Who Am I Now?
Every Day’s narrator, A, isn’t a boy or a girl. A doesn’t have a certain eye color, hair color, height, weight, or skin color. A doesn’t go to the same school every day, doesn’t sleep in the same bed every day. A doesn’t have a family.
In this fantasy novel, A wakes up each day in a different person’s body. A never knows whose body it will be, and each day has to quickly adjust to that particular person’s life. A could be a big hairy metalhead dude or a petite Spanish-speaking maid. A could be a happy and popular kid, or a loner that’s very depressed or addicted to drugs. It’s completely random.
No Body = No Love?
It’s impossible to have friends—until A meets Rhiannon. One day, A ends up in Justin, Rhiannon’s boyfriend’s body. A doesn’t usually form attachments to people, but he falls hard for Rhiannon—she’s absolutely lovely. A recognizes how extraordinary she is, and could treat her so much better than Justin does.
But how can a body-less drifter like A have a relationship? A pursues Rhiannon throughout the book and tries to find out. As usual, Levithan had me hooked. I kept anticipating what life A would lead next, and wondering how the story would end. It does have a satisfying conclusion (though maybe not what you’d expect).
Author David Levithan
Here’s author David Levithan reading a passage from Every Day.
Karen Choy is the youth services librarian in Half Moon Bay.