Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Every Day

Every Day by David Levithan
4/5 stars
Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
322 pages
YA Fantasy

Source: Received an ARC through Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review.

I requested this book on a whim having read zero Levithan books but having heard lots of buzz around him. The premise for this book is certainly different: A wakes up in a different body every day, growing in age every year but never staying. Why A is like this, if anyone else is like that, and if A can ever not be like that are some of the questions that came to me while reading. It was also hard not to define A according to the words we usually use (gender-specific comes immediately to mind but others about appearance too) although such adjectives as kind and thoughtful are still applicable. This makes A kind of a difficult character to understand.

The defining event of the book is that in the first chapter (or day 5994) A falls in love with Rhiannon and breaks self-designed rules in order to keep her around. Understandably she struggles with A always wearing a new face and body and not always able to keep promises to show up. A is also frustrated by one of the bodies realizing there was possession and trying to hunt A down. I actually really enjoyed that segment and the suspense that came from it.

Still for all that I praise it, and I do want to praise this book, it just did not quite click for me. I think the concept is stunningly original and that it is very well-written with excellent pacing. It is thought-provoking and could certainly be a book club read as discussions about soul and gender identity could be addressed. But I don't love it and I'm not going to go out and push it on my in-person friends (although I will encourage bookish people to check it out especially if you are a fan of Levithan's writing.)

Cover: I love the clouds but I'm not really a fan of the people randomly there-they're weird.


  1. I've heard great things about this book. But, I really want to read his other book Will Grayson, Will Grayson before I read this one. The concept does sounds interesting and original and therefore I do want to give it a try. :) Great review.

  2. A is certainly a unique character but because of that I can see how he's not the easiest to relate to. You're right -- this would make a very interesting book club choice!

  3. I've read some interesting things about this book. Might consider reading it! Great review!

  4. I really liked this one, but agree with you - it was hard to click with the main character since they weren't the same person the entire way through.

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  5. Aw, I'm sorry this one didn't click with you quite right, but a four star read is still nothing to sneeze at (though I might because my allergies have been insane recently). I suspect that I will love this one to bits, but I have to find time to read it to find out if I'm right!

  6. I LOVED THIS BOOK. Everything about it. What didn't click with you? Just.. it didn't? I wanna know! I think it's interesting that you've said so many positive things but it just didn't click. Lovely review though!


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