“Everyday I am someone else. I am myself—I know I am myself—but I am also someone else. It has always been like this.”(Levithan 1)
In David Levithan’s unique and captivating novel Every Day, the protagonist, a sixteen year old named A, wakes up each morning in the body of another person. Every day, A must adapt to a new life, assuming a new name, family, and set of challenges to navigate while attempting to keep the life of the host as normal as possible. Nothing in A’s life is constant or stable, and a sense of profound loneliness grows with each new day and identity. One day, however, A makes a special connection with a girl named Rhiannon, and soon both of their lives are changed forever.
As A travels from one identity to the next over the course of the story, readers are briefly introduced to a number of different characters that adolescent readers may relate to on a personal level. Mental illness, physical disabilities, loss, and family conflicts are just a few of the challenges that A encounters day to day in the bodies of these various sixteen year olds. Additional themes central to the story and A’s own set of challenges as a changing individual include romance, difference, belonging, gender and sexuality, morality and justice, and sense of self.
All adolescent readers can learn something from A. Among many other lessons, A teaches readers the power of compassion and human connection at times when it feels like the world is against you. A recollects, “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”(320). An unconventional and captivating romance novel dealing with so much more than just two everyday teens, Every Day provides readers with a new, more open-minded perspective on identity, love, and sense of self.
Source Cited: Levithan, David. Every Day. New York: Ember, 2012. Print.