Book Review & Giveaway: Every Day (Every Day #1) by David Levithan

Posted August 27, 2012 by Melissa in Book Review, Giveaway | 34 Comments

Book Review & Giveaway: Every Day (Every Day #1) by David LevithanTitle: Every Day
Series: Every Day #1
Also in Series: Another Day
Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers, Random House
Publication date: August 28th 2012
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Length: 322 pages
Source: Publisher
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. 

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. 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 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.

First Line

“I wake up.”

My Thoughts

What can I say about this book? Every Day is without doubt one of my favorite reads this year.  It touched me on a level that I think no other book has in a long time.  It  is such a perfectly original, captivating read full of depth and wisdom.  The lyrical writing style brings A’s world to life in an amazingly eloquent and believable way.

Imagine what it would be like to wake up a different person every day. A different gender, a different ethnicity, a different religion, a different sexual orientation.  Imagine living and experiencing that persons life for one day and then simply moving on…unable to maintain any sense of relationship…unable to take responsibility for any actions.  What sort of a life would that be?

We explore this life with A, our main character who strives to live each day as simply and with as little impact as possible so as not to disrupt the “hosts” life.  A comfortably wears any skin, any culture and teaches us a valuable lesson about knowing and accepting ourselves as we are and accepting others for who they are regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, economic status, religion or sexuality.  As A postulates…despite it all, as humans, we are 98% the same.

Due to A’s life experience he is smart, aware and most importantly non-judgmental.

Ultimately A must decide how far to go for love, how much to give up…because although love may transcend all, although love may be unconditional…the hard choices we must make in life are not.

This is a book that I think everyone should read…it’s one of those rare books that has the ability to touch something in everyone.  David Levithan has just joined the short list of my absolute favorite authors…and I can’t wait to dig my teeth into some of his previous books.

What are you waiting for? Go get this book? And then settle in for a very emotional and thought provoking evening.

And because I think that everyone should have the chance to read this book, I am giving away an ARC copy.  Just let me know in the comments by 9/9/12 why you want to read Every Day and if you’ve read any other of  David’s works. (US Only)

About David Levithan

David Levithan

David Levithan is a children’s book editor in New York City and the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young adults, including Another Day, Every Day, Boy Meets Boy, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green). In 2016, David was named the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, given to honor an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.


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34 responses to “Book Review & Giveaway: Every Day (Every Day #1) by David Levithan

  1. Ah! Lovely review. I am SO excited for this book. I own almost all of Levithan’s books, but the only ones I’ve read are Boy Meets Boy and all of his collaborations with Rachel Cohn, which I absolutely love. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I can’t wait to read this one. 🙂

  2. Cool blog and great review I have read Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist(his collaboration with Rachel Cohn).I’d like to read Every Day because the whole concept of how ‘gender and race and physical appearance does not affect love’ sounds quite cool.

  3. Wonderful review, hun! I hadn’t heard much about this book until recently and had no idea it would be sci fi/paranormal but the plot sounds so unique, I can’t wait to read it!

    I should be getting a review copy, so don’t count my comment as an entry to your giveaway 😉

  4. I’ve read a number of wonderful reviews for EVERY DAY. I’m so very pleased you like it. I have not read any books by David Levithan yet.


  5. Ahhhhh- I cant wait to read this one, at first it reminded me of Tempest that came out earlier this year, but your review defiantly makes it sound different. Ive never read any of Davids stuff, I think this book is a good place to start….:)

  6. I haven’t read anything by David Levithan. I feel like that’s a huge mistake Melissa! This book sounds unbelievably good, I can’t imagine what it would be like to wake up in different skin every morning and have to experience that life for just a few short hours before moving on to something new. Definitely going to try and make time for this book!

  7. I have heard only awesome things about this book and I can’t wait to read it! I’ve read the books he’s written with Rachel Cohn, but I haven’t read any of just his yet : ) I think this would be a good one to start with!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. My daugher, like her mama (heehee) is an avid reader. She loves books like this one and I can’t keep her in books…she reads so much and so fast! LOL! Yes, a good thing. I truly think she would love this book. This is the first I’ve heard of David, but I will be checking out his other books!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  9. I’ve heard so many good things about this book! I would love to read it! The summary sounds so interesting!! I have not read anything else by him, but I hopefully will soon. Thanks for the giveaway!


  10. I have really enjoyed David’s other books and I’ve heard such great things about this one and that’s why I want to read it! I’m so happy to hear that it really is amazing and I look forward to read it myself!
    candace_redinger at

  11. Please consider my entry for this book I have wanted to read this as my friend told me it was coming out.She lost her copy flying for a family reunion:( The synopsis is just as good as my friend described it. I want to read this Author’s books. Melissa~ Your comments did make me think!Awesome job.
    Cyndee Thomas

  12. I read Every You Every Me by David. It was so different from most YA reads so I’m interested in reading more of his work.
    Everyone seems to love Every Day.

  13. I have not read any of David Levithan’s previous books and honestly until I read this post I had no idea what this book was about. After reading this post I really want to read this book. It sounds absolutely amazing. It will no doubt be one of those books that grabs your attention from the first page and won’t let go until well after you have finished. And will be one that you want to talk about to friends because it has left you thinking.

    Thanks for sharing!
    mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com

  14. I haven’t read anything else by him but I love the concept of changing bodies/ genders everyday. I really want to see how he accomplished that and if it worked out. It seems really hard to me.


  15. I love the premise, it seems impossible to be able to carve out a you when you can’t keep anything consistent. It reminds me a bit of Quantum Leap, I think, a show my mom loved. I think that guy had to solve something then he moved on.

    Ace5123 at yahoo dot com

  16. This book sounds very interesting, and not like anything else I have read before. I haven’t read any of David Levithan’s works before.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    fullmoonbites @

  17. I want to read this book because I’ve read several good reviews of it. I haven’t read this author before, but if I like this, I certainly will. You don’t ask for my email but, because it looks like everyone else is giving it to you: bethvollbach(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  18. Beautifully put review!!<3
    Can you imagine how insane it would be to wake up every day in a new identity?! Honestly, I think Every Day sounds like an exciting fresh twist on the YA scene 😀

    Mainly, I want to read it because I’ve often wondered what it would be like to be someone else, I guess we all have. So I’m ate up with curiosity to see how author David Levithan deals with this topic – it’s GOT to be epic as he is such a talented writer <3

    Thank you for the sweet giveaway!!
    GFC: Mary DeBorde M.A.D.
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

  19. Marissa P.

    This book sounds really great and for some reason reminds me of The Host which I am currently reading. I have heard some really great things about this book through other blogs I follow and HAVE to have it! I really hope I win.. but if not I guess I’ll be trading soon!
    Thanks for the GREAT giveaway!

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