I am wary of publishing a review only 2 days after my previous one, for fear of seeming a little desperate to tell the word about the books I read but … well … actually that is the only reason. I picked up ‘Every Day’ by David Levithan with both excitement and trepidation. A book with a concept like this one worries me, because it’s so cool, creative and original but for that exact reason I feel nervous for the author that such originality will be squandered on a poorly executed narrative. This did not happen. ‘Every day’ is an example of a great story from concept to execution, a story that speaks to us all, and at the same time speaks to no-one.
Self-named ‘A’ is a non-gendered human who, since their birth has woken up in a different body every day, they live their life without attachments – because at the end of the day they will be gone – until one day, when he falls for the girlfriend of the man whose body he is inhabiting he begins to search for a way for things to be different.
I opened the book, with, once again, the thought that Carrie Hope Fletcher had recommended it on her YouTube channel so it probably is good, but the other part of my brain was so skeptical, it wanted to ask so many questions that weren’t immediately being answered. It’s an exciting feeling though, you find yourself reading and wishing so sincerely that your brain forgets all its doubts, believes the story, and is satisfied with the way it eventually ends. There was no point in the book where ‘Every Day’ disappointed me. It was a stunning account of a human, who did not see the world the same way many of us do, and as a result it is enlightening for the reader; more things are seen as beautiful, precious, and important.
‘Every Day’ is more than a story, it is more than a romance and it is more than a concept; it is a question. How do you treat your life and those around you? As you read of a humans tale to desperately live the life they want and love the girl they want, there are instances in each tale that make you consider whether you’re living as fully, and as hopefully as you could be. ‘A’ sees beauty in so much, he finds solace in the smallest of things, that we would take for granted.
It is however, still an inventive romance, at the core of it’s soul. Anyone who has ever been in love – whether that love was reciprocated or not – will understand the desperation ‘A’ has to connect wholly, and endlessly to Rhiannon. There are small things, like wanting to know how it feels to be her, to think like her, to touch the world as she does that makes this book so intensely personal, so precisely truthful. Love is difficult to write. Well, let me expand, it is easy to write about love, and to write about being in love but it is difficult to accurately describe how love feels and what love actually is, what it means to the person in love and to the person they love. Somehow David Levithan manages to do this effortlessly, placing the reader once again in the inescapable vulnerability of being uncontrollably, confusingly, and madly in love, to remind them how it felt in order to understand the lengths ‘A’ goes to.
I often have a problem with writing solely positive notes on something because … well because everyone wants to find at least something that stops it being perfect, don’t they? But nope, I have nothing negative to say about this book. ‘Every Day’ goes above and beyond the rules of it’s genre, and strives to connect you further than any other book can. Every character in the story – and there’s a lot – is perfectly understandable and relatable. To make matters even better there’s even a half-creole character with Xavier in their name- it’s as if they knew I was going to read it!
Currently Reading: Dream a little Dream – Giovanna Fletcher