Published: 29th August 2013, Electric Monkey
Pages: 384 pages, paperback
Series/standalone?: A companion novel will be released next year - yeahhh!
Summary (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.
First impressions: From the moment I read the press release for this book I was desperate to read it. David Levithan = check, excellent premise = check, what's not to love? While I could take or leave the cover I was completely intrigued by the premise and bumped this one right to the top of my TBR list. Luckily, my first impressions were correct.
Plot: Completely unique and not like anything I've read before, our protagonist, A, wakes up every day (get it?) in a different person's body. A isn't tied to any gender, race or religion, just that each body A inhabits is the same age as A currently is. In a market so saturated with similar stories it's always wonderful to pick something up that feels refreshingly new and like undiscovered territory. One of Levithan's strengths is his individuality as a writer and he's done is yet again with Every Day. I'm sure we'll see a whole host of books coming out in the next couple of years that try to do with Every Day does, but I don't think anything will match up to A's delicately and beautifully told love story.
Writing: Oh, the writing! Instead of talking about sentence structure and pacing I just want to tell you my reaction to the last third of this book because it absolutely ripped me a new one (heart, not rump, just in case you were concerned). I woke up early one morning so decided to finish off reading Every Day in the living room, to give my boyfriend a lay in. By the time I reached the final twenty pages I had tears streaming down my cheeks, I'd underlined tens of lines because the quotes were so beautiful and was, basically, an absolute mess. I finished the book and, still weeping, climbed back into my bed with my boyfriend and soaked his shoulder with my tears. When my incessant sobbing woke him up he was convinced something terrible had happened and kept asking me what was wrong. My response? "It *sob* was *sob* so *sob* SAAAAAAAAD." Love is what really gets me in books; real, true love that makes my heart hurt. And, boy, does Every Day pack a powerful punch when it comes to love.
Characters: A is such a wonderful character and a clever creation. With A having no body, no ties to any race or background or sexuality, A is extremely accessible to anybody who picks up this book. Every Day includes everybody, it's for everybody, it's about everybody. The characters span all walks of life and, due to the nature of the story, there's something in this book for all kinds of readers. You will resonate with at least one of the characters, and that's something that certainly can't be said for a lot of books out there at the moment. As well as being a wholly entertaining book, I'd say Every Day is an important one, too.
Final thoughts: Rivalling The Bunker Diary as my favourite read of 2013, I haven't cried so hard at a book since The Knife of Never Letting Go.