Today, whilst trying to avoid the essay looming over me, I finished reading my 6th book of the 2016 Reading Challenge: Every Day by David Levithan. Despite this being a YA novel, the sub-genre (sci-fi/paranormal) is one I only have minimal experience with.
Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Favourite character: “A”
Category: #20 A science-fiction novel
“Self-preservation isn’t worth it if you can’t live with the self you’re preserving.”
Every Day is a Young Adult sci-fi/paranormal novel: “A” lives every day of his life in the body of another. The host is never the same and the gender is irrelevant (“A” is neither and both genders) but the host is always the same age as “A”, who ages the same as any human.
When “A” wakes up one morning in the body of Justin, “A’s” usually careful manner of living day to day takes an abrupt turn when “A” falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. Wanting to be able to live a normal life, “A” confides in her. Every Day tells the story of their turbulent relationship, and the barriers that try to prevent them from being together.
The concept itself is excellent, and it is generally executed well, but on occasion it is a little unbelieveable. The character development is good, especially in terms of “A” and it is well paced. However, the ending took rather an abrupt turn, which made the journey the novel went through slightly pointless.
The primary thing I took away from reading this novel was about connecting with the person, not the gender (there is an LGBT theme here which could have been further developed). I enjoyed seeing the world through the eyes of different people (with “A” being the constant), and how their peers, family and teachers view them. Ultimately, it reads like a romance, and I was expecting something different.
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