Saturday, October 20, 2012

Every Day

Title: Every Day 
Author: David Levithan 
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers 
Publication Date: August, 2012 
Genre/Format: Realistic Fantasy/Novel 
GoodReads Summary: In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a "wise, wildly unique" love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life.

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

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 in, day out, day after day.
With his new novel, David Levithan, bestselling co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.
What I Think: I have to be completely honest - when my friend first tried to explain this book to me, I was so confused. I had way too many questions and couldn't wrap my brain around A and his life. I'm sure it was similar to when I told a friend about Twilight ages ago and said, "This girl moves to live with her dad and she falls in love with this guy...but he's a vampire." I remember getting the wildest looks until everyone started reading and talking about Twilight and then it wasn't so strange. Well, as I was listening to the premise of Every Day I was about as bewildered....and then I started reading and listening to it on audio and it all just makes sense. My friend finally told me, just read it, it makes so much more sense when you read it. She was completely right. I loved it. I don't even think David Levithan does all that much to explain A's life/existence other than just describing his day to day life. Readers are thrown right into the story, I love that it doesn't take chapters and chapters to get into the story.
     I will tell you that I cried my eyes out at the end of this book. I honestly had no idea how David was going to finish this story but when I got there, it made complete sense. It ended how it had to end and it was beautiful. I love how A changed over the course of the book. I liked A from the beginning but love and admire A by the end. It really is a beautiful story. 
Read Together: Grades 8 - 12 
Read Alone: Grades 8 - 12 
Read With: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, The Five People  You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson (I've only seen the movie and it looks like the book is different from the movie...but I highly recommend the movie.), Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, The Butterfly Effect by James Swallow (I only saw the movie of this, too! But it seems like people like the book on GoodReads.)
Snatch of Text:  
"If you stare at the center of the universe, there is a coldness there. A blankness. 
Ultimately, the universe doesn't care about us. Time doesn't care about us.

That's why we have to care about each other." 
Mentor Text For: Perspective, Personal Narrative, Author's Purpose, Visualizing
Writing Prompts: Choose a person you see walking down the street, in the grocery store, at the library, etc., and tell his or her story from his or her perspective. What do you imagine it might be like to be that person and what is happening in that person's life? 
Topics Covered: People, Family, Friends, Love, Relationships, Time, Change, Morality, Kindness, Responsibility, Right Vs Wrong, Making Choices, Consequences, Empathy, Selflessness
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