Monday, January 14, 2013
It's been awhile since I've posted, but since I will be reviewing books for a class this semester, I should be able to post more often! Yay! I'm really excited for this class, since it's a young adult literature class, and I've been wanting to take it for a while. It should be fun!
That being said, this isn't a book I read for class, it's one I read over break, but still worth posting about! You know those books that you pick up and you absolutely can't put it down? It's been a while since I read one of those books, but this was one! Every Day by David Levithan caught my eye when I first saw it in Barnes and Noble, and when I got it for Christmas, I finally got the chance to read it. And I am definitely glad that I did.
Every Day follows the story of A, a being that wakes up in a different body every day. For the sake of my review, I am going to use male pronouns to describe A, however he is given no gender in the books. Anyway, one day he wakes up and meets this girl, Rhiannon. From the moment he meets her, A knows that she is different, and that he must find a way to get back to her. Throwing all of his carefully made rules out the window, A makes it his quest to find Rhiannon every day, even if it seems impossible. A has finally found someone that he wants to spend the rest of his life with. But he doesn't know if it can ever happen.
From the moment I started this book, I was engrossed in it. Not only is David Levithan's writing absolutely beautiful, the story line is fascinating to me. It is something I've never thought of before, something unique and original. One of the things I also liked about it is the fact that A is never assigned a gender. He's been in love with boys, and he's been in love with girls, he has been in female bodies, and he has been in male bodies. He can, quite literally, morph into whatever he wants to be. His gender doesn't get in the way of his feelings. I find this refreshing, especially because our society is so focused on gender, that there are only two options. Male and female. However, gender is a lot more complicated than that, and embodies many different aspects of a personality, and I think Levithan deals with this in a very interesting way.
I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. I think this has turned into one of my favorite novels, and I definitely want to read it again. Until next time, happy reading! :)