Every Day by David Levithan: A Book Review

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Photo Courtesy of Good Reads.

“I wake up. Immediately I have to figure out who I am. It’s not just the body-opening my eyes and discovering whether the skin on my arm is light or dark, whether my hair is long or short, whether I’m fat or thin, boy or girl, scarred or smooth. The body is the easiest thing to adjust to, if you’re used to waking up in a new one each morning. It’s the life, the context of the body, that can be hard to grasp. 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.”

When this book came out almost four years ago, I read the first page and it didn’t catch my attention, even though when I look back at it now, it is perfectly intriguing. The novel itself is not only about this 16-year-old person waking up as someone else every day, but also about one day falling in love with the most perfect girl and wanting to be with her for the rest of his/her life. This is a task that is not easy for normal human beings, let alone A, what the main character calls itself.

In a sense, this might sound boring, but what really caught me was how A spoke. Since A is not one person, he/she sees the world through a whole other lens and it’s quite amazing to read. By waking up in different bodies, you experience what it’s like, in A’s eyes, to be a different race, gender, and size. It also even looks at disorders. On top of all of that, you get to hear what A feels love is and should be like.

Don’t worry though, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. The book can become eye opening in a very dark way, especially when things start to go wrong and A starts to take risks that should have never been done.

In the end, I felt that I should have cried, but since the only author to crack that safe is John Green, I didn’t. Speaking of, Green and Levithan have worked together to write Will Grayson, Will Grayson and gave Levithan a thumbs up to write this novel “and not steal his idea from him,” according to the acknowledgments in the back. Levithan has collaborated with other authors and artists such as Brian Selznick, Jonathan Farmer, and Rachel Cohn, as well as writing his own solo novels. You’ve probably watched Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which was co-written by him, and another adaptation was recently released [you can watch it on Netflix], Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List.

With all of this being said, I will leave you with my favorite quote from the novel….

“If you stare at the center of the universe, there is a coldness there. A blankness. Ultimately, the universe doesn’t care about us. Time doesn’t care about us. That’s why we have to care about each other.”