Audio Book Review: Every Day

Posted February 29, 2016 by Maryam in book review, Maryam / 2 Comments

Audio Book Review: Every DayEvery Day by David Levithan
on August 28th 2012
Genres: young adult, contemporary, romance
Pages: 8:25:24
Format: Audio book
Source: Overdrive

In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a "wise, wildly unique" love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life.
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.
With his new novel, David Levithan, bestselling co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

Oh my God, this book is utter brilliance. I was impressed from the start to the end. I mean, WOW. SERIOUSLY. I’m kinda kicking myself for not picking up this book earlier. But truly, the combination of the amazing story line, and David Levithan’s unique way of writing made this book into a phenomenon.

Every Day is basically about a person who goes from body to body every single day. It’s heartbreaking, really if you think about it. A only gets to live his life day by day, literally. There’s no tomorrow for him. Every day at exactly midnight, he will unwillingly switch bodies, and hence, he learnt to not get connected to the people around him. I mean, what’s the point when at the end of the day, you’re always saying goodbye?

“I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.”

So A lives his life everyday, just going through the motions of the day, until one day he fell in love with his host’s girlfriend. And that changes everything. Suddenly, he wants more out of just living day by day. He wants a tomorrow. I listened to the audio book of Every Day and what caught me by surprise was the narrator. She has the kind of raspy voice that could either be a guy or a girl’s voice, which helped in this context, since A could be either one. And you could also hear the raw emotions with every word spoken, and the heartbreak at the thought of not having a tomorrow.

David Levithan definitely had a lyrical way of writing this book. Every word sounded poignant and meaningful, and I sat here contemplating it all. I mean, is this real? Because usually these type of books existed in the world of fantasy, and definitely not in contemporary. But at the same time, there’s no way this book could be a fantasy. I guess it’s a mesh of both? But the truth is, after awhile, I didn’t really care. I just wanted to know more about A. I wanted him to be happy, to be normal, or as normal as he could be.

This book left me in deep thought and tears on my face, because like I said, it’s truly heartbreaking. We go through the motions of every day life and not really appreciating all the things that we have around us. We take for granted that we will always have those people, those stuffs. But reading this book made me realize how we should cherish life more, cherish the things around us more, and cherish out tomorrows more.

You need to read this book, if you have not. Because really, SIGH, this book is what everyone needs.

“I love you-I do-but I am afraid of making that love too important. Because you’re always going to leave me, A. We can’t deny it. You’re always going to leave.”


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