(Reviewed from an e-galley from http://www.netgalley.com)
In a previous blog post, I mentioned that some books are just unputdownable. David Levithan’s Every Day was certainly one of them. Much like John Green, Levithan has the ability to write for teens without writing down to them. By this, I mean that the author understands that teens are real human beings—young adults, in fact. Yes, they are new to the world of adulthood, and therefore may be a little more prone to mood swings or reckless behavior, but their thoughts and feelings are complex and geniune and deserve to be recognized. Young adults want to read about people who are struggling with the same things they are: first relationships, fitting in, going against the crowd, and finding out who they are.
Every Day highlights Levithan’s talent for portraying today’s youth with a new twist. The main character of this story (known as A) is not a boy or a girl, black or white, gay or straight. For that matter, it’s difficult to place A in any of the categories that we are usually so quick to assign to people. A doesn’t have a body, but instead wakes up in a different body every day. A must accept the circumstances that come along with each new body. Although this is a completely foreign concept to most of us, A has somehow learned to adapt to this unique situation.
All of this changes when A meets the love of his life: Rhiannon. Suddenly, A is breaking all the self-imposed rules: instead of going with the flow and living a new life each day, A does everything possible to spend time with Rhiannon. (Wow, it’s difficult to write about a character who doesn’t have a gender!)
Levithan creates a sympathetic character who is the antithesis of a stereotype. Teens will relate to A’s struggle to find a way to assert his/her personality as he/she is discovering who he/she really is. Every Day is not just a beautiful love story, it also raises questions about how we see others and the world around us.
Every Day will be released on August 28th, 2012.
Recommendation: 5 out of 5 lupines