Book: Every Day by David Levithan
To be released August 28, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Summary: A is a person with no body. Every day A wakes up in a new body, unintentionally hijacking a life for one day. But when A falls in love, a life completely disconnected is no longer possible and A must find a way to connect with the world even without a body.
Characters: This is one of the most interesting premises that I've read in a long time and A definitely comes across as a well defined person. Even without a consistent body, which means nothing at all consistent in life, A has a unique voice and I was fascinated by A's life. I didn't quite get A's fascination with Rhiannon and honestly think that A wanted to fall in love more than actually being in love with her, but that might be what love is at 16. Regardless, I found myself rooting for their romance anyway. Besides A and Rhiannon, I completely loved getting glimpses into so many lives that A temporarily took over. It was probably my favorite part of the book, seeing how vastly different lives can be, but also seeing that we are all human.
Plot/Pacing: It reads very quickly and I enjoyed seeing the different lives A woke up in throughout the novel. The focus was definitely A trying to make things work with Rhiannon and while I enjoyed watching their struggle, I felt the end was emotionally satisfying, but logically abrupt. I thought it was beautiful and I cried a lot, but I have my doubts about the practicality of A's solution and I've been worrying about the characters since I finished the book.
Moments I Loved: I really liked A's afternoon at the beach with Rhiannon and I loved seeing them at the party together when A was in Nathan's body. Of the lives he hijacked, I think my favorite were the twins. My favorite A-screwed-up-their-life moment is when A is in the body of a home schooled kid with a CRAZY mom and sneaks out to see Rhiannon... wow, woman is crazy.
WTF Moments: Nathan, one of the hijacked bodies, realizes that someone took over for a day and his pastor goes on the warpath against the devil. When the final showdown between A and the pastor happens... it did not go as I expected. I loved it though, and wish there had been more.
Overall: David Levithan's writing always seems beautiful and profound. Every Day is no exception. While I wished some story lines were more developed, I enjoyed the journey A took and was left satisfied in A's ultimate decision.
Reading Challenges: This book counts toward the following challenges: 304 pages towards the 15,000 page challenge. Track all my progress on my 2012 Challenges page.
Every Day receives a Fake Steph rating of...
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