Author: David Levithan
Series: Every Day #1
Publication: September 18, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought from Bookworm's Place
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
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.
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This is my first David Levithan book and I was so lucky to have stumbled upon an online book shop selling pre-loved ones. As soon as I saw it (in such a perfect condition), I know in my heart its the one for me. The effort of traveling and staying under the scorching sun just to get it was worth it.
A is a sixteen-year-old entity/soul/person that wakes up everyday on a different body. A could be a male or a female. In the novel, A is more of a guy. With all of the rules he's set to avoid damaging someone's life, he is used to being just someone for a day. But a fateful morning changed everything for him. He wakes up on Justin's body, a regular teenager, and when A sees Justin's girlfriend Rhiannon, he knows she's the one. The problem is, how to tell her about his secret and how to make her love him back.
Every Day is a little similar to the movie 50 First Dates. Adam Sandler needs to court and make Drew Barrymore fall in love every morning when she wakes up. And with this novel, A needs not to only prove his intentions but make love work. I don't know how to put my feelings for A in words but sadness is the major feeling I have. He doesn't have his own life, family, body even which is very depressing. He has to be very careful not to ruin anyone of his host's lives and that makes his existence limited and pointless. But despite of his current standing, he manages to convey benevolence and respect to others. With all the hardships he's facing, he doesn't lose bearing of his values. And those are some of his traits that definitely struck my heart hard.
The premise is definitely fresh and my first David Levithan novel didn't disappoint at all. I could say it lived up to the hype. It is engrossing to a point that you wouldn't put it down anymore and just keep on flipping the pages. The beauty of story will embrace your heart with so much compassion and appreciation and the fact that it also depicted so many teen issues with care is truly movable.
Every Day is a book I recommend not only to young adults but to adults as well. There are plenty of good things enclosed in the novel that anyone will love. This will strike home. Its gentleness, warmth and longings will surely melt your hearts that you would ask for more. Because I want more.
"If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: We all want everything to be okay. We don't even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough."
"I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday."
"This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible. And when it’s just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be."