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Every Day by David Levithan
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Aug 20, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: young-adult
Read from August 18 to 19, 2012

In the introduction to this book, David Levithan states that he is drawn to writing books about love. Well, this book isn't about love, not really. It's about so much more than that...the things that love is made of. Often simple, but rarely understood, easily overlooked, and always intangible.

Levithan's book has a somewhat unique premise: A, a genderless sixteen-year-old soul, wakes up in a different body every day never knowing why. It's just always been that way, so there is no way to form attachments— A only knows people for a day. But after meeting Rhiannon, A must change that. After waking up in the body of Justin, Rhiannon's apathetic, self-centered, listless boyfriend, A becomes enamored by the little details of her life. The way she hides behind her hair, the skylines she has drawn around the soles of her Converse, the surprise she experiences when Justin is just slightly different today. Thus begins A's quest to find Rhiannon every day, each time as someone new. The quest commences in a clever way, finding ways to hide the truth. Yet, ultimately A realizes that Rhiannon must hear the truth if they are ever to have a relationship. Her reaction proves to be unexpected, as she agrees to go along with this story. The two of them try to meet up every day, Rhiannon never knowing who she will be spending her time with next. That is why this book is less about love, and more about who we are: even though A is the same person on the inside, Rhiannon never gets to meet the same body twice. She finds herself attracted to some, repelled by others, astounded by the fact that sometimes gender doesn't even matter. And though Rhiannon loves A, she still has a difficult time seeing past the bodies that possess the ethereal soul.

I've already said too much, but quite frankly it could never be enough to portray the reality of this book. A must-read for young adults and not-so-young adults alike.

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