A is both one characters and many characters. Every day, A wakes up to find himself/herself in a new body. David Levithan places a new twist when it is revealed that A is genderless (we’ll just call A him to make it easy). A typical day for A is just getting through the day and experiencing that day’s life. That all ends when he meets the girlfriend of the current guy he is residing in, Rhiannon. Rhiannon is beautiful, loving, and absolutely perfect for him. A desperately wants to remain by Rhiannon, switching bodies with others that are close enough to Rhiannon to allow an interaction – a feat that he didn’t even know he could pull off. How long can a relationship last when someone is changing genders, sexualities, and lifestyles?
A is one of a kind. He goes from being an amorphous character to one with feelings and a heart. Before Rhiannon, he did have other relationships; however, he began to lose hope he’d ever find someone he could actually be with. Eventually, he resolves to tell Rhiannon his secret. Rhiannon is just a high school girl, one who professed to love her boyfriend (within reason), does well in school, and generally gets through life without anything terribly interesting happening. When A tells her his secret, she is naturally skeptical. However, she soon comes to believe him and even goes so far as to meet him in his other bodes.
Midway through the novel, this kind of relationship becomes difficult for Rhiannon; she wants to put A into a gender/age characteristic that remains constant. She’s not so sure she can kiss A when he is in the body of, say, Kelsea – a deeply depressed girl. She is confused when A wakes up in HER body. The reader will be able to read between the lines and pick up the philosophy that A has – he doesn’t believe that gender, age, or mental state should separate him from someone he loves.
Overall, Every Day was an unusually interesting novel. The concept is fascinating and many readers, including me, would like to think they would still love A in any body…but is this actually true? With his latest novel blurring the lines of what defines love, David Levithan has once again written a winner.
Krystal is a young college student who loves meeting new authors and finding great books! Her favorite place to read is the Botanic Gardens.
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