Book Review: Every Day (Every Day #1) by David Levithan

My Rating: ★★★★★

Genre(s): Young Adult; Contemporary

This review contains spoilers. If you have not read this book, please do not read beyond this point!

Plot: [From Goodreads] 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.

Pros:

  • The premise of this book is really amazing. Like what if those days where your brother/sister/best friend/significant other is a little off is a day when they’re not actually themselves? It really makes you think.
  • A is genderless and that’s really cool.
  • The story that was going on in the background while A was trying to get back to Rhiannon was cool because it showed that if enough people got behind something, even the most ridiculous thing, it would go viral and everyone would try to prove that it’s true even though it totally isn’t.
  • The way A let her go in the end was great and executed very well.
  • Super quotable.

Cons:

  • A’s obsession with Rhiannon was kind of meh.
  • Once the “this person wakes up every day as a new person, wow cool” effect wore off, I found myself sort of skimming, but then going back and reading because something interesting would happen and I would want to know how it happened.
  • I didn’t like Rhiannon.

Favorite Quotes: 

  • “I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.”
  • “There will always be more questions. Every answer leads to more questions. The only way to survive is to let some of them go.”
  • “Kindness connects to who you are, while niceness connects to how you want to be seen.”
  • “People are rarely as attractive in reality as they are in the eyes of the people who are in love with them. Which is, I suppose, as it should be.”
  • “She is so lost in her sadness that she has no idea how visible it is.”
  • “If smart people are parodying it, that’s a sure sign that some less smart people are believing it.”

My Thoughts: This book was really great. There were parts that I was like “meh”, but I actually really liked it. The idea behind the plot is so cool, A’s character is so smart, and the way they are so selfless in the end is really great. Since I read the sequel and didn’t really like it, I think I may reread this one again and try to see if maybe I missed something and that’s why I didn’t like it? I’m not sure. Either way, this book was really, really great and everyone should read it. It lives up to its hype– and that’s not something I say often.

Links:
Goodreads
Amazon
David Levithan

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