This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible. And when it’s just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be.
I’ll admit, at first I had quite a bit of trouble getting into Every Day. I felt like the idea of it was absolutely absurd… An entity that wakes up every morning in a different body, who can “access” the body’s memories, and who falls in love with a girl the first time meeting her while it is in her boyfriend’s body. *Insert exaggerated eye roll here* No one falls in love with someone in just one day, c’mon. Can I please get a dose of realism in this otherwise complete fantasy novel?
As I read on though, I became engrossed in the story. “A”, as the entity is referred to, has a sense of right and wrong, has constructed a life that is the definition of nomad. “A” understands more than most people in this world because of the different experiences they have had in each person’s body, experiencing how that person feels, their memories, how people around them treat them. And then, after a while, I started to realize that is could be possible for “A” to have fallen in love in just one special moment, because “A” doesn’t have many moments that really truly are unique to “A”.
Every Day is unique in the fact that Levithan makes the reader empathize with, and come to really like, a character that they can’t even put a face with. The reader learns to love the personality of “A”, and even though they can never truly put a face or body to the name, we get to know “A” very intimately though the narration of the book. With how Levithan set up the story, he allowed for so many lessons that otherwise couldn’t have been taught, and an absolutely unique point of view on many social identities. I am honestly enamored with Every Day. I truly hope there is a sequel, even though it’s really, really good as a stand-alone novel… because I have so many questions. SO MANY. And, they need answers. So, David Levithan, if you’re reading this, please, please write a sequel from “A”‘s point of view!
Side Note: Doing a Google search, I learned there is a “companion” novel, Another Day, which is the same story from A’s lover’s point of view, which would be an interesting read. Add it to my TBR list… But this still doesn’t answer my questions!