Every Day (Every Day #1) by David Levithan
Published Year: 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy
"Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. 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."
Well… the premise was really interesting, aaaaand that’s about it. First of all the main character's name is A, just "A". Names are really important to me and I just can't get behind this one. Anyway, A jumps from body to body, but only bodies who are the same age as him. Interesting, right? I was so intrigued. But instead of answering all my questions, this book just kept raising more!! And not answering any! (how does he know how old he is if he’s been jumping since infancy?)
DL pushes pretty hard on the theme of acceptance, loving a person for who they are not what they look like. Don't get me wrong, I can totally appreciate this theme, but A is preachy instead of a glowing example. He criticizes everyone for his intepretation of their acceptance or non-acceptance. Not even Rhiannon passed his test, and he love her. If he's truly the model of acceptance, shouldn't he accept her as she is? He was not the paragorn of virtue he thought himself, which brings me to his behavior towards Rhiannon....
A changes bodies everyday, if he doesn't fall in love in a single day, how can he ever fall in love at all? I get that, I do, but it wasn't convincing. I didn't buy the obsession (and stalker-esque tendencies, let's be honest) with her. In fact, I didn't even like her. She was shallow and annoying and inconsistent. Just, no.
Then, the plot takes a rapid nosedive. And I mean, it takes such a rapid 180 that I was left spinning. Where did that come from?
Overall, I was a disappointed by this one. I definitely thought the premise was going to be refreshing and the story was going to go uphill from there. Alas, that was not the case! There is a second book (which, incidentally, I wanted to read first before realizing it was the companion) from Rhiannon's perspective if you're interested in that.
2 out of 5 stars.