In Every Day by David Levithan, readers are introduced to A, who does not have their own body, but instead wakes up each morning in the body of a different 16-year-old. This has been happening for A’s entire life, and they aren’t sure how or why it happens. What they do know is how to go through a routine– find out who’s body they are in and survive through the day without doing any damage. But things change when A inhabits Justin’s body and falls head over heels in love for his girlfriend, Rhiannon. When they wakes up the next day (and every day after that) in a new body, their routine of causing as little damage of possible is thrown to the side, and instead their main goal is to find Rhiannon.
I absolutely adored this book from the moment I started reading it. I picked up Every Day for Diverse-a-Thon (more info about that here), as it was recommended on the group rec list for discussing gender in a new and innovative way. As I got further into the book, I realized that it touched on more than just gender– there were also incredible revelations about sexuality, race, disability, and body image all wrapped up in this novel! I was very hesitant about this book when I read the synopsis, but was very happily surprised with how much of a punch it managed to pack with such an interesting plotline.
Every Day was a quick read, too– I finished it in one sitting! I literally couldn’t put it down. I think that had to do with the endearing protagonist and the desire I had to find out what would happen to A, and the fact that the book was divided into bite-sized chapters.
My only possible con was the insta-love that A had for Rhiannon. I totally got the desire to have a stable relationship inside of A’s crazy life, but I’m not sure why they went off the rails for one girl after only spending a short part of a day with her. It didn’t bother me too much, as their connection deepened and thus made more sense to me as the book went on, but I was a little weirded out by that at first.
Overall, Every Day was SUCH a meaningful read.
Until next time,