I’ve continuously been told by several of my Young Adult fiction obsessed friends that I need to read a David Levithan book. I had intended to read Will Grayson, Will Grayson which Levithan co-wrote with my personal favorite author of all time, John Green. On the other hand, Levithan is most well-known for writing Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist which was turned into the movie of the same name starring Kat Dennings and Michael Cera (which I really enjoyed despite Kat Dennings. I don’t like Kat Dennings). When it came down to it, for some reason, I ignored both these options and instead went for Every Day, his most recent contribution to the literary world.
The overall premise of the book is intriguing and is probably what caught my attention in the first place. Bear with me while I try to explain it. The main character, who is only ever referred to as “A” (don’t worry, this is not a Pretty Little Liars spin-off), wakes up every day in the body of a different person. The bodies are always the same age as A, in the book the age is 16, and A is only in them for one day. After 16 years of this, A has developed specific routines and coping mechanisms, but one day, in the body of Justin, A meets Rhiannon and falls in love with her. The rest of the book ensues from there.
It’s hard for me to pick out certain things I liked and disliked about this book.
It’s incredible well-written. Levithan proves to be every bit the genius that my friends described him to be and I was not disappointed there. Occasionally, the sentences would get choppy and reading it felt a bit awkward, but I think it ended up playing into the character and the way A saw the world. Strict lines, specific rules, and as the book went on, the lines blurred and there were fewer choppy parts. Whether it was intentional on Levithan’s part or not, it worked really well.
As a writer, I found myself jealous that Levithan found a way to explore the minds of so many different people in one book. With A jumping around so much, Levithan gets to create multiple characters with unique stories. At the same time, few of those characters ever get developed and that is disappointing.
There were so many great things about this book, but for some reason I found myself not completely satisfied as I reached the end. Maybe it was the abrupt ending, maybe Levithan was built up too much, I don’t know. I just wanted a little more. I was totally hooked on the book while I was reading it, expecting at any moment something major would happen, and I would be running around telling everyone to go read this book.
That didn’t happen.
I almost feel as if I’m waiting for the sequel.
There was no showdown with the villain. There was no satisfying conclusion to A and Rhiannon. There was no climax, and because there was no climax, there was no resolution. It left me hanging. You left me hanging, Levithan!
Maybe that was the point. I just have a lot of questions that weren’t answered through the book.
All that being said, I would still recommend this book to any Young Adult fiction readers. Maybe you’ll find more answers than I did. Maybe you’ll be as obsessed by my friends. I’m not writing Levithan off completely by any means. I definitely see that he’s a fantastic writer; this book just didn’t do it for me. I’ll let you know my thoughts after Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.