Tuesday’s Odd Shelf: Every Day

Well, eventually I might do another post on writing, but for now, I’m doing more reading than writing except for NaNoWriMo (which is not so much writing as inconsequential word vomit).

Every Day by David Levithan

This book has a pretty wicked premise. “A” is a genderless, bodiless being who wakes up in a new body every day. He has rules to keep himself detached and sane, but when he wakes up in Justin’s body and meets Justin’s girlfriend, he finds someone he wants to be with day in and day out.

 What I liked: Part of Levithan’s message is that love is not defined by physicality, but by something else, a spirit-to-spirit connection. A invades the bodies of those suffering from severe depression, obesity, gender identity confusion, and a variety of family situations. Even though these narratives stray from the storyline sometimes, they were interesting and entertaining to read. Also, Levithan is just a pretty writer, and by that I mean he uses light, lyrical prose that makes you want to underline things.

 What I didn’t like: The probability of A’s existence presents a lot of holes, none of which are addressed. In the beginning, the reader is asked to suspend disbelief, to merely accept the way this is, but as it turns out, nothing will be explained . . . ever. This gives the story the feel of a giant metaphor, whiiiich . . . eh. Thanksbutnothanks. Mostly Levithan avoids getting preachy, but those readers who believe love exists within certain gender restrictions are going to be made to feel like those opinions are wrong. Much of the book felt underdeveloped, sort of swallowed by this mammoth idea.

Should you read it? Definitely. Its flaws don’t overshadow its good points, and it brings up things every well-rounded reader should think about. In the end, love wins out, even if not in the way you expect. It gets four stars. Or like… 3.9 maybe.

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