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In EVERY DAY by David Levithan, A wakes up in a different body every day. It doesn't matter whether they're boys, girls or something inbetween. He lives a new life every day, meeting new people and forming new relationships. But for A, nothing is every stable. When he meets Rhiannon, A doesn't want to go on to the next body anymore, he just wants to be with her forever. Now he has to find a way to stay with her, even if that means having to share his biggest secret.
What intrigued me: I read BOY MEETS BOY a while ago and absolutely loved it. I had to try this by Levithan and I'm very glad I did.
The Master of Character Voices!
I am blown away by how well David Levithan is able to pose as a teen. Reading about A is intimate. It makes you feel like you’re snooping in someone’s diary. A is such a beautifully developed character and every single one of the people he inhabits stayed with me. The diversity in this novel is remarkable. Boys and girls of every possible sexual orientation, poc, so many different personalities, I just. Wow. This novel makes it hard not to grow fond of each and every character.
It’s difficult to critique the plot because the novel is basically a diary. Snapshots of his life that are all a bit random but after you’ve read it all, seem to fit together perfectly. It revolves around A’s love interest and usually I’d be annoyed by that, but Levithan actually justifies the pure romance plot with his beautiful,beautiful writing. And also the fact that there is little to no physical contact between the two.
What makes the story so unique and different from all other romance novels that there are out there, is the fact that most of the falling-in-love happens when they aren’t together. A made me admire Rhiannon by his words and thoughts, even though when she appeared, I wasn’t intrigued at all. The ending was inevitable and I bow to Mr Levithan that he had the strength to write it like this instead of giving it a cheesy ending. Of course it left me there standing, wanting more, and needing to know what happens now, but I fear I will never know. These are the kind of novels that stay with you and solely for that, it already deserves your recognition.
Pitch-perfect teen voice, down to the point, no rambling. I love Levithan’s writing. There’s nothing more pleasant than a clear writing voice.
Overall: Do I Recommend?
Well, if you’ve read the entire critique, you probably already know that I might show up on your doorstep and slam the book into your face, if you don’t decide to read it on your own. Levithan gives the diversity that we need in this day and age (in all his works!) and delivers is beautifully in a sad romance story, that isn’t really a romance after all. I need you all to give it a try.This novel is simply amazing.
Published: August 28th 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA / Contemporary
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"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."
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