Monday, June 2, 2014
Book Review: "Every Day" by David Levithan
I'd wanted to read this for some time now, but I finally decided to do it in preparation for this year's summer reading. A local high school is doing a school-wide read of this book, and I thought that was pretty cool and definitely wanted to know how to talk about it with the students when they are at the library. Now - how do I talk about this?
The overall premise of the book is really quite abstract and unusual, and while once that may have gotten an eye-roll from me, I've learned to trust Levithan with this sort of story. He has this ability with abstract and unusual - and it usually works. It certainly does in this case. So let's take the characters. A is an entity without gender, and I'm trying very hard to keep to that here. A lives in the bodies of others - boy, girl, gay, lesbian, trans - but is always A. And this works. Rhiannon is a straight girl, and as she meets A in different bodies, she can see A within. But she sometimes has trouble seeing past the body, the package in which A is coming to her. Then there is the whole situation of the future.. no matter how they may feel about each other, is there any hope for a future? How could that possibly work?
This was an incredibly creative novel; one that I liked even more than I think I expected to. I think it is an interesting choice for an entire school to read this summer. I am sure that the conversations that will come from this will be fascinating! This should also be considered a great choice for book clubs as there is so much to talk about.
by David Levithan