Book Review: Every DayPosted: September 20, 2013
Now this is something a little different for me: “Every Day” by David Levithan is, technically, a fantasy, but that fantasy is only an excuse for the book to tell a unique love story. The main character, A, doesn’t have a body. Instead, he (A is not identified as male or female, but for the sake of clarity I’ll refer to him as “he”, because I think gender-neutral pronoun such as “xe” looks obnoxious) wakes up inside a new body every day, jumping to a new host at midnight. He’ll have access to that person’s memories for a day, but his consciousness or his soul, whatever you call it, is entirely his own. A has learned to cope with this usual life, until one day he falls in love with Rhiannon, the girlfriend of a boy whose body he’s in, and now A wants something more permanent.
I was drawn to the premise, and the book more or less meets my expectation: the love story between A and Rhiannon is the main focus, while A’s Quantum Leap life is the main conflict that they have to overcome if they want to be together. This doesn’t mean that I love it. I don’t want to sound dismissive, because the romance is quite well-written and the ending is really sweet, but it’s just not my kind of story at all. David Levithan is a regular collaborator of John Green, and while I like John Green as himself, I’ve never had any interest in checking his books out. That tells you my taste right there. I prefer my YA protagonist fighting an evil wizard or running through a post-apocalyptic world, thank you very much. There is a hint of that in “Every Day”, in a subplot about another boy who, after A left his body, thinks he’s been possessed by the Devil, and leads A to some startling discovery about his own condition. But at the end, that subplot is still secondary to the romance.
Difference in taste aside, what really bugs me about this book is that the tone is kind of preachy. I get it, when your main character occupies a new body every day, there are all sorts of issues about identity, body image, and sexuality that need and should be addressed, but that doesn’t mean the book has to sound like a PSA. Still, it’s an interesting book and a super fast read, so if you like a bit of unconventional teen romance, check it out.
As for my outfit inspired by the book, I decided to go for something a little androgynous. Plus it gave me the chance to wear this vest, which I thrifted before moving home (almost a year and a half ago!)
Shirt: thrifted, Jeans: Forever21, Vest: Forever 21 (thrifted), Brooch: vintage, Belt & Converse: Vietnamese shops