Review: Every Day (Every Day #1) by David Levithan

28 May, 2018 / 6 Comments

Every Day has a very interesting concept.  I’ve never read a book like this before.  I was immediately intrigued and captivated.  I wanted to keep reading to find out more and more!  Unfortunately, I didn’t find out all the answers I was seeking.  I guess it was just unexplainable from A’s point of view?  I suppose he didn’t understand, himself, why his life was the was it was?  It’s a bit frustrating as a reader to have read an entire book and at the end not be able to fully grasp the concept.  I really want to know why A doesn’t have his own body.  Why does he go from one person’s body to the next day after day?  It’s quite frustrating, too, that A seemingly had the chance to find out at one point, but ran away from the situation.  So, he – and we – could have found out, but never did.  I would like to say that the sequel might provide some insight, but it sounds like the sequel is really just the same story told from Rhiannon’s point of view.

Having said all that, I did actually enjoy this book.  While the above was frustrating, it didn’t take away from the good aspects of the book.  I loved learning about so many different characters and seeing through the eyes of several different types of people – there was a girl with severe depression, a boy who was very obese, a transgender, etc.  The author had to create a different character – along with family, friends, memories, lifestyle – for every chapter!  I imagine that would be a lot of work.

I really liked the narrator, A.  He is clearly a kind, selfless person.  I also want to note that he is neither male or female; I am simply referring to him as “he” because that’s just the gender I felt he leaned more toward.  I feel bad that he has to live his life the way that he does – never having consistency or a family or friends he can hold onto.  It’s sad, but at the same time there is good to his situation too.

I’m not really sure how I feel about Rhiannon.  Sometimes I liked her and other times I thought that she wasn’t as good as A thought she was.  I thought she acted like a selfish brat sometimes.  However, when I really think about her circumstances, I realize that maybe she’s not so bad.  She was in an impossible situation.

Overall, I would recommend this book.  It is intriguing and captivating with good messages.  I just wish we would have been able to find out exactly why A is the way he is.

Best Aspect: Creativity
Worst Aspect: Not finding out answers

 

Looking for more opinions of this book?

 5/5 rating from Reading After Midnight
4/5 rating from Sarah
3/5 rating from Divergent Gryffindor
2.5/5 rating from Daniela Ark (Nocturnal Devices)
2/5 rating from Reviews from a Bookworm

About the book

My Copy: Kobo eBook
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Purchased

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 A wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

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6 Responses to “Review: Every Day (Every Day #1) by David Levithan”

  1. Oh lovely review! I haven’t read this book just yet, but always wanted to – I can’t wait to read it at some point. I’m sorry you felt a bit frustrated with the concept though – it sounds intriguing, but it’s also frustrating when you just want to know more, I completely get that 🙂

    • Sam

      It was on my tbr for quite a while! I hope you have the chance to read it soon! It really is a unique concept. And I think the movie is coming out soon!

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