Hey, guys! Today, I’m back with another book review! This time, I’m reviewing Every Day by David Levithan!
I’ve heard some good things about it, so I picked it up, and here are my thoughts on it.
I was kind of disappointed by what I read, but you’ll see what I mean by that later.
Publication Date: August 28th 2012
Genre: Young Adult Magical Contemporary
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 324 pages
Series: Everyday series (#1)
I wake up.
Immediately, I have to figure out who I am. It’s not just the body – opening my eyes and discovering whether the skin on my arm is light or dark, whether my hair is long or short, whether I’m fat or thin, boy or girl, scarred or smooth. The body is the easiest thing to adjust to, if you’re used to waking up in a new one each morning. It’s the life, the context of the body, that can be hard to grasp.
Every day I am someone else. I am myself – I know I am myself – but I am also someone else.
It has always been like this.
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.
I’ve heard about this book here and there, but when I went to my local bookstore, it was almost calling me. And me being book-obsessed, I bought it without hesitation.
I haven’t read a magical contemporary in a while, so I decided it would be fun to dive into this world fully blind, and that’s what I did.
I loved the storytelling, and it was so fun to see how A reacts to everything every day.
I loved the book up until the last 30-ish pages. I thought that the ending was just a cop out and that David Levithan could do so much better than what he ended up doing.
It was kinda weird to see how to world built up and all, but I got used to it after about 50 pages in.
I do think that it needs a sequel because there are so many unanswered questions left. There is a ‘sequel’, but I don’t really like to call it that. It’s basically the whole story from Rhiannon’s point of view.
I’m not sure if I’ll pick it up because I hate it when authors do this: writing another book from another character’s point of view because most authors can’t pull it off.
There are some rumors that mention David writing the third book, but he never confirmed it.
I loved the whole love story going on, but there were never real ups and downs with it, it’s almost like it was just this cute little love story with a couple bumps in the way that we just skip over. There was no real climax, and no real plot twist either.
I feel like this book is just meant to entertain, like if you’re in the mood for a book that you’ll just read and not have to commit to, then this would be great.
Now for the character analysis. I chose A, Rhiannon, Justin, and Nathan. I only chose 4 because there aren’t that many consistent characters in this book as A is always moving from place to place.
I also want to apologize about this review being a lot shorter than all my others. There wasn’t that much to talk about
A is up first, as they are the protagonist.
I kind of picture A as a guy, but I know that they have no gender. It’s just that it’s the social norm for a guy to like a girl, but with gender fluidity pansexuality growing and being more prominent in our world now, I don’t know where I’m going with this…
A has to gender. A has no permanent body. A doesn’t have constantness in his life.
I kind of feel bad for them because they never had somebody who knew them as A, they just knew the body, so when all of a sudden this person is in love with them, it’s kind of scary.
I don’t really have anything else to say about A, so let’s just move on to Rhiannon. She’s the love interest of this book, so, of course, she’s gonna be a consistent character.
Her and A first meet when A takes over Justin’s body and takes her on a date. They fall in love almost instantly, and shit goes on from there.
She’s a sweet girl, insecure, and lets her boyfriend control her, which I hate in female characters. I like the girls to stand up for themselves, and not let guys step all over them.
I do understand that this whole thing is new to her, as she has to drive a while to see A, but not at the same time because they’re in a different body. And she knows she loves them, she just doesn’t know how to react to the whole situation. So that could be responsible for some of her actions.
Now, we can move on to Justin. The whole story starts off with A taking over Justin’s body so you can guess that he plays a big role in the book. But you’re wrong. He’s only there for the first half of the book, then we just don’t know where he goes. He just falls off the book world.
He was Rhiannon’s boyfriend at the beginning of the book, but then they split up (I don’t really know if that’s a spoiler because you can sense that they’re gonna break up sometime in the book from the beginning), so Rhiannon can be with A.
He’s an ass. That’s all you have to know about him. He doesn’t get better or go through any great character development. He just is an ass and stays that way.
He doesn’t appreciate his girlfriend and what she doesn’t for him, he doesn’t love her with all his heart and is just violent with anyone who comes near her and shows her affection. So you can see why they split up.
Up next, we have Nathan. You don’t really get to see him until about the halfway point of the book, so if you don’t want to know what happens (no major spoilers), then just skip to the overall rating part fo the review.
He’s the only person that figured out that he was possessed by A, and he strongly thinks that is the devil. He’s trying to make the whole world turn against A, even though they don’t’ even know who he is.
But he does go through a lot of development and at the end, I kind of liked him. KEYWORD: KIND OF
Overall, I kind of feel disappointed because I went into this book thinking that it would be amazing and would just blow my mind, but I just came out thinking ‘meh, that wasn’t that good, but not that bad either’.