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Every Day by David Levithan

September 22, 2017

Each day, a new home. Each day, a new gender. Each day, a new family. Each day, the same love. Every Day, by David Levithan, is the fascinating tale of “A,” a being that occupies a different body every day. Although each day is different for “A,”  there are two rules that stay the same: do not make lasting connections and do not leave any altering effects. He follows these rules precisely, until he meets Rhiannon.

When “A” wakes up in Justin’s body, he believes this day will be like any other, until he meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon, with whom he feels an instant connection. When their day together finally comes to a close, “A” knows he is breaking his own rule. He falls in love.

Each day after, “A” does everything in his power to find his way back to Rhiannon, no matter the consequences to the body he’s in. In this, he loses all of his convictions for the rules to pursue his love for Rhiannon. However, while “A” fights to find Rhiannon again, Rhiannon has trouble seeing “A” as himself, rather than the body that he’s in. Day after day, he makes his way to her with reckless abandon, but some obstacles are too great, even for the strongest bonds of love.

Because “A” finds himself with a new identity every day, he is totally accepting of all types of bodies and minds, and he understands the struggles of each and every type of person.

Coming in with a refreshing point of view, this book speaks to themes of acceptance, the search for happiness, and inner versus outer beauty.

I would absolutely recommend this book because it shows how all types of minds struggle through problems of the same root, no matter how different you may think you are. In society, close-minded people face questions of equality, gender, race, and orientation, but this book cuts through these issues in a subtle, but equally moving way. “A” shows the readers that, no matter what type of body you are given, every mind is equal. Levithan speaks through the text about some of the biggest social issues we face today, and answers questions asked by people all over the world with one simple letter: “A,”

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