Saturday, October 20, 2012

Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day is one of those books that you think about long after you have finished it. I absolutely loved it -- read it in less than a day.

A wakes up in a different today each day. One day A might be male, the next day female. Some days A is gay, others A is straight. A strives to live each day in a "do no harm" mode so that the borrowed body does not wake up the following morning to find that his or her life is totally messed up. This works out fine for A until one day the borrowed body is a boy named Justin. Justin has been dating Rhiannon for about a year, but he hasn't been treating her very well. A at first feels sorry for her, and then A falls in love with her. Rules are broken and Justin takes Rhiannon for a perfect day out on the beach. The next day A wakes up in a completely different body, that of a girl named Leslie. But A cannot forget Rhiannon and wants desperately to be with her. But how do you have a relationship with someone when you are a completely different person each day?

If you take away who we are biologically, if you take away our sexual preferences, who are we? That's what Every Day explores. It's a a brilliant book, and it will stay with me for a long time

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