Author: David Levithan Publisher: Electric Monkey (Egmont) Published: August 29th 2013 Pages: 372 Format: Paperback Source:: Review Copy from Publisher Add It:Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US
Summary: 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.
As soon as I read the synopsis of this book, I was instantly intrigued. It is a concept that could spark many discussions, one that could be theorized over and over and could transform a book into something incredibly interesting to read – and that is exactly what Every Day did. David Levithan has taken a unique book concept and turned it into an entertaining and highly emotional book that you are likely to read from start to finish without wanting to put it down. It may also make you question your life and the choices you make but mostly, it’ll just be a book that you will enjoy and will be glad to have given it a chance.
Imagine that you wake up inside a different body every single day, that you have no control over where you end up and you simply have no way of stopping it. This is the life that our main protagonist, A, leads. Normally he just lives their lives without changing anything or interupting anything but then he meets Rhiannon and finds that he can’t just pass this opportunity by. I found the plot of this book to be really interesting. It flowed nicely and really kept me interested throughout the novel. I was captured by all the different lives A lived, and felt a lot of empathy for his character. His life is so difficult and truly makes you grateful for the life you have, no matter how hard it seems sometimes. There were, however, a few issues that I did have with the plot, the major irritant being that A seemed to fall too quickly for Rhiannon. Understandably, if you live a day at a time, your emotions are likely to be heightened but it just didn’t sit comfortably with me, I couldn’t understand what he saw in her. There was also a second side-plot that I feel could have happened a little differently but it still worked, but was just a personal issue on my part.
I found that A was a character that I really enjoyed. It was easy to get into his mind and understand where he was coming from. He was a really sweet character, kind and generous and you could see that while he wasn’t happy with his predicament, he was still considerate of others and wished that he didn’t have to be that way. It was a lovely way of looking at his character as he could have been much worse. I really enjoyed reading about his story, felt connected to his character and felt like I could just sympathise with how he was feeling which is always great in a story. Rhiannon was also a character that I liked. She was really lovely and had a lot of stuff going on in her life. You could see that it was all really hard on her and that she was just doing her best to be the best person she can be in the face of things. She has flaws but she’s trying and I just liked that about her character. The way these two interact is really interesting and helped to make the book that much more intriguing to read about.
This is the fourth David Levithan book that I’ve read and it’s clear to see that he has a bit of a similar style in every book he writes, and that is to show the world as it is and to make sure that other characters are mentioned. David has a way of explaining about the lives of all the characters in the book, of telling their story even if they’re not large parts of the story and I enjoy this. I think it helps to make you realise how unique, yet universal, all of our feelings are. On the other hand, it does have a bit of a downside as it also can make it hard to instantly connect with the main characters as the explanation of everything else sort of puts you at a distance from the book as a whole. Fortunately, in this book, this style works really well because of the concept of the book. How these other bodies continue their lives in integral to A’s story because he’s living their lives. I found it to be another great thing about the book, and one of the reasons that I really enjoyed it.
All in all, this is a book that has a really unique concept that is dealt with in a really great way. It is a book that keeps you turning the page, that has you looking at your life and the lives of others, and makes you realise that you really shouldn’t take life for granted – especially the loved ones that you have in your life. I really enjoyed this book and found it incredibly difficult to put down. It has shown that once again, David Levithan is a talented writer and knows exactly what he wants from the books he writes. I am incredibly glad that I read this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants a book that is really different to the ones you normally read yet still has the basis of all the other books you read. It is compelling and intriguing, full of mystery and curiosity, and one that I would easily read again and again.
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **