I, admittedly, judged Every Day by its cover-which I’m not overly thrilled about-sorry. I was also turned off by “Every day in love with the same girl.”
Do I want to pick up another teen romance? I asked myself. Do I want to sit through another love at first site?
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.
The answer should’ve been yes, but instead I put the book back on its shelf and didn’t pick this up again until I got an ARC of Another Day at BookCon 2015.
So I thought I’d give Every Day a shot and I’m very angry at myself for not doing it sooner. This could very easily have been a disaster. A new character every chapter? New mannerisms, new attitudes, new backgrounds, new families. I very easily could have been overwhelmed in the flood of characters. But Levithan did a wonderful job keeping the new bodies and their families in the background. Every chapter opens with a gentle adjustment to who A, the narrator, is that day. We’re never left to assume things about the new body or life it leads. We’re also never thrust into a situation without a little background.
As for the romance part, I did, in fact, enjoy that. In many YA romances the love happens within a few hours, seconds even, and the characters just fall into it like an open pit. And that bothers me on so many levels because Love does not happen as quickly as taking a drink of water, neither is it as smooth. So I was relieved to finally read something in which, one person, our hero, A, falls for Rhiannon upon meeting her, and she doesn’t immediately return it.
Because she has a boyfriend.
But even as the truth of her abusive relationship comes out to her, she still does not fall for A. It happens gradually as they each get to know each other.
Perhaps my favorite things about the Every Day is the idea of what love is and who can love whom. When A inhabits a girl’s body, A still loves Rhiannon. When A inhabits a boy’s body, A still loves Rhiannon. A’s sexual identity and A’s gender identity are background to our benevolent narrator.
Can’t believe I put it off for so long. Totally worth picking up. Go get it now.