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Every Day
Contributor(s): Levithan, David
ISBN: 0307931897     ISBN-13: 9780307931894
Publisher: Ember
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: September 2013
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Annotation: Waking up in the body of a different person every day and struggling to pass through each experience without raising alarm, "A" endures a lonely existence before falling in love with a girl named Rhiannon, with whom he endeavors to reunite.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Love; Fiction.
Identity; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2013038484
Lexile Measure: 650
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.66 lbs) 324 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 153413
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 11.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q58589
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 19.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): VID LEVITHAN is a children's book editor in New York City, and the author of several books for young adults, including Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (co-authored with Rachel Cohn); Will Grayson, Will Grayson (co-authored with John Green); and Every You, Every Me (with photographs from Jonathan Farmer). He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
"A" wakes up in a different sixteen-year-old's body every morning; bodies match his/her (the protagonist is, in essence, gender neutral) age and A never travels far geographically unless the host body does. But what happens when A falls in love? Levithan poses this question early on and then shapes the narrative into a profound exploration of what it means to love someone.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #6)
"A," the narrator of Levithan's brilliantly conceived novel, wakes up in a different sixteen-year-old's body every morning and has to adjust to different physical characteristics, a different family, a different school, different friends. The process does have certain parameters. For instance, A always wakes up in bodies that match his/her (the protagonist is, in essence, gender neutral) age and never travels far geographically unless the host body does. A realizes that this way of life is unique, but over the years s/he has come to terms with it. "I'm never going to figure it out, any more than a normal person will figure out his or her own existence. After a while, you have to be at peace with the fact that you simply are." But what happens when A falls in love? Levithan poses this question early in the novel and then shapes the narrative into a profound exploration of what it means to love someone. Before meeting Rhiannon, A responsibly tried not to make waves in his/her hosts' lives, like a camper who leaves a campsite as clean as it was found. But now s/he "hijacks" bodies, making them drive to meet Rhiannon at parties and coffee shops. In one instance A strands a host, Cinderella-like, by the side of the road at midnight so that the boy awakens in his car, ranting that he was the victim of demonic possession. "I am not the devil," A thinks. So who is s/he? What is his/her place in the world? Readers will savor every word of A's attempt to figure that out. christine m. heppermann Copyright 2012 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 July #2)

Is it possible to disregard someone's exterior to see—and love—that person's true, interior self? That's just one of the provocative questions Levithan (Every You, Every Me) asks in a novel that follows "A," who takes over the body of a different person each day at midnight. Right around A's 6,000th day on the planet, A meets Rhiannon—girlfriend of current host body Justin—and falls in love. A is careful not to disrupt the lives of the bodies he/she inhabits (A doesn't identify as male or female), but that starts to change as A pursues Rhiannon. Levithan sets up the rules of this thought experiment carefully: A only hops between the bodies of teenagers (who all live fairly near each other), and A can access their memories. As a result, the story unfolds smoothly (the regular shifts between bodies give the novel a natural momentum), but it's also less ambitious. Despite the diverse teens A inhabits, A's cerebral, wiser-than-thou voice dominates, in much the same way A directs the lives of these teens for 24 hours. Ages 12–up. Agent: Bill Clegg, William Morris Endeavor. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 September)

Gr 9 Up—Levithan uses a straightforward hook-a 16-year-old soul named A wakes up in a different teenage body everyday-to explore identity. While the mechanics of A's ability are intermittently examined, they quickly become the backdrop to the myriad lives A inhabits and the strong identity he (or she as A does not identify with either gender) has created to survive this transient existence. His strong moral code is based on respect for the person whose life he disrupts and the consequences he doesn't have to face. That code is challenged when he falls in love with a girl named Rhiannon after spending a day in the body of her slacker boyfriend, Justin. Complexities arise when one of A's subsequent hosts, Nathan, has an awareness that he was possessed (presumably by the devil), and the story goes viral. Navigating a new body daily while attempting to build a relationship with Rhiannon and make sense of his condition leads to many philosophical quandaries that Levithan infuses with intelligence and poignancy while remaining nondidactic. Indeed, every step of the narrative feels real and will elicit a strong emotional response from readers and offer them plenty of fodder for speculation, especially regarding the nature of love.—Nicole Politi, The Ocean County Library, Lavallette, NJ

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