Book Review: Everyday by David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan Book Review: Everyday by David Levithan


Every Day by David Levithan

Published: 8/28/2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

From Goodreads:

In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a “wise, wildly unique” love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life.

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.

With his new novel, David Levithan, bestselling co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

 Book Review: Everyday by David Levithan  Book Review: Everyday by David Levithan

I’ve been a HUGE David Levithan fan ever since I read Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, then immediately followed by reading Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. Unlike Every Day, those are both books that he co-wrote with Rachel Cohn, and I absolutely ADORED them!

When I saw Levithan had a new book coming out about a boy who is forced to live every day in a different body, in a different LIFE… Well, you can imagine how SUPER excited I was! Right? Thus far all of the books I’ve read by him had been contemporary all the way, so I was THRILLED to dive head first into a David Levithan with a hint of paranormal to it!

“Every day I am someone else. I am myself-I know I am myself-but I am also someone else.

It has always been like this.”

Is it just me, or is this not nearly as confusing as it should be? Like it SOUNDS confusing, but I totally get it. Which is odd for me – I mean really.

Immediately I’m drawn into the depth in which Levithan writes the simplest things. Maybe this is why he remains one of my all time favorites among the hundreds of authors that I’ve read through the years.

Today our MC is a kid named Justin, yesterday he was someone else and tomorrow he will be again  He doesn’t know why he’s like this… It’s just always been this way. When he gets to school, he’s greeted by Justin’s girlfriend and he’s far more intrigued by her than he usually let’s himself be.

“I find it hard to look at her. I know from experience that beneath every peripheral girl is a central truth. She’s hiding hers away, but at the same time wants me to see it. That is, she wants Justin to see it. And it’s there, just out of my reach. A sound waiting to be a word.”

He spends the day with her, being himself instead of going through the motions of Justin’s life, and he undeniably wants to keep her. But HOW can he do this, when he is someone new EVERY DAY.

Everyday he finds a new way to become part of Rhiannon’s life as someone else… But it’s never enough.

As he goes from body to body and existence to existence, I am intensely aware of his inner struggle to keep true to HIMSELF. Every Day is very enlightening, for me personally I found myself reflecting on events of my life and how so often we take small things for granted.

Knowing yourself and living in the moment is an integral part of life… David Levithan thoroughly entertains while provoking meaningful inflection into one’s self.

Here are some of the quotes that made me FEEL:

“After a while, you have to be at peace with the fact that you simply are.”

“She’s so lost in her sadness that she has no idea how visible it is.”

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.”

“If you want to live within the definition of your own truth, you have to choose to go through the initially painful and ultimately comforting process of finding it.”

“I will never define myself in terms of anyone else.”

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David Levithan just released an Everyday novella called Six Earlier Days, featuring six random days from A’s journal, I haven’t read it yet – but it is downloaded to my kindle!!

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10 Responses to Book Review: Everyday by David Levithan

  1. Yes! I LOVED this book. It’s my first book by David, so I’m without a doubt reading more of his. I’m so happy you loved it too!

  2. I loved this book it actually made my top 10 YA picks for 2012, which will post on the New Year’s Eve. So glad this one rocked for you as well :)

  3. Agree, agree, agree! This book was incredible. It’s actually the first I’ve read of David Levithan, but it instantly became one of my favorite books EVER. So beautifully told.

  4. I so need to get this book!! I have heard nothing but fantastic things about it, but after reading your review you have renewed my interest. And no, it’s not just you. That first quote, I totally get it. It really does seem like it should be more confusing though.

  5. Rummanah says:

    I need to move this one up on my reading pile and set some time aside to enjoy this book. It sounds wonderfully and I’ve nothing but great reviews for it. I’m also a big Levithan fan too.

    p.s. Love the look of the blog!

  6. I have yet to read his books but I so need to fix that. This one sounds complicated in a good way. I like books like this and if it gets 5 stilettos… I needs to read it.

  7. Im reading this right now..OMgosh LOViNG it!!!!! Great review!

  8. I don’t think I completely appreciated the beauty of Everyday when I read it. I think I was so dissatisfied with the end that I was grumpy with the book, I agree with you completely though about how it encourages readers to think about their everydays. I really appreciated your review. It allowed me to rethink how I felt about this book.

    Sara @ Just Another Story

  9. candace says:

    I LOVE David Levithan! He is brilliant! I just met him in October and he read from this book (freaking AMAZING, he is the best reader!) And next years book which is called Two Boys Kissing (I think… something like that). He puts such FEELING in his words and when he reads it its doubly so. And he was amazing to meet, so, so nice and not at all intimidating.
    I’m so glad you read and loved this!

  10. I LOVE this book as well. I agree. It should have been confusing about him being himself yet someone else at the same time, but it was so easy to slip into A’s mind. Every Day was my first David Levithan book, and I need to go out and read his other books.

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