Every Day is a magical realism novel that tells the story of A., a teenage soul that wakes up every day in a different body, not knowing why or how this happens. One day, A. wakes up in the body of Justin, the boyfriend of a girl named Rhiannon. A. quickly realizes that they have fallen in love with Rhiannon and embarks on a daily journey to find her no matter what body they inhabit.
I am really not into reading contemporary novels, so the contemporary / romance aspect of Every Day was something I struggled with. It was only a few pages into the book when A. decided they were in love with Rhiannon. Initially, that insta-love completely turned me off. But the one thing that kept me from putting the book down was David Levithan’s writing style, and I’m glad that I continued on.
Every Day is beautifully and lyrically written. It was such a pleasure to read just because of the writing style. But there was one other aspect that I absolutely loved about this book, and that is Levithan’s acknowledgement of diversity in the form of gender fluidity, mental illness, racial and class differences, and even struggles with substance abuse.
The character of A. identifies with no gender, and frequently mentions being attracted to both men and women. They can’t seem to understand why people are so afraid of gender fluidity and gender identity. Levithan also gives a nod to mental health issues, allowing the reader inside A.’s head as they inhabit the body of people with varying degrees of mental illness. This was approached so wonderfully. A. also inhabited the bodies of people of different races, body types, religions, and social and economic classes – and it was fascinating to read about the public’s reaction to A. when they were in these bodies. It was like a mini sociological experiment, which is something that is right up my alley. I wish I could describe the way these scenes were presented in more detail, but alas, I am not as eloquent as David Levithan and therefore I will leave the writing to the master and suggest you check out the book for yourself.
Even though this is the type of book that I would typically stay away from, I am really glad that I picked it up and gave it a try. I really enjoyed David Levithan’s writing style and I am interested in trying out some of his other works. I am not sure if I will read the recently released companion novel, Another Day, however. This new book tells the same story from Rhiannon’s perspective, and while I did enjoy Every Day, I think I am done with this plot line. I am anxious to try David Levithan’s other books, though. If you are like me and you aren’t really into contemporary, I definitely recommend trying out Every Day as a way to dip your toes into the genre.
When you find yourself enjoying a book that is out of your comfort zone…..
…..blame it on the books.