In the novel Every Day by David Levithan, Levithan expresses, through the main character named “A,” what it’s like to live a different life everyday. “A” takes on the gender of a person into whom he jumps for that one day only. Could you even imagine what it’s like to never wake up in the same body everyday, to never know which gender you’ll be, to never have the same friends, family? “. . . Imagine being homesick, but without having a home” (Levithan 105-106). Everything’s different. Everything and everyone is stripped away from you after living a person’s life for only one day. Every day is different. What happens if you make a connection with someone special, or even worse… fall in love? “A” can wake up as a boy who has a broken bone or a girl who has cancer. The possibilities are endless. However, when waking up in a boy named Justin’s body, he establishes the fact the Justin has a girlfriend Rhiannon that “A” falls in love with. He cannot stop thinking about her after he is released from Justin’s body. “A” wants to be with her every second and everyday. Can he? Will life always be like this? Am I the only one? “A” wonders if the answers to the life s/he lives will ever be revealed.
When reading this book I was always on the edge of my seat, always wondering what’s next. You know how some books are pretty predictable about what happens in the end? Well, this ending you will never see coming. The conflicts that appear in the book kept me wanting more; I wanted to know how they were solved, and why they were even started. The concept of the book had me wondering what my life would be like if I lived a different life every day. How I would feel curious about why this is happening to me.
I would give this a book a “5 out of 5 books” because the plot always kept me on the edge of my seat and the whole concept grabbed my attention from the start. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars by John Green then I would recommend this book Everyday by David Levithan for the concept of always wondering what happens, is the similar between these two books.
–By Lauren C.