Review: Every Day by David Levithan + interview
Nancy’s Take: It’s not often that I am so completely blown away by a story. I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days, and I texted all my friends to say “You MUST read this book!” Original, fresh, thought provoking and poignant.
Can you truly love someone regardless of what they look like, or their gender? Is it really who you are inside that matters most, or does the packaging matter as well? It takes some time for A to convince Rhiannon that he is who he says he is, especially since he looks different every time. Rhiannon is comfortable with him when he’s a male, but not so comfortable when he’s a female. It’s also difficult to see each other every day, when A jumps not only from body to body, but across distances and towns.
Actually, we’re never really sure A is a male (and neither is A) since A inhabits males and females, black, white, red and yellow skins; I’m using “he” as a generic pronoun.
I wonder how A could be as well-adjusted as he was – different parents each day would make it difficult for him to bond or trust or even love, knowing the next day brings a new family. No intimacy with anyone, never really making a friend or having someone to lean on – that made my heart hurt.
But what IF he could stay in someone’s body … for good? Would he do it, even at the expense of the other person?
Well, this book left me near tears and it really made me think. Isn’t that what good books are supposed to do?
Stacy recently sat down with David Levithan and Katie from Mundie Moms and talked Every Day!!