Up Late Reading David Levithan’s Every Day


From Goodreads.com: “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.”

I love the concept of this book, and the execution was superb. Each day, you wake up with A and see how the day will unfold, hoping for a glimpse of Rhiannon. This book contains truths about teenagers and relationships and parents and existence. It felt like one of the most truthful fiction books I’ve read in a while.  I also particularly enjoyed it because I had no preconceived notions–I picked up a copy at my local Goodwill store for $1 and sat down and read it in one sitting.  The many memorable cathartic moments made this a must read. Although this isn’t a new book, the sequel will be coming out in 2015, so you may want to find a copy and read it before the second book, Rhiannon, comes out (it will be told from her perspective). Below are some passages I particularly enjoyed.

  • “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.”
  • “Part of growing up is making sure your sense of reality isn’t entirely grounded in your own mind.”
  • “There will always be more questions. Every answer leads to more questions. The only way to survive is to let some of them go.”
  • “I notice you, I want to say. Even when no one else does, I do. I will.”
  • “Self-preservation isn’t worth it if you can’t live with the self you’re preserving.”


Up Late Reading David Levithan’s Every Day

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