The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is the third book that I have read this year.
As I read the initial pages of The Fault in Our Stars, I immediately...moreThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green is the third book that I have read this year.
As I read the initial pages of The Fault in Our Stars, I immediately fell in love with both Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. The Fault in Our Stars is the best among John Green’s works, so far.
This post may contain spoilers. So, if you have not read the book yet, and would want to enjoy the reading experience, please stop reading this post. Now.
If my memory serves me right, I think that this is the first novel that John Green wrote in which the story is narrated in a girl’s point-of-view: in the eyes of Hazel.
The Fault in Our Stars is about a girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster who was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at the age of 12. Her mother thought that it would help Hazel cope with her situation if she joins a Support Group. And that’s where she met Augustus Waters. At the Literal Heart of Jesus.
An interesting book was mentioned here, which is Hazel’s favorite: An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten. The book does not exist in real life. (And it makes me sad.)
Seeing Hazel’s admiration with An Imperial Affliction, Augustus used his Wish to get him, Hazel, and Hazel’s mother to Amsterdam, where Peter Van Houten resides.
I loved Peter Van Houten! The way he writes his letters to both Hazel and Augustus, and how he described time as a slut and that she screws everybody.
The most heartbreaking parts for me was when: (1) Augustus told Hazel Grace how he lit up like a Christmas tree. That his whole body was affected. And (2) when Hazel Grace read Augustus’ letter to Peter Van Houten at the end of the book.
I really, really love John Green’s style in writing. He never fails to satisfy my expectations whenever a new book comes out. Sometimes, his works even exceed my expectations. This book made me feel a multitude of feelings at the same time.
The Fault in Our Stars is beautifully written. I had a hard time looking for a quote to place in this post, because there were literally a huge number of quotes to use. I wanted to quote the whole book!(less)
It took me more or less three days to finish this book. And I would like to thank Grace for buying me this book.
Well, I’ve heard read a lot of things...moreIt took me more or less three days to finish this book. And I would like to thank Grace for buying me this book.
Well, I’ve heard read a lot of things about Looking for Alaska and John Green ages before I actually started to read it. That’s why I wanted to read it in the first place.
The story was about a guy named Miles Halter, who became friends with the Colonel – who gave him the nickname “Pudge” — and Alaska Young, and Takumi Hikohito, and Lara Buterskaya. His parents enrolled him at Culver Creek Preparatory School. He was eager to leave his hometown because he was inspired by the last words of François Rabelais: “I go to seek a Great Perhaps”.
I love how John Green wrote this novel. His style made it easy for me to read and even enjoy the book. One thing that I admired is how the story started with one hundred thirty-six days before and ended with the same number—one hundred thirty-six days after.
I enjoyed the pranks, most especially their tribute to Alaska. It was hilarious. Oh, and Takumi made me laugh during one of their pranks. “I’m the motherfucking fox. No one can catch the fox.”
Dr. Hyde, one of the teachers at Culver Creek, is genius. I’d love to have a professor like him—full of sense, full of insights. I actually liked Pudge’s answer to his question—Pudge’s way out of the labyrinth
I promise to read more of John Green’s work in the future. Why didn’t I discover his books before? I can never express how I love his way of writing.(less)
LOVE MEETS LOVE. CONFUSION MEETS CLARITY. BOY MEETS BOY.
David Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy is one of the greatest books I’ve ever read. The book is defini...moreLOVE MEETS LOVE. CONFUSION MEETS CLARITY. BOY MEETS BOY.
David Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy is one of the greatest books I’ve ever read. The book is definitely a page-turner; I finished it in one day.
It was about Paul, who falls in love with Noah. But it doesn’t end there. There were a lot of complications involved. Like Paul’s ex-boyfriend, Kyle. And other characters like Tony, Joni, Infinite Darlene, Ted, and the others.
Of all the characters in the book, my favorite character would be Tony. He is Paul’s bestfriend, aside from Joni. Though almost every character showed signs of bravery, I personally think that Tony is the bravest. And I just love how his character always tries to neutralize things, he’s full of sense.
If I try to assess the book, I think each of us can relate to a character or two. It doesn’t make you gay if you read this, it makes you aware of all the things that these people are going through with their lives.
Aside from Tony, a character which I can relate to is Noah. He’s afraid to start a relationship again, to start opening up to someone because of what happened between him and Pitt—Pitt hurt Noah. You see, you don’t have to be gay to relate, you just have to be human.
Overall, I think this book is magnificent. It’s one of those books that would keep you reading even though your eyes are tired, it just makes you cling on to every word. I would totally recommend everyone to read this, whether you are gay or straight.(less)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson was written by John Green and David Levithan and is about two teenage boys whose name is Will Grayson. The two Will Grayson...moreWill Grayson, Will Grayson was written by John Green and David Levithan and is about two teenage boys whose name is Will Grayson. The two Will Graysons were presented in an alternating manner—the first chapter was about John Green’s Will Grayson and the next chapter was about David Levithan’s Will Grayson, and so on.
There was a clear distinction between the two Will Graysons, because: (a) David Levithan’s Will Grayson’s narration is in lowercase, and is presented like an IM chat, while John Green’s Will Grayson’s narration is written like how a typical novel would be—with all the capitalizations, and punctuation marks, and (b) John Green’s Will Grayson is straight and David Levithan’s is gay.
The book tackled on issues that most teenagers face: striving for identity, confusion, coming of age, homosexuality, going out of the closet, acceptance, sex, and love. The issues of both Will Graysons are very timely and relatable. A reader does not need to be gay in order to connect with David Levithan’s Will Grayson or the other characters like Tiny Cooper, and a reader does not need to have girl problems in order to relate with John Green’s Will Grayson.
I commend both John Green and David Levithan for coming up with such awesome characters. Also, I loved how David Levithan presented the difference of depression from sadness through his Will Grayson. Aside from the two Will Graysons, I also like Tiny Cooper. Everyone seriously needs a Tiny Cooper in their lives.
Among all the issues the authors dealt with, I admire how they presented how multifaceted love is, how it can take form in any relationship.
I’m in love with both John Green’s and David Levithan’s style of writing, and I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.(less)
I totally loved the book. It’s been awhile since I read a book of this kind. What I’ve been reading for the past months were of the genre Young Adult...moreI totally loved the book. It’s been awhile since I read a book of this kind. What I’ve been reading for the past months were of the genre Young Adult (Fiction).
The Hunger Games was about the Hunger Games itself. The Hunger Games is pretty much like Survivor, but the thing is the players have to kill each other in order to win, and to survive.
There were 12 Districts, and a pair of Tributes were chosen from to represent their District in the Games. In the end, both the Tributes from District 12, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, won in the seventy-fourth Hunger Games.
Aside from the Katniss and Peeta, I also adored Rue. She’s such a sweet girl. Well, she died anyway. And I can’t believe what the Capitol did to the Tributes who died, it’s just so inhumane.
I commend Collins for making this book. I never had a hard time reading it. The story went smoothly.(less)
Number the Stars is the fourth Lois Lowry novel that I have read this year. The story focused on how life was during the Second World War, particularl...moreNumber the Stars is the fourth Lois Lowry novel that I have read this year. The story focused on how life was during the Second World War, particularly in Copenhagen where our protagonist —Annemarie Johansen— lives.
Everything seems just how life in Denmark is supposed to be when the Nazis occupied the place, until the German troops started to “relocate” the Jews. This is when the Johansens do whatever they could to save Annemarie’s best friend—Ellen Rosen, and her family from getting “relocated”.
This book immediately got to me because of it is tied with history, though Lowry revealed in the Afterword where “fact ends and fiction begins”. Also, the Holocaust was presented in a simple manner as compared to other books that had the same theme.
The way how the development of Annemarie was presented was fantastic. From being the girl who just wanted to outrun her best friend to the corner of the street to being a wise lady doing what she can do to help the people in the Resistance.
Peter Neilsen and all the members of the Resistance reminded me of the Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Aside from Peter and the Resistance, Kim Malthe-Bruun, who was mentioned in the Afterword, got me reminiscent of Elias who is a character from Noli Me Tangere.
The excerpt from Kim Malthe-Bruun’s letter to his mother is similar to one of my favorite lines from Noli Me Tangere.
Kim Malthe-Bruun’s letter to his mother:
…and I want you all to remember — that you must not dream yourselves back to the times before war, but the dream for you all, young and old, must be to create an ideal of human decency, and not a narrow-minded and prejudiced one. That is the great gift our country hungers for, something every little peasant boy can look forward to, and with pleasure feel he is a part of — something he can work and fight for.
A line from Noli Me Tangere:
“Mamamatay ako na hindi man lamang nakita ang maniningning na pagbubukang-liwayway sa aking bayan, kayong makakakita, batiin ninyo siya at huwag kalimutan ang mga nalugmok sa dilim ng gabi.”—Elias
Towards the end of the book, the war ended and Annemarie and her family are safe, and also the Rosens and all the Jews that they helped. Lowry ended the book in such a way that there were no indications that Annemarie will be seeing her best friend again, but there is hope that the two of them will meet again. (less)
Paper Towns is the second John Green novel that I have read.
John Green never fails to catch my attention. He has a good writing style, and whenever I...morePaper Towns is the second John Green novel that I have read.
John Green never fails to catch my attention. He has a good writing style, and whenever I start reading his works, I just cannot seem to stop. He is really one of the best authors in the realm of Young Adult Fiction.
Just like Looking for Alaska, I loved every single character in Paper Towns. From Quentin, to Margo’s parents, and even Quentin’s best buddies — Ben and Radar. I enjoyed the parts where Quentin’s parents were trying to assess him. I can relate to whatever they are saying, being a psychology student.
Paper Towns is a well-written novel. Everything feels as if they are in their rightful places. That one character is carefully woven with another. It left me overwhelmed for days. I even postponed reviewing for my exams just to compose myself.
The book is full of beautiful lines, which proves that John Green is really a master of the English language.(less)
An Abundance of Katherines is the third John Green book that I’ve read, and this is the twentieth book that I’ve read this year.
The book revolves arou...moreAn Abundance of Katherines is the third John Green book that I’ve read, and this is the twentieth book that I’ve read this year.
The book revolves around Colin Singleton, a child prodigy who got dumped by 19 Katherines, or so he thought. It starts when Katherine XIX dumps Colin, one of the reasons why Colin agreed upon his best friend’s — Hassan — idea to go on a road trip.
An Abundance of Katherines is a light read, compared to Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. I enjoyed reading the book, especially the footnotes, which added humor to John Green’s work.
I really adored Colin, because (1) he is good at anagramming words, (2) he knows a lot of languages, and (3) he made a formula that could explain his Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability. Yes, this book is full of graphs and equations. It has an Appendix, which took me some time to read — It was very technical, you see.(less)
Just like Alexander Campbell and Sara Fritzgerald in Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper, Atticus Finch increased my enthusiasm to pursue a law degree i...moreJust like Alexander Campbell and Sara Fritzgerald in Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper, Atticus Finch increased my enthusiasm to pursue a law degree in the future. A novel that totally made me want to go to Law school.
Harper Lee’s work concentrated on one of our society’s issues today—discrimination. The novel portrayed how unfair people judge the people of color from the white people. This book totally changed some of my beliefs in life.
I saw how humanity is capable of prejudice. And as a Psychology student, prejudice is one thing that we try to avoid, because it is considered to be the most socially destructive type of attitude. An antagonism towards members of social groups, in this case, the people of color. Stereotype, prejudice, and discrimination were the themes of this novel.
Once you start reading the book, you’d get absorbed by its beauty and you would not want to stop.(less)
I felt an extreme feeling of sadness as I devour the last pages of the book. Maybe because a part of me did not want it to end yet. Just like what I f...moreI felt an extreme feeling of sadness as I devour the last pages of the book. Maybe because a part of me did not want it to end yet. Just like what I felt after reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It was as if there was a connection between me and the characters.
I admired how Murakami wrote Norwegian Wood. It was deeply moving that once you start reading, it would be hard for you to put the book down.
Norwegian Wood is about the coming-of-age of a 19 year-old college student in Tokyo—Toru Watanabe. One thing that’s good is that it did not only concentrate on Toru Watanabe, it also showed stories about the different people around him.
I can’t help but laugh at how Midori talks whenever she’s with Watanabe. I mean, you don’t ask a guy to think of you when he masturbates. That’s just awkward. Oh, and I also had a good laugh when Watanabe tells stories about Storm Trooper, his roommate.
Nagasawa is one of the characters that had a big impact on me. I enjoyed his arrogance, really. I think it would be nice to have friends like him and Watanabe.
Kizuki (Watanabe’s best friend) and Naoko (Kizuki’s girlfriend) both committed suicide. People cannot understand why they did it. Kizuki was very happy with his life and Naoko was already recovering from her illness, or that was what the people around them thought.
It’s amazing how a simple love story could have had different elements on it. A very thought provoking and smartly written book.
I did not write any significant quotations from the characters, because I loved the whole book. I would definitely quote the whole book if I could.(less)
Kazuo Ishiguro is the second Japanese author I’ve read, the first being Haruki Murakami. It’s interesting how the title of their novels were based fro...moreKazuo Ishiguro is the second Japanese author I’ve read, the first being Haruki Murakami. It’s interesting how the title of their novels were based from a song. I even took the liberty to listen to these songs—Never Let Me Go and Norwegian Wood.
Never Let Me Go was narrated by Kathy, who was trying to reminisce her experiences at Hailsham and what she had been through after. It was divided into three different parts: their days at Hailsham, at the Cottages, and in the outside world.
The story circled around Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth, and their kind—donors and carers. Yes, organ donors.
I dreaded the last chapters of the book, it was just heartbreaking. How their lives were already planned, already set out for them. How they can’t have children.
I initially thought that the whole idea was inhumane; don’t get me wrong, I still do. But in the end, I liked Hailsham. How they tried to prove that their students have souls too, that these students are not less a human being because they are clones.
And about the love story in it, I’ve always wanted Kathy to be with Tommy, and not Ruth. I don’t know why, I just liked Kathy and Tommy. Especially that time in Norfolk, when they tried to look for Kathy’s lost cassette tape—Judy Bridgewater’s Songs After Dark.
I had this gloomy feeling the whole time I was reading this novel.(less)
The Giver was first introduced to me by Geordane, and then I encountered it again after reading Veronica Roth’s Divergent.
I finished reading the book...moreThe Giver was first introduced to me by Geordane, and then I encountered it again after reading Veronica Roth’s Divergent.
I finished reading the book for less than a day because it was really gripping.
The Giver centered on Jonas and his community, and it started with Jonas’ apprehension about the Ceremony of Twelve, a ceremony where the twelve-year-olds of their community are given their Assignments. During the Ceremony, nineteen—Jonas’ number—was skipped by the Chief Elder. He thought that he was not qualified to any Assignment, but after the last one in his group was called, the Chief Elder explained why she skipped Jonas. Jonas was selected to be the new Receiver of Memory—the most honored position in the community.
At first, I thought that the community in which Jonas lived was perfect. It seemed nice to have everything planned for you, like the things you wear, food you eat, and whether you are eligible for a spouse or to have children. A community that encourages a time where members of a family unit share their feelings, worries, and dreams. It seemed ideal. I even pictured myself as a Nurturer or training in Law and Justice, not until I got to the latter part where the oh-so-perfect community showed its flaws. The process of releasing inadequate newchildren and the Old disturbed me.
By the end of the novel, Jonas and Gabriel climbed the top of a hill where it was snowing. There was a sled which Jonas, while carrying Gabriel, got on and rode it downhill. As they were going downhill, Jonas had a similar experience to the Christmas memory that the Giver gave him, and he heard something—music.
Lois Lowry wrote a rather puzzling ending to The Giver. It is the kind of ending that would haunt its readers long after they have read it. The Giver will leave you thinking about what happened to the characters. Did Jonas and Gabriel really get to Elsewhere safely? Did they end up somewhere else? Or did they die? Lowry left a lot of things for the readers to ponder on.
Generally, I think that The Giver was skillfully written and I commend Lois Lowry’s genius for coming up with such fascinating story. (less)
Lord of the Flies is a classic novel that focused on the “end of innocence”. A group of British schoolboys got stranded in a desert island without the...moreLord of the Flies is a classic novel that focused on the “end of innocence”. A group of British schoolboys got stranded in a desert island without the supervision of an adult or a grownup. At first, the boys celebrate this liberation from adult supervision.
Without anyone to look after them, they have no choice but to fend for themselves; thus, the boys decided to elect a Chief—Ralph. Ralph then appointed Jack and the choir of boys as hunters, who would maintain the fire in order to send signal for ships that may pass by the island, and to hunt.
The conch, a symbol of authority, held the group together. Ralph blew the conch to call an assembly, and a boy can only speak if he is in possession of the conch during the assembly.
Aside from Ralph and Jack, there are two other characters that added flavor to the story: Piggy and Simon. Piggy was like Ralph’s consultant, always rationalizing things. His death and the smashing of his glasses meant the end of rational thought in the island. Most of the boys joined Jack’s tribe and became savages. Simon, on the other hand, was the one who discovered about the Beast.
As a psychology student and a Freudian at that, I cannot help but notice the Freudian concepts that are present in William Golding’s work.
First is the presence of the three structures of the psyche: the Id, Ego, and Superego, as embodied by Jack, Ralph, and Piggy. The Id which operates in accordance with the pleasure principle and is concerned with the immediate gratification of needs was depicted by the character of Jack. The Ego, on the other hand, operates in accordance with the reality principle; thus, tries to postpone or delay the gratification or satisfaction of the Id was portrayed in the character of Ralph. Lastly, the Superego, our ideas of right and wrong and it internalizes the societal standards and moral values.
Next is about Sigmund Freud’s conception that when man is taken from civilization, the Id becomes the structure that is dominant among the three. At one point, this becomes true in the island: Jack, who represents the Id, left Ralph’s “government” and made his own “tribe” that gave in to animal instincts and became savages.
Last is about the innate evil that man possesses, the darkness of man’s heart which Freud termed as Thanatos or the death instinct, the unconscious drive toward decay, destruction, and aggression. This was represented by the Beast.
There are other psychological concepts that are evident in this novel, particularly in the field of social psychology, like: aggression, social influence, and group dynamics and group processes.
William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is disturbing yet intellectually stimulating at the same time. This, definitely, is a work of literature that survived the test of time. (less)
Insurgent is the sequel to Veronica Roth’s Divergent—the second book of the supposed Trilogy. HarperCollins released the first nine chapters online, b...moreInsurgent is the sequel to Veronica Roth’s Divergent—the second book of the supposed Trilogy. HarperCollins released the first nine chapters online, but I got the information of it being released online a bit late. I was fighting the Erudite in me from reading it, because reading books in print has been one of my sacred vows for quite some time now. The Abnegation in me, on the other hand, told me to patiently wait for its release date. The Abnegation in me won that night; but the next day, I could not contain my excitement anymore. So I went online and checked the site where HarperCollins posted the first nine chapters of Insurgent.
As I was reading the fourth chapter, HarperCollins had the site put down. I think it is because it was already Insurgent’s release date. Ergo, I had to wait for the bookstore to text me that the delivery came in already—which was really late. It was during the latter days of May when I got my copy.
I finally finished reading the book at 11:11 PM last June 17, 2012. I am having a hard time finding time for me to read since my classes started, so it took me days to finish Insurgent.
Insurgent’s storyline picks up exactly from where Divergent ended. Every page of Insurgent is filled with words that will significantly have an impact on its readers. To the point where I myself got excited as to what happens on the next page.
I loved how Veronica Roth was able to incorporate romance in Insurgent. It did not come off as annoying. For me, it was just the right amount of romance needed for the book.
What I am certainly amused at is how Veronica Roth emphasized how much a person knows and does not know about the ones he or she loves. Roth presented that human beings are very dynamic and multi-faceted.
Another commendable thing about Insurgent is that it explored the other factions, and not just concentrate on Dauntless and Erudite. I personally think that being introduced to the other factions’ way of life adds up to my overall appreciation of the book.
Veronica Roth is a master of cliffhangers. Before reading Insurgent, I thought that Divergent’s ending was the best cliffhanger that I have ever read. I stand corrected.(less)
A classic that I have been looking for since God knows when. Jay Gatsby’s huge mansion, lavish parties, and all the grandeur that New York in the 1920...moreA classic that I have been looking for since God knows when. Jay Gatsby’s huge mansion, lavish parties, and all the grandeur that New York in the 1920’s has to offer. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work is one of the most eloquent classic novels that I have read. I also loved his short story The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
The book was narrated in the point of view of Mr Nick Carraway, Mr Gatsby’s neighbor and friend. The narration was limited only to what Mr Carraway knows and to his interpretations of what was happening in the book.
I initially had a difficulty following Mr Carraway’s narration because it was too slow-paced for me. What I did was to read the first pages again, and that was when the book captivated me. I came to admire how smoothly the images came and went as I read through its pages.
Jay Gatsby’s obsession over Daisy Buchanan, the Tom Buchanan’s wife, is what steered the plot. With the help of Nick Carraway who is friends with the Buchanans, Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan met again after a long time. And that’s where the story started getting exciting.
When George Wilson was looking for the person who was driving the yellow car that hit his wife Myrtle Wilson killed her. It was the most engaging part of the book for me. Until Tom Buchanan told George Wilson that Jay Gatsby owns the car which caused Wilson to go to Gatsby’s and kill him. What they did not know was that Daisy Buchanan was actually the one driving the car when it hit Myrtle Wilson.
The arrival of Jay Gatsby’s father, Mr Henry C. Gatz, upon hearing about the death of his son was bittersweet. He was really proud of what his son has achieved. I also found myself feeling sad when nobody came to Jay Gatsby’s funeral except for his father, Nick Carraway, and a few other people. It was really tragic and ironic because a lot of people frequented Mr Gatsby’s parties, but nobody came for his funeral.
The Great Gatsby centered on a few themes, but I chose to focus on how the Upper Class can be really shallow. This was greatly shown by Daisy and Tom Buchanan. They do whatever they want to do even at the expense of others; they do not care if they hurt other people.
What I observed with the entirety of Fitzgerald’s work is that the weather sympathizes with what the characters are feeling, like when Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan had an argument during a hot, scorching day in summer. I found this really interesting because not much of the books that I have read before have this kind of symbolism.
A character that I am very curious about is the narrator Mr Nick Carraway. I cannot deny that I sensed a different kind of tension between him and Mr Gatsby in some parts of the book that did not happen only once. Also, Mr Carraway describes Mr Gatsby as if he has a hidden desire for him.
This book, though a swift read, will live you wanting for more. I highly recommend this to readers interested to know how the Upper Class conducted themselves in the 1920’s and the difference among the social classes.(less)
Every Day is David Levithan’s latest novel. The narration was in the point-of-view of the main character, A, who lives every day of his life different...moreEvery Day is David Levithan’s latest novel. The narration was in the point-of-view of the main character, A, who lives every day of his life differently from how it was yesterday and the other day and the day before that. A has inhabited different bodies since Day 1, and the body can either be a male or a female, but the thing is that A can only inhabit a body once and that person should be of the same age as he currently is.
I personally call this book as the YA version of The Time Traveler’s Wife, because it poked the right places and gave similar frissons as to when I was reading Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife. A definitely does not have Henry’s genetic clock illness, but their experiences are almost the same. The only good thing for Henry is that he can still go back to the present. A, on the other hand, cannot do so. As I have mentioned earlier, once A inhabits a body, he cannot return to the same body again.
The story picks up when A is sixteen years old and follows the typical routine of his not-so-ordinary life until he comes across Rhiannon. From the moment A met Rhiannon, he knew that there was something in her that made him want to see her every day. That’s when he grabbed every chance he can in order for the two of them to see each other.
Aside from A and Rhiannon’s story, there were other stories that were woven in this great read. Nathan finding A’s email opened on his browser, another person who is like A but can stay in the same body for as long as he wants, and all the people that A inhabited, most specially Alexander Lin.
As I go from one body to another with A, I get to see life as to how it is viewed by different people and I find myself sympathizing with A. I cannot help but feel bad about what he is going through, he goes on from one body to another but he takes the knowledge with him.
David Levithan presents a lot of recurring themes in this book, such as individual differences, perspectives, and religion. The novel offered great insights, but there were times where it felt like it was not A anymore; rather, it was already the author talking. I admit that the tone sounded a little preachy, but it does not destroy the beauty of this novel, and I commend David Levithan for coming up with such a wonderful story.
There are a great number of books that are being published today, most of them decorated with the words From the Bestselling Author of… or New York Times Best-seller, but only a handful can leave a mark, an imprint, a scar in your heart, in your being that you will bring with you everywhere you go. Every Day by David Levithan is one of those books. It tugs at your heartstrings, it leaves you with a bittersweet feeling that you get the chance to meet A and know that you cannot do anything to make his situation any better. All you can do is sympathize and it gives you some sense of guilt in the end that you know his condition but cannot do anything about it.(less)