Friday, September 13, 2013
Every Day by David Levithan
Every day he inhabits or embodies a new person. Every day he knows that he is a separate being from the one whose body he uses for the day. Every day he is invisible to the world and visible only to himself. Every day A wakes up, he or she is 16 years old and beginning a new experience. Every day is different, unique and never ending. Will A ever stay in one place and have a normal life?
One day he falls in love with Rhiannon and he meets her when he is inside her boyfriend Justin's body. The next day he can't stop thinking about her and eventually every new day he thinks of ways to get close to her or near her. One day when he is in the body of a boy named Nathan, he goes to a party to dance and hangout with Rhiannon. They talk. They connect. He says he is a cousin of a friend. He leaves the party late and leaves Nathan's body at midnight, sleeping on the side of the road. Nathan gets awakened by the police and has no recollection of the night's events. He then discovers A's email account open on his computer and claims to have been possessed by the devil.
Rhiannon then figures out that Nathan lied and wants to know why and every single part of A's being wants to tells her the truth so they can be together. But how can they be together if he inhabits a different body every day? Will she think he is insane and how can she even begin to understand A? Every Day is a indescribable, unique love story.
Leviathan has a crafted a novel that is creative, and full of insight. I liked how he describes each body and person that A inhabits and gives the reader a little bit of information on how they live their daily life. He inhabits many different types of people, from druggies, abused, confused to happy, heavy or indifferent, black or white, male or female all of whom are 16 year olds trying to live another day.
Every Day is compelling and inspirational and full of awesome quotes. Levithan has created awesome characters and the main character, A is just a wonderful, thoughtful, intriguing young adult and accepting of people's differences. I loved the characters!
My only complaint with the book is the ending. I really wanted the story to have a nice bow on the ending and I didn't get it. So I sort of feel like there should be a sequel. There has to be a sequel. Come on. Tell me it is so.
“Sometimes when you hit send, you can imagine the message going straight into the person's heart. But other times, like this time, it feels like the words are merely falling into a well.”
“I feel the universe is telling me something. And it doesn't even matter if it's true or not. What matters is that I feel it, and believe it.”
― David Levithan, Every Day