Every Day

Every Day

Book - 2012
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Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307931887
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 22 cm


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Feb 18, 2018

I’m a big fan of young adult romance, but I felt that a lot of its novels were becoming repetitive and predictable ( **cough Kasie West.**.) So it was really refreshing to finally read a book like this. A book that left you a complete mess, with tears running down your face and a box of Kleenex clutched to your chest. A book that you stayed up past midnight to finish. A book that you actually enjoyed. I could write a five-page essay on everything that I loved about Every Day. I definitely recommend this book to anyone in need of a good cry.
- @Vaseline of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Feb 11, 2018

The Quantum Leapish premise attracted me to this book and it was very much like I expected. What made the book work is that he was always in the body of someone the same age. It would have been much more difficult for him to pursue a relationship with Rhiannon had he been in the body of someone with a career and a family.

What he was able to do was address a wide variety of societal issues: teen suicide, gender dysphoria, obesity, sibling rivalry, etc. For the most part all are addressed going along with the current cultural grain, so no earthshattering surprises there.

So, the question is this: can a boy have forever with a girl if the boy looks totally different every day? Can love last through all the transformations and baggage that comes with each identity? The solution may surprise you.

Jan 04, 2018

Really interesting idea, but not executed all that well. Quite shallow - never explores one day too long. The author also has the 2 main characters rip apart the idea of "the giving tree" - which is about motherly love, not relationship love - in a strange, snobbish rant which made me roll the eyes at the author for including that. Very shallow. It had potential but was never explored. I was almost at the end and had no exciting incident happen. When the potential arrived and the author had a chance to really explore this idea, he dismissed it and simply wrote an afterthought. Very disappointing. Also the ending was an unneccessary cop out that she did not need... I'm hoping another author did this idea justice.

Feb 14, 2017

I have to give the author credit for a very creative idea... I cannot imagine waking up in someone else's body every day, let alone learning how to survive and make the best of it, and being "okay" that this is the way you live your life. When I try to picture "A", I just see a brain in a jar on a shelf. But in that mind, there is an interesting and complex human being. I think the author's construct of "physical" memory which "A" uses to be able to figure out his host's feelings/ allergies/ knowledge of situations, as opposed to the knowledge and memory that "A" brings to each situation and person is an interesting concept (and a way to get around a lot of awkward pitfalls that would otherwise occur). I picture "A" as male, not just because he falls in love with a girl, but because he seems to have a pretty single minded, somewhat aggressive pursuit of what he wants. For the sake of the story I'm glad that Rhiannon falls in love with him, but it seems highly unlikely to me. No matter what knowledge one person has, showing up in a different body all the time would just freak me out. I thought "A"'s use of email to preserve continuity with himself and with Rhiannon was clever. I think "A" becomes more mature through the course of the novel; he spends more time considering what repercussions his actions will have on his "host" after he is gone and tries to make sure the host will have positive memories of the day. (It's interesting that no explanation is ever given for what happens to the "host" for that day). *Spoiler alert* Although I was initially annoyed that in the end "A" chooses to leave Rhiannon after implanting happy memories of her in a host that he thinks is similar to himself and will fall in love with her (after finishing the book my reaction was "Did not see that coming!"), I think it is a sign of maturity because there wasn't any real way for them to have a relationship with his daily body change and he starts to understand the importance of physical continuity in a relationship. And he has more self- discovery/ learning to do as he goes off to find the Reverend to find out more about his "condition". Although the part of me that likes everything to be neatly and happily tied up at the end of novels was disappointed because I wanted "A" to find a way to stay in one body and be in a long relationship with Rhiannon, I also realized for the author it was probably better to end the novel in this way because it would probably take another book to explain why and how "A" does this body-jumping, and perhaps that is not what the author wanted to write about. Also, the characters are 16. The chances that they are going to be together for the rest of their lives is pretty slim. So it's probably better that they break up now. If this novel is really about can we fall in love with a person completely separate from their body or history, then the book says yes. I personally think it's highly unlikely in the body-changing way presented in the book, but very possible if done via the internet, although you would probably need to provide some pictures and a bit of a backstory to make it work. Just look at all the people who fall in love online with someone that doesn't exist! (who usually have an ulterior motive). If the book is trying to ask if we can fall in love with the most essential part of a person that is not his/ her physical body or shared experiences, then I'd agree with the book and say yes. But I'm probably still too optimistic about love. : )

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Sep 18, 2016

“A” wakes up in a different body everyday, having to seamlessly fit into someone else’s life. One day “A” falls in love with Rhiannon after skipping school to share a perfect day together. The overall idea behind the story is what makes it great. What would it be like to have lived your whole life being someone else every day? How does it work? What causes this? What are the consequences? The only complaint I have about this book is that the love story itself isn’t that convincing. It isn’t always clear what makes Rhiannon that special to “A.” It’s still a fantastic, thought-provoking book.

Dec 16, 2015

Every day is about A, who wakes up every single day in a different body. But then he falls in love with this girl, and spends all of his days trying to find her, and see her. I thought this was a really cool premise, and it's told really well. I liked this book, even though the main character is a jerk and the villian ends up being one of those tween adventure literature cliches. (That is, the sort of character who at first tries to kill the main character, and then it turns out he's not that bad after all, and this dramatic switch of perspective is never explained in the book.)

Oct 30, 2015

"A" wakes up every day in a new sixteen-year-old body. A is not a girl or a boy (though it was very much like a boy in my imagination, so I will use "he" to help with the description). A doesn't know who he is or where he came from. Taking cues from memory and context every day, A goes through a day in the life of whoever he has "possessed" and tries not to disturb the actual life that he's in. One day, A wakes up as Justin. Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon, is mesmerizing to A, so much so that A falls in love. A spends every day trying to see Rhiannon, traveling from whatever town in whatever body he happens to be in that day. But Rhiannon doesn't see how a life with A could happen. Never knowing when she would see him again, never being able to fall asleep and wake up next to A the next day. A has to figure out a way to convince her that it will work, or face the fact that he will have to give up and move on.

As you can tell, the premise is slightly confusing, but it is interesting to go through the lives of people all the same age, all with such different problems and quirks. A wakes up in the body of a drug addict and spends the day going through withdrawals. Another day, A wakes up as a severely obese boy who can barely walk to the bathroom without wheezing. While I could poke holes in this story in many places, I tried to just let it go and enjoy. It was a very interesting concept and I found it especially interesting to read A's 6 other days from earlier in his life. It was nice to be able to see what A saw before he met Rhiannon. I think the ending was a bit abrupt, so I am looking forward to the next one. Overall good, an easy read, but not great.

I'm looking forward to the sequel, Another Day, which is being released on July 30, 2015.

Oct 12, 2015

David Levithan does not shy away from lofty concepts in his writing, and I love him all the more for it. I really enjoyed this book. I liked being able to get into the head of lots of different people and the same person all at the same time. I definitely recommend it.

Jul 30, 2015

I am floored!! I finished this in two days, staying up way past my bedtime on the first night because I did not want to put it down. Three dimensional characters, beautiful and engaging story line, and a mind-blowing ending that will stay with you for days! Do not pass this up! Also, there's a sequel coming out told from Rhiannon's perspective.

Jun 24, 2015

Ahhhhh!!! I loved it so much!

The ending I thought could have been a bit better but other than its amazing. 10/10

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Apr 06, 2015

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Aug 19, 2014

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AL_ZOEY Aug 08, 2016

Every Day by David Levithan is about a teenager, named A, that doesn’t have their own body, their own family or friends, their own life. Instead, A travels from body to body occupying someone else for a day. This means that A experiences what it’s like to be a boy, a female, fat, skinny, gay, straight, gender queer, popular, unpopular, homeschooled, rich, poor, a geek, a drug user, and mentally ill. Everything that a person can use to define themselves is transiencent to A. Everything except the love A feels for a girl named Rhiannon.

Before falling in love, life was fairly uneventful, because A committed to not interfering with the lives of his host. This meant that A just went along with the flow. After Rhiannon, A decided to live a life for himself regardless of the consequences of others, and something that meant even Rhiannon.

Jul 18, 2015

The protagonist, A, has an indeterminate gender, an indeterminate family, and even indeterminate name. Every morning, A wakes up in a different person's body and life. A doesn’t exactly understand this situation/occurrence, but A chooses to be conscientious about the lives of the people he/she inhabits. However, this all changes when A falls in love with a girl named Rhiannon. Together, they have many obstacles to overcome while embarking on their wildly unique love.

Jan 24, 2015

The day A wakes up in the sixteen year old body of a careless boy named Justin, everything changes… Levithan’s fictional novel is a brilliant heartbreaking nostalgia that will have you inhaled into the book until you’ve finished the whole entire thing. David Levithan is well-known for many of his collaboration writings, such as Will Grayson, Will Grayson, written with John Green.
Ever since A could remember, every morning he woke, he opened his eyes in a different human’s life and body. What would life be like for you if could never care and love a person for over twenty-four hours? Never be attached to someone, never keep the friends you came to know? A faces this every single day of his life. When A wakes up in the body of Justin for the day, he comes across his girlfriend and immediately falls head over heels for her. Unknowingly, Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon, thinks Justin and her are having one of the best days of their lives’ together. A told himself not to get attached, disconnect with this girl he had met, but he just quite couldn’t pull himself to. As A fell asleep that night, he said goodbye to Rhiannon, which made him miss her even more. Taking any chance he could, he slipped away from the life he was in to find a way to see Rhiannon’s face. Rhiannon soons come to find out who Justin really was that day, which causes confusion, mixed feelings, and sympathy. Will A find a way to be with Rhiannon? Over the course of 6,034 days, A describes each of his days through the different eyes of young teenagers and manages a way to continue his life.
Unlike any love story written, David Levithan has managed to create an amazing book I will love forever! The brilliant book he has written will take you into an imagination of many eyes who seek the world differently. “She has the luxury of time. This day will be a slight, barely noticeable aberration. But for me it is the change of the tide.” This is only one of the many ways A has seen life through one girl. A never gets too attached to the body and the people he comes across in the 24 hours that he occupies one’s life. In such a way, David Levithan expresses the difficulties and realities of daily lives of fictional teenage characters. I admire this book very much as it is one of my favorite books filled with much imagination.

Aug 19, 2014

In this original novel by David Levithan, A wakes up every day in someone else's body. It's never the same person, they seem to be the same age he is, and there is no way to stop it from happening. It has been like this his entire life. He floats through each day, trying his best to not mess up the life of the person that he is inhabiting. He stays disconnected from their lives, family and friends- it's not like he can stay. Until one day, A wakes up in Justin's body, and impossibly falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. He connects for the first time. The story follows the connection between A and Rhiannon, their growing love and their complications.

Jun 16, 2014

A wakes up in a different body every day. A has never been able to stay in one body for more than a day. Now A is in love and has to try and keep the girl.

platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

Everyone longs for human connection, but 16-year-old A.'s search for it seems to be a losing proposition. Every day, for as long as he can remember, he wakes up in a different body: sometimes as a girl, sometimes with a different ethnicity, sometimes with a different sexual orientation. He's long recognized the futility of trying to create lasting relationships, but everything changes when he meets Rhiannon, a girl who makes him want things he's never thought possible.

Aug 24, 2012

From the co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, comes Every Day, a novel about someone who spends each day of their (the use of their is intentional, as this person is genderless, per se) life in a different body. A has been jumping from body to body each day of A’s life for as long as A can remember. Currently, A jumps through the bodies of 16 years olds. By now A has figured out the basic rules of the jump (every day at midnight, and never in the same body) and has set up some rules to live by in order to stay sane. Rule number one is don’t get attached. Rule number two is don’t interfere with the life of the body A is currently in. Things go as well as can be expected for A until A jumps into the body of 16 year old Justin. Justin himself is more or less a jerk. The problem for A is that A falls almost immediately for Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. The rest of the novel is spent working that whole snafu out. There are some fun plots twists in here, especially toward the end, so my summary will stop here.


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Aug 26, 2016

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.

Jul 18, 2015

"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."

Aug 19, 2014

“I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.”

Jun 16, 2014

" I am not the devil. I am not a demon."

Oct 14, 2013

“You like him because he's a lost boy. Believe me, I've seen it happen before. But do you know what happens to girls who love lost boys? They become lost themselves. Without fail.”
― David Levithan, Every Day

Jun 14, 2013

"...we all have about 98 percent in common with each other. Yes, the differences between male and female are biological, but if you look at the biology as a matter of percentage, there aren't a whole lot of things that are different. Race is different purely as a social construction, not as an inherent difference. And religion - whether you believe in God or Yahweh or Allah or something else, odds are that at heart you want the same things. For whatever reason, we like to focus on the 2 percent that's different, and most of the conflict in the world comes from that." (p. 77)

TheOutsidersFanatic Feb 24, 2013

For the first time in my life, I run.


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Oct 04, 2014

Other: Drugs, drinking, and depression

Oct 04, 2014

Sexual Content: Nudity and sex

Aug 19, 2014

Sexual Content: Characters get naked

Aug 19, 2014

Other: Individuals are dealing with tough family issues, including death, drinking, and depression

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