I am SO excited because today I get to bring you a super special post. Another blogger, Fari (from My Little Corner For Books), and I both read Every Day by David Levithan, and we wrote a co-review together. Read on to learn our thoughts!
About The Book:
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.
Me: First and foremost, I have to say this: THE CONCEPT IS SO COOL! The idea of waking up every morning in someone else’s body was what initially attracted me to this book.
Fari: Yes, I absolutely agree! That was such an incredible and unique idea! There were ways it could’ve gone wrong but I also agree that the execution was great. I loved the plot and I also liked the messages that this book puts out to the world.
Me: It was a very powerful and unique story concept, for sure, and even though there were a few things I didn’t enjoy as much (we will get to those later!) I think the concept was really interesting. The plot itself had a few rough patches, but had my complete attention.
Fari: Yes, there were some places where I thought the story was kind of slow and some things were unneeded but in the end, they could be over-looked because of how I enjoyed this! The thing is, I don’t really have too much to say about the plot because it’s basically A trying to see Rhiannon each day and trying to be with her even in different bodies. It’s the characters and what they taught me that I have more of an opinion on.
Me: This was the one part of the book that REALLY disappointed me. A followed (stalked?) Rhiannon around for weeks in his different bodies, and it just felt very uncomfortable.
Fari: At points, I thought that it was kind of stalkerish as well… I knew that he will tell her, but it was around 100 pages into the book. Before that, A was at her school and at parties she was at, but she didn’t know! I was surprised that that conversation didn’t come up between the two of them. However, after that, I did like how the romance progressed.
Me: Their relationship just didn’t work for me. It’s interesting that David Levithan is writing a book about Rhiannon ( called Another Day) though. I think I might be interested to learn her side of the story. Hopefully I’ll be able to connects with her better in that book!
Fari: A’s character was so interesting and I found it ridiculous, yet amazing how his life is drastically different every day. He adapted so well it amazed me.. I know he’s had more than a decade and a half to deal with this but if it had been me, I would’ve been terrified every time!
Me: Definitely! Except for his obsession with Rhiannon, I think A was probably my favorite character. He was very easy to relate to and it was very cool seeing him wake up every morning in a new body. I’ve already talked about Rhiannon in the Romance section so I won’t go into much detail about her except to say that she was decidedly less easy to connect with.
Fari: Okay, so I won’t really talk about her, either. I will say that while I didn’t completely hate her, I didn’t like her either. I found myself annoyed by her and not connecting. She was weak, and I really don’t like weak characters. On another note, I liked how we got to kind of know the people whose bodies he was inhabiting. Not much but just a little bit.
Me: I’m not sure what to think of Another Day, the sequel. I think I’ll probably end up reading it, but I’m not really sure what it will add to the story of Every Day since it’s the same story, but in Rhiannon’s POV. We’ll have to see, I suppose! What were your thoughts on the covers?
Fari: Yes, I’m not sure either. I read the first couple pages and it’s just Every Day. *shrugs* I’ll probably read it but I think that it (Every Day) was actually pretty good as a stand alone because I don’t really um, care about Rhiannon’s POV. However, if it’s a bit extended, that’ll be interesting, though I actually *cue “For the First Time in FOREVER”* liked the open ending. The covers are not very related to the book but they’re not really bad covers, I don’t think. I don’t know…
Me: Yeah, my thoughts on the covers were pretty similar. Overall, I did enjoy this book, though. It was entertaining and even though there were a few things that bothered me (*cough* romance *cough*) I can still give it a solid 3.5 star rating.
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Fari’s Rating: 4 Stars