Every Day

Every Day

Book - 2012
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Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307931894
Branch Call Number: YA LEVITHAN
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 15, 2019

i loved this book so much and i just loved everything about how the story was written. i love that hes not a body but a soul and that 'A' would right an email to himslef to remeber their day

Jul 15, 2019

The plot continues to thicken until the very end, I loved it! Levithan has a truly brilliant mind, the way he weaved these characters together. He created a perfect summer read.

Jul 06, 2019

Everyday is an interesting book about A, A is a being who transfers bodies everyday. A is neither a boy or a girl. At the beginning A falls in love with a girl named Rhiannon. This book is very heavy and would make an excellent book club book because it left me with so many questions. I would recommend this book to teens and teens over grade 5. Overall such a great book.

Jun 29, 2019

Very original and absolutely fascinating. I flew through this, though I wish I hadn't. Very well written. I loved it!

Jun 12, 2019

Very creative. While I'm not normally a fan of multiple perspectives, this was a completely different approach to that concept - one character experiencing many different perspectives.

I appreciated the diversity of people that the narrator inhabited, and I liked that some chapters were longer and some very very short, depending on how much there was to say about that particular visit. I also appreciated that there wasn't really a neat-and-tidy "solution".

For that reason, I don't know that I want to read any of the sequels because I'm a bit concerned that one would be attempted. Similarly, for me, the book was primarily about the narrator's unique existence and how they coped with it, so I don't know that reading the romance part from the other character's perspective particularly appeals. Rhiannon seems lovely, but she's not the interesting part of the story.

I recently read a YA novel which I liked very much. It is the story of a person who wakes up every day in a different body and must figure who he/she is for that day. The main character is 16 years old and ages normally day by day, but each day in a different body with access to a whole new set of memories. I think the author did a great job of getting into the teen feelings of identity. (submitted by RM)

Jul 10, 2018

I loved the concept and bought right into the story in the beginning but it started to wear a little thin towards the end. I think this was not the fault of the book but more because I am not the target market. I think it would be a great recommendation for a teen.

May 22, 2018

This perfectly encaptures the sacrifices made for love. I do wish that there was more time spent between the two before he decides he is completely in love, but I suppose it really shows how quickly one can fall for another.

May 09, 2018

An easy read and an interesting plot & setting. I like how it jumps to romance really fast in the beginning so it keeps the readers hooked

Apr 22, 2018

This is a fast-paced story, meaning that events happen in rather quick succession and do not tend to slow down for too long. However, sometimes the book was less fast-paced and more rushed. The first "day", for example, had a great deal of rushed narrative exposition and insta-love (my most hated trope and cliche). Idk what I expected, but it wasn't that, that's for sure. I guess I thought Levithan would have at least one day before the love interest was introduced, to introduce the main character and the world before diving face first into the plot. At the quarter mark, I almost DNF'd it, but decided not to since it was a recommendation. The rushed nature doesn't really improve.

I really don't like love stories being the A plot (pun intended). It really drags down the whole concept to just, oh, this is the story where this person is in a different body every day but instead of, idk, being psychologically interesting, they just pine after some random girl they saw in the first chapter because she had writing on her shoes. The B plot was really the highlight and I wish it was the A plot.

I thought there would be more development into Rhiannon's family life, but no, there was next to none. The whole book was basically will they, won't they? and I honestly couldn't care less.

A: Definitely my favorite character, though given the competition, that doesn't really say much. They are consistent and kind. They make for a great narrator, I have to admit.

Rhiannon: I really don't like this girl. She's upset that A can't be with her even before she's actually broken up with Justin and after A basically forces her to break up with him, she only gets pissier. I get where she's coming from, but she's just really annoying and I don't like her.

Justin: He was just a classic jerk and I wish he had had a chance to possibly redeem himself or at least have a possibility to be humanized. Instead, he's just "the jerk" and not much else.

Nathan and Reverand Poole: Interesting characters! Why weren't they main characters?? IDK!! David Levithan doesn't want me to have nice things, apparently!

The book was good. I liked it and I might read the sequel, but I have a lot of other books I care more about on my TBR, so probably not. I don't want to be so negative with this book but I had no high expectations coming in, and the fact is, my low expectations were met, and that's sad.

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Sep 03, 2018

blue_cat_4262 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

May 09, 2018

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sarahbru17 Mar 02, 2018

sarahbru17 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Apr 06, 2015

mhuynhvirl thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 20

Aug 19, 2014

Nymeria23 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Jul 02, 2013

riversprite thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jun 03, 2013

rachelhoback thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 16

MrDrProfessorPatrick Apr 21, 2013

MrDrProfessorPatrick thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

TheOutsidersFanatic Feb 05, 2013

TheOutsidersFanatic thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 18

hiddengoldtee Jan 15, 2013

hiddengoldtee thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 15


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Aug 26, 2016

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

Jul 18, 2015

"If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: We all want everything to be okay. We don't even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough."

Aug 19, 2014

“I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.”

Oct 14, 2013

“You like him because he's a lost boy. Believe me, I've seen it happen before. But do you know what happens to girls who love lost boys? They become lost themselves. Without fail.”
― David Levithan, Every Day

Jun 14, 2013

"...we all have about 98 percent in common with each other. Yes, the differences between male and female are biological, but if you look at the biology as a matter of percentage, there aren't a whole lot of things that are different. Race is different purely as a social construction, not as an inherent difference. And religion - whether you believe in God or Yahweh or Allah or something else, odds are that at heart you want the same things. For whatever reason, we like to focus on the 2 percent that's different, and most of the conflict in the world comes from that." (p. 77)

TheOutsidersFanatic Feb 24, 2013

For the first time in my life, I run.


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ArapahoeZoey Aug 08, 2016

Every Day by David Levithan is about a teenager, named A, that doesn’t have their own body, their own family or friends, their own life. Instead, A travels from body to body occupying someone else for a day. This means that A experiences what it’s like to be a boy, a female, fat, skinny, gay, straight, gender queer, popular, unpopular, homeschooled, rich, poor, a geek, a drug user, and mentally ill. Everything that a person can use to define themselves is transiencent to A. Everything except the love A feels for a girl named Rhiannon.

Before falling in love, life was fairly uneventful, because A committed to not interfering with the lives of his host. This meant that A just went along with the flow. After Rhiannon, A decided to live a life for himself regardless of the consequences of others, and something that meant even Rhiannon.

Jul 18, 2015

The protagonist, A, has an indeterminate gender, an indeterminate family, and even indeterminate name. Every morning, A wakes up in a different person's body and life. A doesn’t exactly understand this situation/occurrence, but A chooses to be conscientious about the lives of the people he/she inhabits. However, this all changes when A falls in love with a girl named Rhiannon. Together, they have many obstacles to overcome while embarking on their wildly unique love.

Aug 19, 2014

In this original novel by David Levithan, A wakes up every day in someone else's body. It's never the same person, they seem to be the same age he is, and there is no way to stop it from happening. It has been like this his entire life. He floats through each day, trying his best to not mess up the life of the person that he is inhabiting. He stays disconnected from their lives, family and friends- it's not like he can stay. Until one day, A wakes up in Justin's body, and impossibly falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. He connects for the first time. The story follows the connection between A and Rhiannon, their growing love and their complications.

platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

Everyone longs for human connection, but 16-year-old A.'s search for it seems to be a losing proposition. Every day, for as long as he can remember, he wakes up in a different body: sometimes as a girl, sometimes with a different ethnicity, sometimes with a different sexual orientation. He's long recognized the futility of trying to create lasting relationships, but everything changes when he meets Rhiannon, a girl who makes him want things he's never thought possible.

Aug 24, 2012

From the co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, comes Every Day, a novel about someone who spends each day of their (the use of their is intentional, as this person is genderless, per se) life in a different body. A has been jumping from body to body each day of A’s life for as long as A can remember. Currently, A jumps through the bodies of 16 years olds. By now A has figured out the basic rules of the jump (every day at midnight, and never in the same body) and has set up some rules to live by in order to stay sane. Rule number one is don’t get attached. Rule number two is don’t interfere with the life of the body A is currently in. Things go as well as can be expected for A until A jumps into the body of 16 year old Justin. Justin himself is more or less a jerk. The problem for A is that A falls almost immediately for Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. The rest of the novel is spent working that whole snafu out. There are some fun plots twists in here, especially toward the end, so my summary will stop here.


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Oct 04, 2014

Other: Drugs, drinking, and depression

Oct 04, 2014

Sexual Content: Nudity and sex

Aug 19, 2014

Other: Individuals are dealing with tough family issues, including death, drinking, and depression

Aug 19, 2014

Sexual Content: Characters get naked

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