Thursday, October 25, 2012
Every day by David Levithan
If you like: love * individuality * empathy
In Every day, A, the main character, wakes up in a different body each morning. A experiences one day in the life of that person. A can access the memories and feelings of the individual, but not directly interact. A has no choice over which person is displaced, and cannot stay past midnight. Before meeting Rhiannon, A has never become too close to any one person. After meeting her, A hijacks each day in order to get back to her and spend time with her. Each day is a new challenge and new set of experiences.
Being the same individual inside a different shell every day allows A to truly walk in another’s shoes. A learns that every circumstance has its own challenges. Being fat creates certain stigmas and hardships, but being beautiful also presents a carefully calculated set of rituals and meticulous regimen. Fighting addiction is hard, but fighting depression is harder. When A is living the day of Kelsea, it is nearly impossible to fight through the thick cloud of depression that surrounds her existence. Even A’s personality and exuberance begin to lose their spark inside Kelsea’s despair. Moral questions are raised for A when Kelsea’s plans to commit suicide are revealed and A must choose to seek help or leave her knowing what the outcome could be. As people go through life they may assume that others have it easier than they do, or people are unhappy because they are lazy. Every day challenges that notion, and urges readers to reevaluate their every interaction.
A also experiences the full spectrum of love in Every day. Some families A visits have almost no interaction and limited kinship. Other families are warm and jovial. Some might believe they are in love with their boyfriend or girlfriend, but A knows their true feelings. A realizes that most of these experiences are unattainable for someone who is never the same person twice. There are no grandparents to learn from, no siblings to rely on (or to fight with.) A attempts to help others attain this type of love and connection. After seeing so much pain and conflict, A takes every opportunity to leave each host better than before. Just a lingering feeling of belonging, or something more to life, however hazy, can have lasting implications for the lives A has touched.
If you are tired of being someone else, read Every day.
Levithan, David. Every Day. New York: Random House, Inc., 2011. Kindle Edition.