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everyday (David Levithan)
Absolutely totally loved this book. The tag line is “Everyday a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.” Simple seeming but the book completely fit my mood of the day. What was my mood? Who knows, but I am so glad I picked this novel out of the stack by my bed.
I adored the main character who lives one day, merely a snippet, of a different person’s life over and over again. The point of view of a soul or consciousness and how that element fits into the feelings and being of another life with no warning was fantastic.
I am a person who as a general rule finds it to be very hard to enjoy the mundane everyday existence. But I have to admit the idea of never making attachments to others, of not being able to spend each day with the love of your life, being stuck in a place not of your choosing and hating it, and leaving the place you want to stay because you have to, makes it seem more lovely in some ways to have a history of your own. Even if it is not always the best history, at least you have an understanding of self based on the collective nature of your memories or at least the ones you can sort of remember anyways.
The main character in this novel did in most ways seem more comfortable as a “male” perspective. I am not sure if that is just my feelings on the subject or because the writer is a male or what. But whatever the case may be, truly lovely reading. There is a sequel. Hmmmm . . . Has anyone read it and if so thoughts?
The author’s website has this to say about the novel:
In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a “wise, wildly unique” love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different 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.
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