Plot: Every day A wakes up in a new body, a new life. A has been a girl and a boy, straight and gay, and every race imaginable. The only constant is the age of A’s hosts: they are always A’s own age. A tries to have as small an effect as possible on the hosts’ lives. But the day that A becomes Justin, everything changes. A falls for Justin’s girlfriend Rhiannon and suddenly wants something constant in life. A decides to tell Rhiannon everything but will she believe, will she be able to love someone who is different every day?
This review is based on an ARC received at BEA 2012.
Every Day was such an unexpected pleasure! Levithan has taken a simple boy-meets-girl love story and turned it into something fascinating and unique. The quirky concept might have been enough to carry the novel on its own but Levithan also gives us beautiful prose, truly endearing characters and a great deal of food for thought.
Each chapter is a day in A’s life. Levithan doesn’t explain why or how A jumps from one body to the next, A doesn’t know. We don’t even truly know what A is – a soul? a spirit? an alien? – and ultimately it doesn’t matter. It is the day to day reality of A’s life that is most interesting. Imagine a life without relationships, where goodnight means goodbye, where you will never be remembered… and also where you have no real consequences. It sounds terrible but Levithan also shows us the beauty in such a life: such as experiencing the different ways people taste foods or see colours.
A’s meeting with Rhiannon raises the stakes. It’s love at first sight (and really, what other kind of love could A have?). Suddenly A wants a relationship that can last beyond a day, that is truly about A and not the host. Their relationship is sweet and unconventional but it forces us to confront the notion of a spiritual love. Can love truly be disconected from a persons body?
I’ll let you discover the answers to those questions on your own. I’ll just say that the novel had a very satisfying though bittersweet ending.
Every Day will be released on August 28th 2012. I highly recommend it; I doubt you’ve read anything else like it.
Now go listen to an all-star cast of YA authors read the beginning of Every Day.
Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan (http://www.davidlevithan.com/)