Review: Everyday by David Leviathan

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
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.

Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Published: August 28th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Links: Goodreads
Received: Received on Netgalley
Rating: 5 of 5

My thoughts: What the hell? I read the premise again, trembling, thoughts brewing. Honestly, what the hell? These are my ideas for a book I haven’t written yet. How does someone take my ideas and write a book when I haven’t even had a chance to flesh out my ideas and write that book yet?

How?

David Levithan you are a ninja. You have somehow managed to invade my brain and steal things. Or it’s a freaky coincidence, or we’re kindred souls or something. Either way, congratulations on writing an excellent book. I can’t give it less than five stars because duh, I was going to write this book before David did.

So A is body jumping. He’s clearly a walk in spirit, he clearly has no control over the body he ends up in the next day. He falls in love with a girl and really doesn’t want the day to end. The girl’s name? Rhiannon. Are you fucking kidding me?

So my questions were answered in David’s foreword for this book, where he tells us this idea basically came out of air. It didn’t come from me apparently, or a personal experience he had (honestly how could he have a personal body switching experience?) Anyway, it has nothing to do with him, he thought it was cool.

I thought it was cool too.

In my book, my character body jumps because he’s a wraith and he has no choice. Unfortunately, the bodies he jumps into die. He has minutes, days, weeks, sometimes months or years in a body before it dies and he has to find a new one. He’s always suffering from an illness. He’s always fighting to get more time, but because of what he is, that won’t happen. And my character is thousands of years old, prefers younger bodies because they usually last longer, but can take a body of any age.

In David’s book, A doesn’t know why this is happening to him. He doesn’t really explain anything about it, just that it happens. David focuses more on the love story between A and Rhiannon than anything else. His efforts to make her believe this happens to him, to make her fall for him. And ultimately, I liked the way he ended it.

This is definitely one of those books you need to read, because it’s a book that takes you out of time and space and makes you look at the world in a warped way. I liked David’s version of my idea.

Comments ( 1 )

  • Stephsco says:

    Wow, that's crazy how close it mirrors your book! This sounds to me a little like The Time Traveller's Wife, but hopefully with far less annoying (and more likeable) characters. After reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson, I trust this story is pretty good. I'll definitely have to read it.

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