Every Day by David Levithan - 324 pages
ARC courtesy of Random House
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.
My Review: 4 stars
I loved this book. The author took us to a place of fantastical realism so simply and so tenderly that the book was impossible to put down. The protagonist, A, is living and surviving the only life he knows how with unwarranted maturity for a 16-year-old boy. In my opinion, the book stands in the YA category only because of the many lives he inhabits that deal with the “hot topic” teen problems that face them: obesity, depression, gender issues, rules, sexuality etc. Those issues are completely upended by A’s plight to fall in love and be “normal” as best he knows how. Highly recommend!
Quotes I liked:
- “I feel such a tenderness for these vulnerable nighttime conversations, the way words take a different shape in the air when there’s no light in the room.”
- “Justin appears to hanging on my every word, but he isn’t listening at all.”
- “I know our nakedness means something. I know our nakedness is as much a form of trust as it is a form of craving.”
- “I wanted love to conquer all. But love can’t conquer anything. It can’t do anything on its own. It relies on us to do the the conquering on its behalf.”
- “Ultimately, the universe doesn’t care about us. Time doesn’t care about us. That’s why we have to care about each other.”
Tags: 2013, Fiction, Coming Of Age, YA, Fantasy
Labels: 2013, Coming Of Age, Fantasy, Fiction, YA