Every Day
Every Day
David Levithan
ISBN 9780307931887
Knopf/Random House, 2012.
5 stars
Keywords: david-levithan every-day faith family friendship romance

Every Day
by David Levithan

David Levithan (Will Grayson, Will Grayson) invents an original and thought-provoking premise: a 16-year-old named A, neither male nor female, of undetermined race and ethnicity, wakes up every day in a new body. Each midnight, A's essence enters someone else.

A's motto is essentially, "Don't disrupt the life you're living in." The narrator attempts to access the person's memories to try to behave as the host body would in any given situation. A has woken up as Hugo on Gay Pride Day, and as Ashton Ashley, with a face and figure that resemble Beyoncé's. A demonstrates that even a seemingly ordinary person is not ordinary. So many details make a life meaningful: "Knowledge is the only thing I take with me when I go." But on day 5994, when readers first meet A, the narrator wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Rhiannon, Justin's girlfriend. "I want to be the one who lives up to her hopes, if only for the time I'm given," A decides. But over the next 40 days, we watch A's increasing desire to share with Rhiannon what this life of 24-hour experiences has been like, and to convince her to go on this journey together.

Levithan's unusual love story will make teens think about how the core of the soul never changes. A speaks of faith, love, dreams and death with a wisdom derived from thousands of lives visited over 16 years and firsthand proof of how much humans share rather than what sets them apart.

This review first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers.
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