Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Best For: 7th grade and up
My Take: This was my first read by the acclaimed Levithan and it did not disappoint. A girlfriend suggested it at my adult book club – she was reading it with her students and they were entranced. I must say, I was too.
The story’s main character, “A” is a 16-year-old who wakes up in a different teenage body every morning. “A” does not know why this happens, but has learned to accept it – that is, until he is in the body of a boy named Justin. While in Justin’s body, although able to access Justin’s thoughts, “A” portrays more of his own personality and feelings instead of his host’s. The reason? Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon.
After spending a wonderful day together, “A” struggles with his own emotions and feelings towards Rhiannon. He knows that Justin does not treat her right and she is not happy, and he feels compelled to be with Rhiannon.
Eventually, “A” takes a risk and tells Rhiannon the secret of who he is (and isn’t). Both characters struggle with the unusualness of “A’s” condition. “A” becomes consumed with his feelings for Rhiannon and in the process, the lives of his daily hosts are compromised.
Every Day is a beautiful story of teenage love and hope. There is plenty of room left for speculation and imagination. Bonus? There is a sequel told from Rhiannon’s perspective called, Another Day. You can bet that is already on my bookshelf!
Bottom Line: Give this to a student who loves to let their imagination run wild or who is having relationship drama!