This book left me feeling conflicted.
Note: While saying A is pretty repetitive, there’s really no other pronoun to use for this character, and the character goes by the name ‘A.’ I may use he to refer to A, but keep in mind that A has no true gender, and so can just as easily be referred to as a she.
A is… well, even A isn’t sure what A is. A doesn’t have a real name, parents, a life, a gender… A simply drifts from body to body, spending a day in each, trying to leave each body as unaffected as A can. A has rules that A set for A’s self, but when A ends up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon, A breaks those rules. A falls in love.
A seems to have morals, but with love clouding A’s vision, A strays from them. Doing everything A can to see, and be with, Rhiannon. As he begins to lose what little control he had over his life, he starts to see that things cannot ever be the way he truly wants them to be. At least, not without consequences.
Overall: As I said before, I felt very conflicted after finishing Every Day. First, let me say that I really, really enjoyed this book. I liked A, the plot, the characters (even Justin, despite his awful personality) and I especially liked how, using the different bodies A possess, Levithan sheds light to people with real life problems and situations that aren’t perfect, and often set aside, looked over, etc. But the more I thought about it, I realized how that steered the plot to places it didn’t need to go, how it lead to situations and events that weren’t important or that distracted the reader for the point.
Either way, I enjoyed it, and I recommend it. It’s a book worth reading, even if it has its faults.
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