Every Day by David Levithan

Everyday ‘A’ wakes up in a different body; the bodies of a myriad of different characters, some likeable, some not. A has come to terms with this and its consequences, until he meets Rhiannon whilst in the body of Rhiannon’s boyfriend Justin.

There was a lot that I liked about this book. I liked Alexander Lin, the last character in the book. I liked it that he played in a band. I liked his post-it quotes. Especially the one from George Bernard Shaw:

Dance is the perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire p.353

I liked the way that Levithan dealt with some of the issues, making the reader question their own feelings and behaviours: Rhiannon was reluctant to kiss A when in a girls body; she was awkward when he was fat; it becomes complicated when he wakes up in the body of a transgender teenager given that he can wake up in the body of either a boy of girl.

I liked the way that he did wake up as Rhiannon, but that there was no build up- it just happened in the middle of the book, then moved seamlessly to the next character. I liked that A could have taken huge advantage of this situation, but he didn’t.

I liked the ending

Ultimately A’s issues are no different from the issues dealt with by other teenagers, but he comes at them from a different angle; with an added dimension.

Words

I am currently reading Every Day by David Levithan. This sentence struck a chord (the protagonist is sending an email):

“I let go of the words and wonder what words will come back. If any.” p.93

I think this is what the little frisson of excitement is all about each time I press ‘send’ on an email, ‘post’ on Facebook, ‘tweet’ on twitter, or ‘publish’ on a blog post. Letting go of the words… waiting for some to come back.