Every Day – David Levithan

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A wakes up every morning in a different body. Every day he has to live in a stranger’s body until A is whisked away at midnight. There is never any warning about where or who it will be. He made peace with that and established some guidelines. Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. Until he wakes up in Justin’s body, the boyfriend of Rhiannon and he falls in love with her.

The body is the easiest thing to adjust to, if you’re used to waking up in a new one each morning. It’s the life, the context of the body, that can be hard to grasp.
David Levithan, Every Day, S.1

It is amazing how David Lethian is able to pose a teen. He made me feel like I was reading A’s diary. A is a wonderfully developed character and I liked every single person he inhabited. I can remember nearly all of them. All of them are sixteen but all of them are so different. The book provides such a huge diversity. A inhabited the bodies of boys and girls of lots of different sexual orientations, so many different personalities and lives. I liked Rhiannon too. But I think she believed A to quickly, that was very naive.

The book is something like a diary. It contains snapshots of A’s life. At first they all seem a bit random, but it makes sense at the very end of the book. The main story is the love between A and Rhiannon, which is pure and beautiful. What makes this book really special is, that it’s not like all the other love stories I ever read. The most part of the falling-in-love between A and Rhiannon takes part when they are separated. An there is little to no physical contact between them. And that’s why it was just perfect.

The book is written form A’s point of view. Its written in the perfect teen voice, down to the point and easy to follow and at the same time deep and meaningful. A has lot’s of time to think about the most fundamental questions concerning human beings. The book throws up lot’s of important questions such as: What defines who you are? Could it be, that gender is a silly concept? And what about sexuality? Is it better, if you life in the same body every day, experience everything the whole way through? Or is it better to experience so many different things as A does?

So many questions I tried to answer for myself. So many questions everyone should ask them while reading the book and while going through live. The end is very sad and beautiful at the same time. It is the perfect ending to such a perfect book. I am thankful that David Lethian decided on this end. It left me there standing and wanting more. I wanted the book to carry one forever.


Werbung – Angaben zum Buch: Ember, 400 Seiten, 2013, ISBN: 978-0307931894

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