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Every Day by David Levithan

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Every day, I am someone else. I am myself – !know! I am myself – but I am also someone else. It has always been like this.

Each morning, A wakes up in a different body. There’s never any warning about who it will be, but A is used to that. Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

And that’s fine – until 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 – every day…

This is quite a good premise for a book and I found myself really intrigued when I picked it up from the shelf in Waterstones. It was a good little read that entertained me through a bad week.

This book was enjoyable enough, but I feel like it could have been a lot more, or perhaps could have done with being a bit longer to develop things a little more. A (the main character who wakes up in a different body every day) seems to fall in love with Rhiannon in a matter of minutes, and the narration doesn’t really give enough depth for it to be convincing or gripping. That said, perhaps a longer novel wouldn’t really be a good fit for the YA genre.

The author is particularly adept in this novel at conveying other kinds of emotions though – depression, heartbreak, joy, drug withdrawal symptoms, low confidence and self-esteem. Levithan paints a comprehensive picture of how life can be for the average teenager, and how different life can be from one teen to the next. It was fascinating to see how he tackled the subject head on, and he does it successfully. He is not afraid to face the big issues head on.

I have to push harder to get Kelsea through the day. Any time I let it, the weight of living creeps in and starts to drag her down. It would be too easy to say that I feel entirely ignored. People talk to her, but it feels like they are outside a house, talking through the walls.

What’s clever about the book is that even though we get only one day with each character, the protagonist IS each character for the day and so we know them far more intimately than if they were just ‘extras’ in the bigger picture. Each character IS the bigger picture.

While not one of my favourite books this year, it’s well written and, as I say, enjoyable enough. Brilliant for Young Adults, but I think as I get older, my reading tastes are getting older too. *sobs*

What did you think of this? Am I completely wrong? Has anyone read the sequel? Should I give it a shot? Please comment below!

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