Every Day by David Levithan
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
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.
Spoiler Free Review
I ended up giving this book three stars possibly a 2.5 just because thinking about it I didn’t really enjoy this book. The synopsis of this book seemed so interesting and I was really looking forward to it but it really let me down if I’m honest (I will talk more about this in the spoiler section). I didn’t really enjoy David Levithan’s writing style as it seemed pretty basic and never really engaged me in what was happening. It was probably just because of the topic of this book but I didn’t really enjoy how we switched between the new hosts so often and never learn a whole lot about them.
I didn’t really connect with any of the characters and found that we didn’t really get to know a lot about them or understand the main character as they are always in others bodies. We never really learn anything about A except that they seem to be a kindhearted person who is a feminist but that is really the extent. To me the characters seem kind of flat, and don’t have a huge personality other than just being nice people.
The plot of this book really disappointed me, I had expected a lot more to happen and that we would have some amount of action but we didn’t get any. We do see how our main character A changes bodies every day and lives another person’s life but we really don’t get to know very much about these different individuals which is disappointing but also understandable since there were a lot of people. I also felt that we never really saw from A’s perspective as they always spoke about what they experienced through whatever body they were in at the time but never really talked about their own feelings unless they were talking about Rhiannon. I think maybe this may just be me because I am so used to reading fantasy but it really feels as if nothing happens through out the whole book.
I didn’t really enjoy the relationship which is really one of the main aspects of the book. I feel that it was really insta-love-y which I don’t usually enjoy just because I enjoy seeing a relationship form as the people get to know each other and see them go through things together, which you really don’t get when the person ‘falls in love’ straight away. I also didn’t really feel like the relationship was genuine, they were just kind of sneaking around and stealing little moments together where they never really had any romantic time. They really just seemed like awkward friends who don’t really understand each other very well.
I really didn’t like the fact that we never learn anything about why A changes bodies and that they have just given up on getting any answers. When A is given the opportunity to email the reverend and maybe learn some thing about why this happens they just don’t try. I always find books really annoying when something is happening and nobody knows why it is happening.
The ending of this book was okay but doesn’t actually resolve anything. A gives Rhiannon a new guy to be with when they are gone because he is so similar to how A sees themselves which I suppose gives her some comfort but I feel like he could have just left her alone to find someone else later on when she was ready. But also the fact that A is just running away just doesn’t really seem like a real ending for this book.
So overall this book was okay but not one that I would recommend to others. I am hoping that I enjoy the movie adaptation more than the book but it has also kind of put me off watching it altogether. Let me know if you guys have read it and what you thought
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