Everyday by David Levithan is another YA book lent to me by my YA fan friend. Like any YA books I’ve read, I don’t really get hooked on the first few chapters. I like the concept though. A, the protagonist lives his everyday in a different body, family, lifestyle. The moment he wakes up, he’s in a body of someone else. You might wanna question where does the soul of the body’s owner floats to, it is unknown. Even A, has no answer for this(however, the fact that he doesn’t know it became an important part of the story too). The moment the clock strikes at 12:00 am, A leaves the body and take over another, whether he likes it or not. And no, he can’t choose a body, gender, physical appearance, or habit. One thing that is very convenient for the story is that A could only take over the body of the same age. Say he is 16 now he could only take over a body of a 16 year old too and it is weird for me that his life really started at new born age. He must only live for a day the way that person lives his/her day. Must not do anything unusual to disrupt that person’s life. But what happens when he get attached to someone? What happens if he fall in love on that person’s girlfriend. Not his but the body he’s possessing for a day. Just one day. The story revolves on that.
I have no high expectation on this. I took this really lightly. Caught off guard, some quotes are shooting quickfire through me. One of my favorite lines is this :
People take love’s continuity for granted, just as they take their body for granted. They don’t realize that the best thing about love is its regular presence. Once you can establish that, it’s an added foundation to your life. But if you cannot have that regular presence, you only have the one foundation to support you, always.
I do like the simplicity of being with the person you love (not specifically a lover or partner only) . But I’m also guilty of asking for more than the presence.
I wanted love to conquer all. But love can’t conquer anything. It can’t do anything on its own. It relies on us to do the conquering on its behalf
I appreciate the loads of cheese on this story. But I also like the way A sees the world differently in different bodies he’s been to. It’s like reading multiple short stories all leading to one common goal: seeing Rhiannon(and there comes more platter of cheese). I wanted to dig deep into this but what could I expect, it’s a teen age boy in love. What the heck else is going to matter on an in love person?!
Upon finishing the book, I was able to see the outline of the story very clearly. I fell on the trap Levithan had set. It was a very effective plot that leads the reader to that kind of ending. And before I write a spoiler here, I’m only going to admit that I let some tears drop at the last part. It was touching specially when I heard the sweet yet sad background piano music playing from a drama tv show. My father was watching tv at that time. Awesome timing. So many feels. Just like the melody there, “Everyday” is a sweet and sad or sad in a sweet way.
It’s an easy book with somewhat relatable characters. Go read if you fancy young love with quotes that doesn’t require a proper age to relate with. 🙂