Not an everyday book

Jenny Glasscock, Features Editor

When you go to the young adult section of a bookstore these days, it seems like you’re faced with two options: choose the dystopian Hunger Games-esque novel or a paranormal romance book that seems to have a strikingly similar plot to Twilight. If you love those kinds of books, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Some books in those genres are well written, but the problem is the major lack of variety on the shelf for teens other than these repetitive stories.

But there is still hope. David Levithan adds freshness to the young adult genre with his latest novel Every day.

The book is about 16-year-old genderless character simply named A, who wakes up in someone else’s body each morning. A has never had their (I’ll just refer to A as ‘they’ for sake of a gender neutral pronoun) own body. They wake up in someone their age’s body, regardless of race, gender or size, and must spend the day living as that person.

A teaches themself to never grow too close to anyone in their life because they will only have to wake up as a different person the next day, and may never see them again. But that changes when one morning they wake up in the body of Justin and they meet his girlfriend Rhiannon. After the day is over, they can’t stop thinking about her. They want to have her in their life permanently, but it seems almost impossible to make the relationship work when they are someone different every day.

The concept of the Every day is enough to reel anyone in, and the writing and storytelling are no disappointment. It’s entertaining and leaves you constantly wondering who A will wake up as next.

The book’s main theme of loving someone regardless of their appearance is something people of every age can learn from. It’s enough to make you stop and think. It’s the type of book that you can pick up and reread over and over and not get bored—you learn something new every time you read it.

Every day rightfully takes its spot as an Abraham Lincoln 2014 Illinois High School book award nominee. It’s an outstanding novel of our time that everyone should read it at least once.