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{August 24, 2012}   {ARC Review} Every Day by David Levithan

From Goodreads: Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. 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.

I’m really drawn to Levithan’s writing due to the fact that his stories are so fresh and original.  It boggles my mind to think how he comes up with such amazing, untraditional plotlines, and this is such a beautiful novel that it left me in Levithan withdrawal as soon as I turned the last page.

A is unique.  S/he resides in a different body every day, and if barely being able to process all the thoughts and feelings of his/her new body each day isn’t hard enough, A also has to live with the thoughts and feelings of all the past lives s/he has lived as well.  I can’t even begin to imagine how hard such a life would be, and yet Levithan takes the reader there, showing us in depth images of how others view life.  He takes the reader across all spectrums: male, female, wealthy, poor, beautiful, unattractive, popular, reclusive, content, suicidal… and these glimpses into these lives have such long lasting effects on both A and the reader that I feel it’s impossible not to feel connected to this book in some way, shape, or form.  I mean, honestly, I found that this was a very powerful read, and I was stuck like Rhiannon—can we love someone destined to change every day?  It’s just so mind boggling, and I loved every minute of this, especially the fact that, though there is a solid conclusion, the door is open for a sequel (and I’m really hoping that Levithan is planning one!).

I thought A’s life was really cool, especially as everything began to unravel and A began to learn s/he wasn’t necessarily alone.  The idea of tracking emails, religious uprisings/cults and all the mystery surrounding A’s dilemma of switching bodies daily was really intriguing, but even more so was the idea of A not knowing love and relationships like Levithan’s readers do.  Hearing how A yearned for those connections that I, as the reader, take for granted seeing as I wake up as the same person every day, was really eye opening, and I loved being able to understand his/her feelings while at the same time wondering how s/he could live a life so devoid of lasting contact.  It just amazes me.

Obviously, I highly recommend this novel.  It was such a great, fun read, and I think readers of all ages will enjoy it, so definitely check it out!  Five stars.5 stars

Random House Children’s Books has been extremely gracious is allowing me to read and ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on August 28, 2012.


Amairany Ra says:

Imagining being someone different every day it´s actually something interesting becasue in a way, we are every day someone different, not literally like A in the book, but we are never the person we were the day before. We are constantly changing and learning, probably we don´t realize it, but we are always different.

Pabkins says:

I see that you tend to think of A as a she. I can’t wait to read this. I think it feels like a contemporary which I normally don’t go for but it just sounds so fascinating!

Darith L. says:

This sounds amazing! I agree that this is a really unique book. It makes you think about how lucky we are to be ourselves every day.

Bea Tejano says:

I just absolutely loved A Lover’s Dictionary:) I agree with you with David’s writing, I love how its so different from everything else. I’m excited to read this!:)

Ashfa Anwer says:

I really have to get this book somehow now after reading your review…The story is pretty unique and the cover is soo cool.

When I heard about this book I was worried that since the main character changes everyday you wouldnt be able to connect or empathize with them, but it seems according to this I have nothing to worry about :) great review and thank you for the giveaways! :) xoxox

liane sh says:

Thank you for the review . I can’t wait to read this book . It sounds so good :)

Great review!
Ever since I read the blurb I’ve been curious about this book. The theme is original and intriguing.
Hopefully I could get my hands on this ASAP! :)

Suz Reads says:

This book sounds so original! I can’t even imagine waking up in a different person’s body every day and trying to life their life! I am so excited to read this book and am glad to read in your review how much you liked it too! Thanks for the info :)

jc says:

This book sounds like a blast to read, another title to my wishlist. Thanks for the review, hope to grab hold of this awesome book, soon!


Do you know the old TV series Quantum Leap? Your description of the plot reminds me so much of it. But as far as I can remember, Scott Bakula’s character never had to deal with falling in love.

The concept really does sound totally outside of the average reader’s experience. It would take a great writer to get the reader not just to buy it, but to feel that it could be real. From all the great reviews David Levithan has been getting, it sounds as if he is that great writer! =)

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