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[Review] Everyday by David Levithan

August 9, 2012

Levithan, David.  Everyday.  336pp.   Knopf.  August 14, 2012.   9780307931887.   I am soooo late with this review, considering the book is possibly slated to come out next week, but here goes….

Each day that “A” wakes up  in a new body with a whole new set of memories and a whole new set of  routines and responsibilities.    “A” never knows what body is being inhabited each morning.  The body choices are neither race or gender specific.    It could be obese, skinny,  gay, black, white, Asian, Native American, male or female.  It could be a member of a good family, a member of a rotten family or have no family.  “A” can gain access to the body’s memory but not the body’s feelings.  So, “A” has to make sure there is no personality change.  “A” is very careful not to get the newby in trouble or bring any attention to that person while being inhabited. Some times this can prove to be a challenge for “A” because there are times when “A” wants to help the host by either teaching the host and family a lesson or gaining retaliation for the host for the way the host is being treated by others in the host’s life.

The one thing consistant throughout the book is that “A’s” physical self is in constant change and the other consistancy is that “A” is in love and tries to maintain this relationship–body changes and all.    The love interest is pop star Rhiannon, who is portrayed as beautiful yet humble…not letting her good looks go to her head.

 “A” is not quite male or female, but there is a type of “self” for “A”, however, without a body, there’s no gender or sexual entity.  This existance is a cause for questions to rise in the reader’s head.  What would you be deep inside, void of sexual identity/void of cultural identity/void of  families and friends? 

I have to say that the ending, without spoiling it for you is appropriate and emotional.  I also have to say that “A” slips up in the various attempts to put a mask on self.  What would the world and society truely be like void of preconceived ideas about ethnic-gender-class differences?  How would it really feel to actually walk in someone else’s shoes?  Not enough can be said of Levithan’s perspective and genius.  I will definitely include this in my collection and I will also suggest this book in support of the secondary k12 social studies curriculum on civil/gender/human rights.

Read my library post on Everyday and see what author David Levithan has to say about his new book!

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