Every Day (Every Day #1) by David Levithan

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4.5 stars

**I’m not going to use pronouns in this review since A is both and neither a male or a female**

This book WAS AMAZING! I now have a new goal to read everything Levithan has written. If his writing is consistently as beautiful as it is in Every Day I can see him becoming a new favourite author!

The concept behind this book is ingenious! For every day of A’s life, A has woken up in the body of someone new. A has to learn what gender, race, sexuality, religion (ect) that the person’s who’s body A’s in and has to live life for that day as that person, trying A’s hardest not to change or derail the body’s life. But one day A wake up in the body of the boyfriend of a girl that A can’t help but to fall head over heart for.

 “You learn how much a day is truly worth, because they’re all so different. If you ask most people what the difference between Monday and Tuesday, they might tell you what they had for dinner each night. Not me. By seeing the world from so many angles, I get more of a sense of its dimensionality.”

A is an amazing – I don’t want to say person, because A isn’t a person, but I don’t want to say thing, because that’s degrading to how awe-inspiring A is. Entity. A is an amazing entity! A has lived an amazing life, experienced more in 16 years than any of us every will in an entire life time. A understands more about religion, gender, sexuality, race, acceptance, joy, anger, family then any of us every will be able to grasp. I loved A’s views on genderfluidity, religion and sexuality, A is everything you want the world to be! If everyone human on earth understood what A understood we’d have world peace.

 “It’s only in the finer points that it gets complicated and contentious, the inability to realise that no matter what our religion or gender or race or geographical background, we all have about 98 percent in common with each other. Yes, the difference between male and female are biological, but if you look at biology as a matter of percentage, there aren’t a whole lot of things that are different. Race is different purely as a social construction, not as an inherent difference. And religion – whether you believe in God or Yahweh or Allah or something else, odds are that at heart you want the same things. For whatever reason, we like to focus on the 2 percent that’s different, and most of the conflict in the world comes from that.”

A has become my favourite character! I’m trying to think if there’s someone I like better than A and I honestly can’t think of anyone.

There is something like 40 chapters in this book that means there are 40 completely individual, unique personalities and lives A takes over for a day. Plenty of them are your everyday people, but some of them where stand outs these are a couple of my favourites. Kelsea, who has severe depression and plans to kill herself – in the span of maybe only 15 pages (at the max) Levithan had me crying for this girl, wanting someone to help her. Vic, who is intersex – I loved how Vic was completely unashamedly himself, I also loved how quirky and perfect his girlfriend was for him. The nameless body of the drug addict – this chapter was amazing to read, A struggling to make it through the day without giving into what the body wanted. Zara, who’s relationship with her girlfriend are honestly relationship goals! There are plenty of times A is in someone’s body who has a partner but Zara and Amelia take the cake for best couple, they are so loving and sweet! Ah, Levithan should write a whole book just on them. Finally, my last favourite body A took over was Alexander, who’s life is exactly how I picture A’s life would be if A had a corporal body.

Unfortunately, when it came to the romance side of this book, I found it really hard to connect because I had trouble liking Rhiannon. She never loves A as much as A loves her and it was infuriating to read. I think we as readers were meant to feel a bit like this towards her though, we’ve been reading through A who doesn’t view love as a construct that has to fit a mold so when we read Rhiannon subtly rejecting A because A’s in a body of an overweight person or because A’s in the body of a female, we’re meant to feel that she doesn’t love A as much. But in hindsight it makes sense that Rhiannon can’t view love as openly as A since she’s never experienced it in its multitude of ways as A has.

THAT ENDING! I knew it would have to end some way like it did but still my heart broke for A. There is a companion novel coming out at the end of this month, but I think I would have rather that they left Every Day a standalone. After that ending I’m in a kind of bittersweet feeling and I’m not sure if reading the book from Rhiannon’s POV will make that ending harder or easier. I actually don’t know which would be worse.

This book is fantastic! If you have not read it you should try you hardest to get to it. It will challenge your perspective of things and make you think. It is beautifully written, and A is the most amazing character in the history of the world! I hope you read it!!!

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About Amy

I'm an 20 year old uni student who majors in procrastinating. It's wonderful really - many a great read was read because of it.

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