Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Every Day by David Leviathan

What would you do if you woke up in a different body every morning? How much would you be willing to disrupt your "host's" life? Would you sacrifice your own adventures to keep the other person's life intact? Or would you be willing to move their life around for a chance to be with the girl you love - even if she doesn't recognize you when she sees you?

A is sixteen years old and for as long as he can remember (Every Day!), he's lived his life waking up in a new body every day. He's come up with his own code of honor, his own rules that keep him from disrupting the lives of those people that he visits. He tries to do good, be kind, improve their lives as much as he can. Things are going relatively smoothly - as far as possible - until he meets and falls in love with Rhiannon. Rhiannon with the boyfriend who doesn't appreciate her and fails to treat her right. A finds that he can't forget her and whether he wakes up as a girl or boy, A wants to be with Rhiannon.

A starts breaking all his rules. He returns to her town, her school, her favorite places. He shares his secret. Rhiannon begins to recognize A in all his different shapes and identities.

Based on an unusual premise, supported by crisp and engaging writing, driven by sympathetic and unforgettable characters, Every Day is a story about love, identity, sacrifice and keeping one's true self. It's a wonderful read - a book to share!

ISBN-10: 0307931889 - Hardcover $16.99
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 28, 2012), 336 pages.
Review copy courtesy of the publisher and the Amazon Vine Program.

A bonus - through Amazon David Leviathan shares a short story that describes A's life before Every Day.  Head to Amazon for the exclusive short story. 

1 comment:

  1. So glad to read such a positive review, this is one I'm definitely excited to pick up myself! Levithan is such an original and beautiful writer.