QBD Reviews: Everyday by David Levithan

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“I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.”

Everyday was one of the most interesting books I've read. It pulled me in from the first page and has been my benchmark for Young Adult Fiction ever since. The plot follows 'A', a gender-less and identity-less character who inhabits a different person's body everyday. (get it, because of the title?) 'A' must live that person's life for 24 hours; go to their school, talk to their parents, do their jobs, and leave at 12am without making any changes that go against their individual character. However, everything changes when 'A' spends a day as Justin, a rebellious, bratty teenager, and falls in love with his beautiful, spirited girlfriend, Rhiannon.

With all the teen 'do-anything-to-get-the-one-you-love' romance aside, this novel is about humans. All kinds. It really encapsulates the true meaning of being a human; that is, wanting to find that connection with another person, whether it be romantic or in a friendship. Levithan's story is poignant and different to anything I've read. A must read for anyone who loves John Green. Actually, a must read for humans.

~Emily, QBD Woodgrove