Wednesday, 26 February 2014


Every Day 
by David Levithan
Published: August 28th 2012(hardcover), September 1st 2012 (paperback)
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Genre: YA, Contemporary 

"Each morning, A wakes up in a different body. There's never any warning about who it will be, but A is used to that. Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. And that's fine - until 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." -from Goodreads

The premise of the book was a really intriguing concept to me, A, our main protagonist wakes up in a different body every day and not having a permanent 'residence' so to speak. Don't think that you will get any indications as to WHY this happens because you won't get it, but for once not having all of your questions answered is okay and doesn't hinder the story in anyway at all. 

This is my first David Levithan novel and I will definitely be reading more of his work. His writing was very fluid and imaginative, he is also very capable of capturing the way a teenager would speak (all of the bodies that A inhabits are of around a similar age) and think and act, even if the situation isn't exactly normal. 

It is one of the first contemporary novels that I have read that I haven't guess every single plot line, obviously there are some cliques in that A falls in love but overall there were a few parts of the story that left me genuinely surprised. 

Its hard to describe the relationship between A and Rhiannon, a girl A meets when inhabiting the body of Justin, because A is not a stationary character, meaning that Rhiannon has to try and fall in love with the personality regardless to what the body looks like every single day. I know I would find this difficult, never being able to put a face to someone that you love. Levithan, for the most part handles a book that could become repetitive extremely well, mostly due to the change of characters from A's constant changing of bodies. Each and every body that A inhabits is completely unique and individual so you are never left feeling bored and Levithan mostly avoids stereotypes which is not a common occurrence with teen contemporary novels.

Although at times I found Rhiannon frustrating I could also sympathise with her because she really was confused. How could you love someone without them ever being the same person again?

I would recommend this book because the main protagonist is an ever changing specimen and for once we have witnessed a contemporary that is not exactly the same as every other one on the market. 


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