the book is so popular—its author, David Levithan, had written many books prior, each unique in its own way and each extremely enjoyable. He has co-authored with the likes of John Green and Nina LaCour and is known for many other bestsellers including The Lover’s Dictionary (one of my personal favorites), and the delightful queer novels Boy Meets Boy, Two Boys Kissing, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. His books reimagine life as we know it, but none does so better than Every Day—a heart-warming, gut-wrenching romance like nothing you’ve read before.

Plot Summary

What if you switched bodies every day? What would you do if you drifted endlessly into a new person’s physical being each day at midnight, only to replace their consciousness with your own and then move on again to a body a couple of hundred miles away? For A, this is a permanent state of being. And it’s not a problem—not really—until the day A falls in love while in the body of a girl’s boyfriend. The girl’s name is Rhiannon, and she is an angel. Her boyfriend, Justin, is the exact opposite.

Ever since A spent that perfect day with Rhiannon, he can’t get her out of his head. A knows that he’s perfect for Rhiannon, and he can do so much better than Justin; so he decides to keep seeing her, secretly, in each new body, driving hours depending on where he wakes up just to see her face. Eventually, though, bad things start to happen. A screws up badly at a party he and Rhiannon go to, and all of a sudden he’s exposed as “the devil.”

A tells Rhiannon who he really is, and although it takes time for her to believe him, she does. They send emails back and forth and decide to try a secret relationship—it’s a beautiful thing, and they’re clearly made for each other, but what can they do when A has no physical form and is being brutally hunted? They say true love always prevails, but with each new day, the odds of Rhiannon and A prevailing seem even worse than the day before. Then again . . . you never know.

Quick Facts

  • Author: David Levithan
  • Pages: 324
  • Genre: YA fantasy, romance
  • Ratings: 4/5 Common Sense Media, 4.9/5 Dogo Books
  • Release date: August 28, 2012
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

To Read or Not to Read?

I recommend this book if:

  • You like classic YA authors such as John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Nicola Yoon, Adam Silvera, and Becky Albertalli
  • Falling in love has ever been a major turning point in your life
  • You want to get to know other types of lifestyles, including people living with major depression, blindness, handicaps, and obesity, among others
  • You’re well-known for having a lot of empathy and being kind to other people
  • You like books that mean something and make a difference in the world for the better

The moment you fall in love feels like it has centuries behind it, generations—all of them rearranging themselves so this precise, remarkable intersection could happen. In your heart, in your bones, no matter how silly you know it is, you feel that everything has been leading to this... and you are just now arriving at the place you were always meant to be.

— David Levithan, “Every Day”

Reviews

  • “I loved this book. It was gripping, emotional, sad, terrifying, romantic, strange, and beautiful all at the same time. The only problem was that it had quite an abrupt ending, and I found myself turning the last page, only to be shown the acknowledgments. I so desperately wanted the book to carry on!” —The Guardian
  • “David Levithan's novels usually have some sort of hook, and this one is so clever. A’s nonphysical self is neutral of gender, sexual orientation, and race, and yet he/she embodies so many different American experiences. It’s a fascinating premise, made believable by the strong, consistent voice Levithan gives his character and the book’s realistic emotions and events.” —Common Sense Media

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The Takeaway

Every Day is unlike any book I’ve ever read. It’s beautifully written, well-researched, and poignantly honest; it delicately forces the reader to reevaluate things they’d pushed aside before, like mental illness, race, and beauty and its effect on relationships. To this day, I haven’t read a book so empathetic, and I’ve never met a character as brilliant and good-hearted as A. Whenever I’m lost or lonely, Every Day is my go-to, and with its gentle revelations and kind simplicities, I always manage to feel better than I did before.

Comments

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 31, 2020:

This sounds like an interesting book. I've never heard of the writer or the book, but I'd like to read the story very much. Thanks for the review.

Noel Penaflor from California on July 31, 2020:

I read this book years ago. Though I don't usually read YA, I enjoyed this immensely. Excellent review, Rose.

Millicent Okello from Nairobi, Kenya on July 30, 2020:

Wow. I love the title and the book looks quite interesting