Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bookanistas: Every Day

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. 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.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.


I am a huge David Levithan fangirl. I love all of his books, I love his writing, and I think he's just an amazing person doing so many great things for the world of YA. I had really been looking forward to this new one of his because it sounded a little different than his other books, and I always love things that are a little different.

This is one of those books that you can't stop thinking about. It really does stay with you, and it will pop into your head days, or even weeks, later and it won't go away. There's really so much to it and so much about it to love. 

My favorite part of this book was how it looked at gender. That plot blurb above? It's a little annoying because there is one sentence where it refers to A as "he" and A isn't a he. A is just A, with no assigned gender. Sometimes A is in a male body and sometimes in a female body, but A is always the same person, and when A falls in love with Rhiannon, it's love for who she is, not who she is + the fact that she is a she. 

So, yes, this is a love story. But it's also an identity story, and the two are woven together so gorgeously, with that David Levithan way of wording the simplest of life's truths in this way that makes you stop and hold your breath and run your fingers over the page. 

8 comments:

  1. This sounds amazing. I loved how he used characters without assigned gender in THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY.

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  2. Yes, I LOVED this book. Got my hands on a galley, and couldn't put it down!

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  3. It bugged me that the blurb said A was a he also. But I found it interesting that when I was writing my review, it was really hard NOT to use a he/she pronoun, but I didn't want to call A an "it" either.

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    1. This comment was made ages ago, but I just read the book and wanted to reread Jessica's thoughts on it. For the future, there are gender neutral pronouns. (Many of them, because we can't agree on which to use!) Most common are ze/zir.

      I think the thing about it is that A isn't just gender neutral, ze is both genders--fluid, in a way--so it's hard to define. As if these things aren't always hard to define....

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  4. Can't wait to read this. He's going to be at a YA book event coming up later this month by me (in IL) so I'm looking forward to it. I've seen him once before but he was moderating a forum and didn't speak much about himself.

    Anyway, this concept seems very cool.

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  5. This looks like a great book. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I'm so excited to read this! David was one of my literature teachers in my MFA program and he's a YA rockstar. :)

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  7. So...I have never read any of his books. *hides away* *comes back because didn´t take the laptop to hide away and need to finish writing comment*.

    This book really sounds amazing! Thanks for the review, Jessica :D

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