Every Day – Book Review

Every Day by David Levithan

Blurb + Goodreads Summary

  

Every day I am someone else. I am myself – I know I am myself – but I am also someone else. It has always been like this.
Each morning, A wakes up in a different body. There’s never any warning about who it will be, but A is used to that. Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
And that’s fine – until 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 – every day…


That was the blurb, this is the Goodreads summary.


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. 

Review
I liked this book. It was different, but a good different. Of course, it was not perfect, there were details that annoyed me, but it was good!

It’s about a sixteen year old boy, called A, who wakes up in a different body every day. However, his inside, his mind and soul stays the same, it’s only the body that changes. A knows that he changes body every day, therefore he knows he shouldn’t get too close to friends, lovers, family or pets, because he will lose them the next day. However, one day, he meets a girl called Rhiannon, and like that, all the rules he made for himself vanish.

I should warn you, the first few pages can be a little confusing. I don’t think A’s whole…’situation’ is explained very well. It gets slightly clearer later on in the book, but it’s still pretty confusing, so don’t expect it all to be explained in the first chapter. In fact, the first chapter was so confusing that I kinda just wanted to stop reading right there and then, because it the lack of explanation means the book doesn’t really hook you in. However, I decided to read on, hoping it would get better as the book progressed.

I liked the characters. A was an interesting character, and I don’t know why, but right from the start I kinda just got the feeling that A was a boy. I mean, the book never really specified his gender, but I just thought he would be a boy – just by his personality and the way he spoke. So, for the rest of this review I’m gonna refer to him as a he, because I’m just too lazy to go ‘he/she’ every time A’s mentioned 😂. I thought Rhiannon was a great character, too. I mean, in real life, she’s not the kind of person I’d be friends with, but I liked her, she was interesting! Different, and a lot of other people may think of her character as weak, not a strong female protagonist, but I don’t. She wasn’t weak, even though it may have seemed like it. And I thought that she was in fact very strong, for fighting against Justin, in the end. All she needed really was some encouragement from A, someone who would help to open her mind a bit more.

However, I want to talk some more about A’s character…you see, I’m kind of confused about whether I absolutely hate his character, or not. Because I understand how tough it must be for him, seeing as he can basically never have a life of his own. He needs to do what the body he’s in has to do, otherwise it’ll just end in terrible consequences for that person. However, I really don’t like him. It’s sooo selfish, how the minute he met Rhiannon he just went a little crazy, bunked off school, missed exams, dates and even holidays. Okay, I know it must be really hard for him to control his feelings, seeing as on the inside, A is really just a normal person, but it just annoyed me so much, because he basically ruined everyone else’s life. So I’m confused, because I know what he did is wrong, but I also think it’s right….and I kind of like that. David Levithan has made the characters so deep and three-dimensional, that you have to make up your own mind about them. It’s no ‘good or bad’ like a normal book would have, a set character, it’s kinda down to you. There are so many sides to the character, it’s your decision what you think about them, it isn’t just decided by the author. The confusion was one of the reasons that I finally decided to pick up the sequel, Another Day.

You may have read my review on Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, where I expressed my dislike for ‘love at first sight’ stories. Well, same goes here! Here’s A, who has an unusual life that could potentially be put to use for a bad cause – he could use the body to do terrible things, like murder, and easily get away with it. However, he is good, and lives by a certain set of rules to ensure nothing like that happens. Then he meets Rhiannon, and everything he’s worked towards all his life has been thrown out of the window. Not just the rules, but the secrecy. It’s just ridiculous, because he falls in love with her in a day, and bam. Everything changes. I know some people do like to read books where ‘love at first sight’ occurs, but I’m not one of those people.

Also, there were so many unanswered questions! I mean, usually I’m all for unanswered questions, it makes you think about what might have happened, let you create the rest of the story, but honestly? There were wayy to many unanswered questions. And the lack of answers, like I said earlier, just made it so confusing and annoying. It really needed an extra chapter or too.

Let’s talk about the ending. No spoilers, I promise. I just want to warn you – I thought the ending was a complete let-down. It’s like, say the book was a graph. The chapters would be a line escalating and getting higher and higher, because it’s so amazing, it’s getting better, the reader is enjoying it more. Then it reaches the last page, and that line comes crashing right down. It felt exactly like that. I was completely hooked into the last book, I didn’t even realise that I was nearing the end. I turned the page, and bam. The acknowledgments. No more left. It just….ended. Wayy to abruptly. Like an amazing build-up, all for a disappointing finish. I think it needed some more, another chapter, even just a few pages more. It was just sooooo disappointing, because the book was amazing, I was expecting and incredible ending, where everything pulls itself together, or causes an unexpected turn. But no, it just stopped! Aaargh!

So that was my review! I realise it was much longer than my usual reviews…way longer than my other reviews…whoops! Anyways, if you like David Levithan’s other books (he’s written a lot) then you should definitely try this one out, although I didn’t think it was as…’David Levithan’ compared his other works, if that made any sense. Therefore don’t use this book to judge the rest of his books, as it was very different to how he usually writes. Also, if you like John Green, Jennifer Niven, or any other contemporary YA authors, then this book is definitely for you.

I’d rate it 3 stars…because I liked it…and yet I didn’t. However, I am swaying more towards the ‘like’ side, so 3 stars it is!

⭐️⭐️⭐️

– V

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