Review: Every Day (David Levithan)

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.  

Every Day is one of those books that will make you think. I cannot decide exactly how I feel about it.  I am torn between thinking it’s amazing because it is unlike anything I’ve read before and hating it.

It is definitely geared towards older readers and has a John Green-esque feel to it. There were parts of the story that were so wordy it felt unnecessary (que TFIOS). Struggling readers would definitely have a hard time sticking with this one. High interest (for sure) but not the easiest to read at times. For me, it would have been better told as an alternating POV novel between A’s perspective and Rhiannon’s. I never got to see into Rhiannon much, which left me not liking what I did see.

Because of the one-sided nature of A’s story being told throughout the whole book, I found myself wanting to give up at several points, and just when I got to the point of stopping, something would happen. Something that would make me pause and think. So I kept reading. That cycle continued until the final 30 pages or so and then I just needed to know what was going on. I wanted to say it was too repetitive. That every day felt the same in some way– and that was true to a degree. But every day added a different layer. As the book approached its end, A has developed more depth. His actions make  you start to question things. Things like, what does real love look like? Who deserves love? Can true love survive the most impossible of situations and challenges? And what would you sacrifice for the person you love? That is some heavy stuff for a book I almost gave up on.

I still don’t know if I would recommend this one to younger readers. I still feel like it’s suited best for adults or older teens. There is a companion novel now called Another Day where you get Rhiannon’s side of things. That might help me appreciate the story more since I didn’t care for her so much. Regardless, I have a feeling this is a book I will revisit. Something tells me it's one of those books you might have to read again to fully appreciate. 


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