Sunday, December 9, 2012

Rachel Rambles About Every Day

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.

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.

This book is beautiful, unique, and emotional. I finished it days ago, but I still can't stop thinking about it.

The idea behind this book is absolutely fascinating. The main character, A, wakes up in a different body every single day. A has no appearance or gender. A just exists as the spirit or soul in the body of whatever person he happens to be in that day. This concept is original and crazy and awesome.

When A is in the body of a boy named Justin, he falls in love with Justin's girlfriend Rhiannon. Instead of moving on and leaving her alone, like he should, he is unable to forget her. He ends up meeting her again several times, in a different body each time. So that, of course, makes things quite complicated.

Rhiannon struggles to accept A and his unusual lifestyle. There's really no way their relationship could ever work out, but A is so in love that he's willing to do anything so he doesn't have to lose her. The love A feels for Rhiannon is a bit love-at-first-sight, which I generally have a hard time believing. But when you take a character like A who is, above all else, lonely and longing for companionship, it's not hard to believe that one girl could completely change his life from the first moment he sees her.

This book broke my heart in so many ways. Because of A's lifestyle, you know that he and Rhiannon could never have the relationship he so desperately wants. This isn't a fun paranormal romance book. This is a gut-wrenching, emotional book that can change your entire outlook on life and make you feel ALL THE FEELS.

One of the biggest things about this book is the way gender is treated. A is not a boy or a girl. (Although, in the summary and in this review, the pronoun "he" is used. I don't know, I guess A just feels like a he? It's complicated...?) When A is in the body of a girl, Rhiannon treats him differently than when he's in the body of a boy. The entire novel blurs the lines of gender roles in society and everything, in a completely awesome and fascinating and thought-provoking way. This is, of course, totally relevant to today's society and everything, especially when it comes to teenagers. Every Day is the kind of book that needed to be written, and now that David Levithan brought this beautiful masterpiece into existence, I feel like it should reach as many teens as possible.

It's difficult to explain just how freaking AMAZING this book is. All I can say is, if you read it, I don't think you'll regret it. I mean, your reading experience is not going to be all rainbows and butterflies. This book broke my heart in several places, but it's the kind of powerful and emotional read that I'm so glad I read anyway, even if it made me cry a little bit.


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