Every Day by David Levithan

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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 after day.

I love David Levithan’s writing. I love the way he thinks about and conveys difference – or, more to the point, the affect difference has on us. He explores this (and so much more, of course) through his writing, which is beautiful.

The premise, the idea that a person could live a meaningful and happy life waking up in a different body and living a different life each day, is a creative and exciting way to explore the notion of difference, sexuality and love.

How Every Day inspired my writing

The pace…
David knows how to move things along or slow things down – he’s very sensitive to the reader. (This is the second of David’s books that I’ve read. The first, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, was co-authored with John Green.)

The dialogue…
It’s beautiful and rarely – if ever – do I trip over the words or lose track of who’s talking. I’m sure this comes as a result of hard work during the editing process, but its seamless progression reminds me of long hand quilting where the stitches zig, zag, curve or swirl around the surface, but you can always follow the line.

 


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