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ISBN13: 9780307931887
ISBN10: 0307931889
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Joel Haack, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by Joel Haack)
An impressive book, touching on questions of identity, gender and sexuality, parent-child relationships, undocumented immigrants, prejudice against the obese, etc., in a context that is interesting and accessible. Besides that, it's a good read, I found myself wanting very much to know how everything would be resolved, and I was satisfied with the integrity of the ending.
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Melissa Levine, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Melissa Levine)
This is an entirely original novel that is both entertaining and thought provoking. While it is a young adult novel, it is a great book that readers of all ages should enjoy. The message about humanity, and how similar we all are at our core, is profound. At the same time, Levithan celebrates our differences by allowing us to glimpse into a day in the life of a variety of characters, reminding us of the beauty and ugliness of humanity. Ultimately, this is one of the most compelling and moving novels I have read. Levithan is a true romantic who paints a clear picture of what love really means and the beauty of finding a soulmate. A is a soul who reminds us of our own humanity.
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N, December 19, 2012 (view all comments by N)
Very well done! A fascinating premise really well fleshed out. Good for anyone who enjoyed Forgotten by Cat Patrick. I found this to be very captivating. I look forward to more by this author.
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Lea Anna, September 30, 2012 (view all comments by Lea Anna)
This is an interesting book to say the least. Having a character that inhabits the body of a different person every day (who is the same age) is great twist in fiction. Levithan uses it well too by having the people inhabited differ in terms of ethnicity, social class, body type, gender and sexual orientation. Being a YA book, I think this is great because the reader is getting insight into many different types of life but still relating to one character. Seeing how the main character, A, handles the different situations is also interesting. I haven't read a book like this and would recommend it to anyone, it's a fun quick read.
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heartofstingray, September 11, 2012 (view all comments by heartofstingray)
Though I have very little experience with Levithan's work outside of his Rachel Cohn, this novel has turned me into a fan. "Every Day" is one of those novels I want to give to all my friends and everyone I meet.

The premise is a little science fiction, a little romance, and a little coming-of-age. It reminds me quite a bit of Ursula K. LeGuin and Margaret Atwood's character-driven works. A is a fascinating but flawed character, torn between always-sacrifice and pursuing personal romantic desires, and while the reader understands how ze loves Rhiannon, there are constant questions about how she can handle loving a person in constant transition. Levithan has written a beautiful, striking, trans-positive story of first love and its failings. While I wish there had been more physical diversity in the bodies, A inhabits, when I have reflected on the novel since I finished reading it, I think only of the bits I loved, the ones that made me cry, the pretty and the painful.

Not to spoil anything, but the last two central bodies of the novel are easily the most entertaining and provide the best promise of normalcy. As much as A is an essentially intersexed or trans character, Levithan does not get "preachy" about A's sexual identification. A is just...A, not a boy or a girl, but ze loves who ze loves, and does zer best to maintain the lives ze possesses.

My only decent-sized quibble has nothing to do with Levithan and all to do with the copywriter who contributed the book jacket: A never specifically identifies as male or female in the book, but the front flap refers to zer as "he." This wouldn't matter if A actually was a boy- or called zerself such- throughout the book, but the promotional use of male pronouns is problematic because it feels like a cheap attempt not to turn off readers or pigeonhole the novel as gay YA. It's a disappointment because the non-gendered nature of the text is one of the reasons WHY it should appeal to a wide audience, without the "super-girly" or "rough and tumble brofiction" connotations.

Marketing gaff aside, "Every Day" is a top contender for best book of the year, and its "Left Hand of Darkness"-meets-"Time Traveler's Wife" premise should appeal to anyone looking for new, engaging storylines and honest emotion in literature.
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ISBN:
9780307931887
Author:
Levithan, David
Publisher:
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Situations / Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Children s-General
Publication Date:
20120828
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.48 x 6.94 x 1.13 in 0.975 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 336 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780307931887 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Levithan has created an irresistible premise that is sure to captivate readers....[Every Day] is a study in style, an exercise in imagination, and an opportunity for readers themselves to occupy another life: that of A, himself."
"Review" by , "An awe-inspiring, thought-provoking reminder that love reaches beyond physical appearances or gender."
"Synopsis" by , A has no friends. No parents. No family. No possessions. No home, even. Because every day, A wakes up in the body of a different person. Every morning, a different bed. A different room. A different house. A different life. A is able to access each person's memory, enough to be able to get through the day without parents, friends, and teachers realizing this is not their child, not their friend, not their student. Because it isn't. It's A. Inhabiting each person's body. Seeing the world through their eyes. Thinking with their brain. Speaking with their voice.

It's a lonely existence — until, one day, it isn't. A meets a girl named Rhiannon. And, in an instant, A falls for her, after a perfect day together. But when night falls, it's over. Because A can never be the same person twice. But yet, A can't stop thinking about her. She becomes A's reason for existing. So each day, in different bodies — of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, walks of life — A tries to get back to her. And convince her of their love. But can their love transcend such an obstacle?

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