I’m really happy that I read David Levithan’s “Every Day” this past week. It is one of those books that asks big questions while delivering an easy to read narrative. Some of the questions are still blurry to me, but this book was written in a unique technique which enhanced my reading comprehension ability.
This book answers the question of what it would be like to wake up in a different body…every day of your life. Imagine you having no family, no friends, and no material possessions. It’s just you. Naturally the protagonist in this book is a bit sad at this fact, having reached the age of sixteen with nothing but scattered memories. He wants to create memories for himself, he want to create a life. So this character, who is named “A,” is floating along until he meets Rhiannon (a top five Fleetwood Mac song, no doubt), and the two have to figure out how to love one another in a world where A changes to another body every day. It’s actually quite sad, but the side stories of how A helps the person whose body he finds himself in keep the narrative interesting. For instance, he helps a young woman get help in order to prevent suicide, and helps various substance abuse users abstain from drug usage. All of these are in line with young adult tropes. The best part of the book is the character development of A. As the book rolls along he realizes that he can’t be with Rhiannon and he has to find a way to avoid that pain while not abandoning Rhiannon. This is where the climax of the book is held, and it does not disappoint.
Overall, this book is great simply because it has a fresh writing technique. Very rarely can an author create a character within flat character, but this is what Levithan does in “Every Day.” Usually I will be apprehensive in suggesting books to people because I know they won’t read it, but this is a book that everyone should read once. It’s on various top young adult books of all time lists and for good reason.