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Every Day

Every Day

Book - 2012
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Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375971112
Branch Call Number: YAF LEVITHAN, DAVID
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 22 cm.


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May 02, 2021

I liked the first half, but when it got to the mystery type of part, I liked it less.

Mar 25, 2021

This book I literally don't know what to say about it. I mean if you like to read a person switching body from body every day and was fine with it, until he fell in love with a girl and now, can't stop getting over her and wants to see her but is always seperated since, changing into a different body everyday duhhhhh.... So it's kind of two lovers love each other but are kind of stuck....Oh yeah there's a movie about this book so i guess check it out.

Mar 04, 2021

This is definitely in my top 3 favourite books. I just wish there was a sequel 100% would read again.

May 09, 2020

A fun little romp through theory of mind without giving the reader much to think about regarding minds or theory.

People are such interesting things. They have a richness that comes from their experiences. One can guess at what they're going to get into in any interaction, one can plan it out for as long as one wishes to hypothesize, but it isn't until one looks back on a given moment in time that one can say with any certainty how it came to be.

Enough with platitudes and onto the absurdities of reading too much and being interested in too little.

Ultimately this young adult novel was just another one of those books written by a wise one (adult) about fools who have no self-control (teenagers) and that's just not interesting. People have nuanced lives that we get drawn into. Even if they get punted from life to life there must be something a little more interesting about them than erratic behavior and romance. And the ethical conundrums should have a little more meat than "I told you so."

Despite my obnoxious opening statement, and general pretension at whatever I'm pretending to be right now this book made me think about a lot of different things - even making me laugh a couple of times, though I worry that the things I was laughing at were maybe not intended to be funny, but it ultimately left me thinking about the book and not the characters. It left me as an outsider looking in. This probably makes me resentful so I'm taking it out on the book instead of working on myself.

Mar 03, 2020

This story somehow hit really close to home. There is a clear message about how love is something that can transcend over appearance, gender, race, etc. Also, about how the amount of time you have is limited— this goes for everybody, not just the main character. Seriously read it. I ugly-sobbed for nearly 15 minutes.

“Ultimately, the universe doesn’t care about us. Time doesn’t care about us. That’s why we have to care about each other.”

AlishaH_KCMO Feb 04, 2020

Every Day is a story about "A" - someone who wakes up in a different body every morning. "A" has always been like this since they can remember, and they have just come to accept how they are - until they meet Rhiannon. "A" wakes up as Rhiannon's boyfriend, Justin, and they go on date. Suddenly, "A" moves all other lives to be around or near Rhiannon as best as they can, even if they know it's a struggle.

This was my first book by David Levithan and I was pretty excited about it because I know he gets such high praise. The book just didn't have the magic for me... It's a cool concept fantasy novel that explores what it's like to be a different person everyday, to be genderless, to be without self really, and also to be in love - but it's done in a creepy way. There's stalking, lying, cheating... it gets messy.

I'm not fond of the characters. "A" is a jerk - noted as a "nice person," the only one who can see who Rhiannon really is. Once "A" meets her and instantly falls in love, they stalk her and make the host bodies skip school, miss tests or practices, important events, or lie to their parents. Afterwards, "A" can manipulate the hosts' memories to really whatever works best with the plot. Rhiannon doesn't seem to have much to offer either.

The plot resolved around "A" being with and around Rhiannon, and during the time they're not, the story gets kind of just skimmed over. It's a romance YA story that's for sure, but I wish there was more at stake than just wanting to be with someone.

The pacing of the story was slow, but it's still a fast read. I can't say I enjoyed the book fully; there were some parts that I found interesting, and I read to the end to know what happened, but it had too many issues for me and ended on a note I'm not fond of.

Jul 15, 2019

i loved this book so much and i just loved everything about how the story was written. i love that hes not a body but a soul and that 'A' would right an email to himslef to remeber their day

Jul 15, 2019

The plot continues to thicken until the very end, I loved it! Levithan has a truly brilliant mind, the way he weaved these characters together. He created a perfect summer read.

Jul 06, 2019

Everyday is an interesting book about A, A is a being who transfers bodies everyday. A is neither a boy or a girl. At the beginning A falls in love with a girl named Rhiannon. This book is very heavy and would make an excellent book club book because it left me with so many questions. I would recommend this book to teens and teens over grade 5. Overall such a great book.

Jun 29, 2019

Very original and absolutely fascinating. I flew through this, though I wish I hadn't. Very well written. I loved it!

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Aug 26, 2016

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.

Jul 18, 2015

"If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: We all want everything to be okay. We don't even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough."

Aug 19, 2014

“I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.”

Oct 14, 2013

“You like him because he's a lost boy. Believe me, I've seen it happen before. But do you know what happens to girls who love lost boys? They become lost themselves. Without fail.”
― David Levithan, Every Day

Jun 14, 2013

"...we all have about 98 percent in common with each other. Yes, the differences between male and female are biological, but if you look at the biology as a matter of percentage, there aren't a whole lot of things that are different. Race is different purely as a social construction, not as an inherent difference. And religion - whether you believe in God or Yahweh or Allah or something else, odds are that at heart you want the same things. For whatever reason, we like to focus on the 2 percent that's different, and most of the conflict in the world comes from that." (p. 77)

TheOutsidersFanatic Feb 24, 2013

For the first time in my life, I run.


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Jul 18, 2015

The protagonist, A, has an indeterminate gender, an indeterminate family, and even indeterminate name. Every morning, A wakes up in a different person's body and life. A doesn’t exactly understand this situation/occurrence, but A chooses to be conscientious about the lives of the people he/she inhabits. However, this all changes when A falls in love with a girl named Rhiannon. Together, they have many obstacles to overcome while embarking on their wildly unique love.

Aug 19, 2014

In this original novel by David Levithan, A wakes up every day in someone else's body. It's never the same person, they seem to be the same age he is, and there is no way to stop it from happening. It has been like this his entire life. He floats through each day, trying his best to not mess up the life of the person that he is inhabiting. He stays disconnected from their lives, family and friends- it's not like he can stay. Until one day, A wakes up in Justin's body, and impossibly falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. He connects for the first time. The story follows the connection between A and Rhiannon, their growing love and their complications.

platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

Everyone longs for human connection, but 16-year-old A.'s search for it seems to be a losing proposition. Every day, for as long as he can remember, he wakes up in a different body: sometimes as a girl, sometimes with a different ethnicity, sometimes with a different sexual orientation. He's long recognized the futility of trying to create lasting relationships, but everything changes when he meets Rhiannon, a girl who makes him want things he's never thought possible.

Aug 24, 2012

From the co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, comes Every Day, a novel about someone who spends each day of their (the use of their is intentional, as this person is genderless, per se) life in a different body. A has been jumping from body to body each day of A’s life for as long as A can remember. Currently, A jumps through the bodies of 16 years olds. By now A has figured out the basic rules of the jump (every day at midnight, and never in the same body) and has set up some rules to live by in order to stay sane. Rule number one is don’t get attached. Rule number two is don’t interfere with the life of the body A is currently in. Things go as well as can be expected for A until A jumps into the body of 16 year old Justin. Justin himself is more or less a jerk. The problem for A is that A falls almost immediately for Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. The rest of the novel is spent working that whole snafu out. There are some fun plots twists in here, especially toward the end, so my summary will stop here.


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Oct 04, 2014

Other: Drugs, drinking, and depression

Oct 04, 2014

Sexual Content: Nudity and sex

Aug 19, 2014

Other: Individuals are dealing with tough family issues, including death, drinking, and depression

Aug 19, 2014

Sexual Content: Characters get naked

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