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“After a while, you have to be at peace with the fact that you simply are. There is no way to know why. You can have theories, but there will never be proof.”
David Levithan’s New York Times bestselling novel, ‘every day’ is an excellent novel that causes you to question your existence in the world, question what makes you who you are and what you are going to do with what you have been dealt.
‘every day’ is considered to be under the young adult genre, but the contents will resonate with all readers no matter the age. The subtitle does not leave anything out about what this novel is about stating: “Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.” This sets the story up for the amazing turn of events this plot encompasses.
Levithan’s story takes the reader not just through a love story, but a story of love of life, adventure, and most importantly, a love for who you are. The story is told from A’s point of view, who wakes up each day in a different body with a different outlook on life. The constant change of events allows the book to conquer various topics that brings up at least one situation anyone can relate to. These topics include death, love, suicide, identity, uncertainty, and just finding the best way to survive.
A is able to deal with and actually enjoy the life he is living until he met the girl that gave him a reason to break every one of his rules. Since he was unable to prevent the change from happening every night at midnight, he tries his hardest to make the love for the girl work. At one point in the latter part of the novel, Levithan’s A explains his actions as this, “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.” He makes the choice to continue allowing the love to unfold.
Levithan’s story on love is written so brilliantly that the reader is hooked from the start with not a dull moment throughout the entire story. The voice he creates for the novel encompasses a way for the reader to fully understand that although you do not feel at ease with who you are, over time you will be able to see the real you.
With such a unique imagination, Levithan is able to yet again draw in an audience and leave them questioning the life they live, even once they have finished his novel.