Everyday by David Levithan

January 12, 2018

Everyday a different body. Everyday a different life. Everyday the same love. In the book Everyday by David Levithan, the main character is named “A.” Its life is extraordinary compared to the rest of his surroundings. Everyday, “A” wakes up in a different body. Because “A” occupies a variety of bodies day after day, it always wakes up in a different location within a 2-to-3 hour radius. “A”  has never had the experience to be in a person’s body for more than 24 hours, and this is a challenge.  From the start, “A” claims that its life had been like this from when it was born, and it cannot even recall who its parents are.

How would you feel if you were in “A’s” position? Waking up each day knowing your existence is going to be like this for the rest of your life. One day, “A” wakes up in the body of a boy named Justin. “A” expects this day to be like any other day, but he is wrong. That evening “A” meets a girl, Rhiannon. “A” never thought that he would ever feel love, but for the first time in his life he does. Though he just met this girl, he has found someone where he feels some sort of connection. “A” feels this way because when he tells Rhiannon about his unbelievable life, she accepts him for who “A” is. After all, this does not stop Rhiannon from seeing him. “A” thought this would drive her away from him but it grew them closer than before. He thinks about her constantly, when he gets up and when he goes to sleep. “A” has found someone who he wants to be with day after day.  “A” knows that he is breaking the rule because in the beginning of each day he is able to access information on the person he is in. When he accesses information, it informs “A” about the person. If “A” behaves and does things that the person would not do,  it can harm the person’s life but sometimes he just can’t help himself. His feelings for Rhiannon is making his life more complicated. Will he express his feelings to Rhiannon or will he keep it to himself for the good of the person’s future? Read this book to find out!

I recommend Everyday by David Levithan to teenagers who like stories that are suspenseful.  It is a book that is hard to stop reading because you constantly want to know what is going to happen next to “A”. Also this is a good read since there are many lessons. David Levithan expresses that your actions can result in consequences. This is shown with “A” because sometimes he cannot control his actions because sometimes he forgets that he is in another person’s body.  Another lesson learned is about gender identity. It makes readers understand the difficulty of not knowing who you are as a person. In the book, “A” says “there were days I felt like a girl and days I felt like a boy, and those days wouldn’t always correspond with the body I was in. I still believed everyone when they said I had to be one or the other” (Levithan, 254). “A” gets confused whether he is female or male and this can be frustrating because one day you feel like your a male and the next day you feel as if your a female. This topic is important for this generation because today the issue of identity and gender are common.

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