Review: Every Day by David Levithan + interview

Every Day by David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date:  August 28, 2011
Source: E-galley from NetGalley

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!! 


6 Responses to “Review: Every Day by David Levithan + interview”

  1. Sarah says:

    OMG STACY! Your IDOL DAVID L!! How you kept it all together I will never know–HOW AWESOME!

    That is the next book I’m picking up after, Ask the Passengers-totally wanted to read that for me, and now David says so too…wow… Nancy thanks for the review!!

  2. Shari Green says:

    You know, when I first heard about this book it didn’t really grab me…don’t know why. But the premise is awesome, so I am really glad to hear how much Nancy loved it! I’ll definitely read it! (I really loved David’s book, LOVE IS THE HIGHER LAW — have you read it? So good.)

  3. Shari Green says:

    PS – Just watched the interview. Awesome!

    I loved ASK THE PASSENGERS, too. (If you haven’t read it yet, I’m giving away a copy on my blog this week, lol.)

  4. stacy says:

    Thanks Shari, and no haven’t read that one or Ask the Passengers. Yet.

  5. stacy says:

    Sarah, I KNOW, RIGHT?! <3

  6. Karen says:

    Could you list the titles of the book recommendations? It was hard for me to catch them as I had never heard of any of them. Thanks. I loved Every Day. Very unique and thought provoking.

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