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May 15, 2013 BOOKLIST
Titles similar to Every Day
A (his only name) has a secret. Each morning he wakes up in a different body and life. Sometimes he is a boy, sometimes a girl; sometimes he is gay, sometimes straight; sometimes he is ill, more often well. The only unchanging facts are that he is always 16, and it is a different persona he “borrows” each day. It has always been this way for him, though he doesn’t know why it should be. He does know that it is imperative that he do nothing to change his host’s life, until he meets Rhiannon and, for the first time, falls in love. And then all bets are off. Levithan has created an irresistible premise that is sure to captivate readers. While the story requires a willing suspension of disbelief, the plot is so compelling that readers will be quick to comply. Aside from his premise, Levithan has done an extraordinary job of creating more than 30 characters, each one a distinct individual and each one offering fresh insights into A’s character. Those familiar with Levithan’s earlier work will not be a bit surprised to learn that his latest is beautifully written (lips are “gates of desire”; “sadness turns our features to clay, not porcelain”). All these elements work together to make a book that is a study in style, an exercise in imagination, and an opportunity for readers themselves to occupy another life, that of A himself.
HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Levithan is one of the giants of YA literature, but lest anyone forget, there’s a robust marketing campaign backing up his latest effort.