Yay or Nay: Everyday Book Review

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I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.

Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Ember | September 2013
Genre:
Romance
Contemporary

This is a non-sponsored, spoiler-free review of Everyday.


SUMMARY

Everyday follows the story of A - a very unique person with no body of his own. Everyday, he wakes up in the body of a different person. A gains access to all the thoughts and memories of the body and is forced to live the life of that person for one day.

A has gotten used to this sequence. It has been like this since he was born. But, everything changed when he entered the body of a teenager named Justin, and falls in love with his girlfriend, Rhiannon.

Thus begins a unique love story - where A makes an effort to see Rhiannon everyday, no matter what body he is in.


REVIEW

David Levithan is one of the most popular contemporary romance authors of this day and age. He is known for writing unique stories, and among all his books, Everyday is definitely a stand out.

The Good

At a glance, the plot of the book seems so common - boy meets girl, boy falls in love, boy courts girl. But, the very unique twist of the story makes all the difference - the boy has no body of his own.


A and Rhiannon face very different challenges in their relationship. Your heart will ache as you read about how difficult it is for them to get to know each other, and how long it took before Rhiannon trusted A. You'll be a part of how they struggled to see each other everyday and share in their disappointments when they can't.

Aside from the romantic aspect of this book, another thing that makes it so interesting are the stories of the bodies that A enters.

These stories paint a good picture of how diverse people are and how different our struggles are from one another. These stories may not be told exhaustively, but it allows you a peek at the highs and lows of different lives.



The Bad

The only thing that could have made this book better was a clearer explanation of A's situation.

He tries to make sense of it in the book, but fails to find a convincing explanation as to why he transfers to another body every single day.


A's situation raises a lot of questions: How was he born? Where is his family? Is he the only person who suffers from this condition in the planet?

These questions can creep up on the reader as he goes along the story. It can be irksome not to understand the situation, and destroy the reading experience as a whole. Perhaps this explains why a lot of readers rated the book a 1-2 star read despite the unique story it presents.

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THE VERDICT:

Somewhere in the middle - 3 stars!


The premise of this story is really good, but most readers would agree that it could have been better if he ditched the love story and explored more on the unique condition of A.

Also, it could have been better if just he focused more on the lives of the bodies he inhabits.

Many would describe it as a disappointing read, but it is not without redemption. The struggles of A and Rhiannon will keep you on an emotional roller coaster on a hot summer afternoon.

22 comments:

  1. I love this author, so i was stoked to see what you’d have to say. I think i’ll Give this one a read. Not sure ill love it, but definitely gonna try!

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  2. The storyline of this book sounds really interesting and I would love to read it. Shame that the author doesn't put a lot of accent on the bodies the soul lives in. I'd love to see a series actually based on this book.

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  3. Seems like some emotional read while going through your review. I may consider reading this book.

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  4. That sounds like a really interesting concept but like you I think I'd want more of an explanation too. Does sound like a good read though!

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  5. I haven't read it, but I really like your sense of humor - the review itself made me wanna check out the book:)

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  6. I really like the idea behind the book, something different for a change. I can't help feeling sorry for poor A. Imagine waking up in a new body everyday? That must be so confusing

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  7. Love the little twist to the story, different for what you would expect. I think I would enjoy reading it!

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  8. Your review is very interesting. I haven't read the book, and having read your review it will be a pass for me. I dislike when an interesting story gets caught in the regular love story plot. Plus the girl is named "Rihannon" ? that discourages me even further of trying this read.

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  9. What an honest review of this book! I haven't heard it yet but it sounds fascinating and great to read.

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  10. I don't know this author but I kinda want to read it to understand what A situtation is. Even though you said it's not clear, it got me all intrigued!

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  11. I like the unique plot this story has. I agree, that I might want to know more about A, but I like how the struggle goes to keep them together.

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  12. I have never heard of this author but the story sounds great!! I am excited to read it. 3 stars is good enough for me to get excited LOL. I love to read :)

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  13. This sounds really unique and interesting. I would agree that it would be really frustrating not having more info on A’s condition. Learning more about the lives of the bodies he used would be fascinating. Side note: excellent use of the Kenan Thompson gif!

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  14. Wow this sounds interesting. Having the ability to wake up in different bodies! Just imagine what he has experienced.

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  15. i love David Levithan books! will have to buy this one and give it a read!

    Taylor x

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  16. Everyday book looks interesting and perfect book to read this coming Holiday. I will definitely check this out.

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  17. Seems like an average book...but i like how A's character is developed however his situation could have been handled in a better way..

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  18. I feel like someone transferring to a different body often could be hard to follow. It does, however, sound quite interesting. I would enjoy it for sure.

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  19. Such a great honest book review. I really love to read book and I think I need to give it a try. Will put this on my book list to shoppe.

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  20. Sounds like a great storyline to the book, will have to check it out and see. Never read anything by this author!

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  21. Great review! Even with 3 stars rating I would love to read it.

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  22. What a great and honest review! I love that you didn't just tell us how great it was but also pointed out some items that you thought were not addressed very well. I like the idea of this plot so much, I think I'm going to check it out.

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