Review – Everyday by David Leviathan

Another day by David Levithan
Published: August 25th 2015 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Fiction, Young adult, Romance, contemporary
Pages: 330

Another day is the sequel to Every day, which you may have heard of. It was so loved and adored that the audience practically demanded this follow up! And here it is!

I was not one of the people who felt that Every day needed a sequal, but I was so touched by the first book that I felt it worth revisiting regardless.

In Every day we meet A, a soul that wakes up in a different body every day. For one day only, A lives the life of that body, never to return again. One day A wakes up in the body of Justin, who is the boyfriend of Rihannon and that day becomes something so special that A has to find a way to see her again. But how can A form any relationship when the bodies keep changing?

Another day tells the story from Rihannons perspective. She spends the day with her boyfriend Justin, but senses that he is different that day, and it becomes the most special day for her too. But after that day, Justin can’t remember anything and he goes back to being his unattentive usual self.

These books have so many levels that it’s almost impossible not to relate to any part. Have you ever been in love? Well, this is a love story. And not just any love story, but it’s about falling in love with a soul which you can’t even see. Are we even capable of loving this way? Rihannon forms a bond with the soul inside and who the body is on the outside doesn’t even seem to play a factor once the bond is in place.

And it touches on LGBTQ in some way. A is a soul which is genderless, and since A wakes up in different bodies, Rihannon gets intimate with whichever body A is in. The love is not in the physical, but in the underlying mind and soul.

The love story also has it’s challenges and it shows us how we are capable of enduring the hardest of trials if we are willing and the bond is strong enough.

The subject of trust is also a big factor, because Rihannon has to trust A where there is no possible way of proving the truth. And we all know how easy trust is to build right?

It’s also about people in general and their relationships and lives as we know them. Since A visits many bodies we get introduced to many characters and we get a peephole into many different lives. Depression, obligation, handicaps, family issues and teen issues. How the book manages to tap into so many areas and make us think about other people and their lives as well as our own, that is something spectacular.

It challenges us to appreciate things in our lives that we might take for granted. And if that’s not a beautiful thing, then I don’t know what is.

I watched the movie too, and they had changed it up a bit and I somehow liked the movie better. (Whoa! This never happens!) I don’t really want to explain why and leave any real spoilers, but the movie is definitely worth the watch, and both the books are worth the read. And I think if you’re lucky, it leaves you with many things to reflect and think about and a greater appreciation for some people in your life.