Every Day – By David Levithan

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Goodreads Synopsis: Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

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I had actually never heard of this book until I saw the trailer for the movie, and then I was excited to read the book because it looked like the story could be a great pansexual representation. Spoiler. It wasn’t.

Every Day follows A, a being that jumps body to body and lives a day in a life of a new person every day.  A is seemingly a harmless entity in the beginning of the book, but they quickly go downhill. At first they have a rule of not interfering, and just trying to let the host body live a normal day. Then they fall in love with Rhiannon, and all of those rules are thrown to the side. While A does do some good for a suicidal character, they end up doing harm to at least two character in the name of ”love”. One body is dragged to a party and then left on the side of the road, just to see Rhiannon. Another time they mess up a family’s vacation plans. It made me very uncomfortable.

Not to mention this book also follows the troupe of stalking being alright if you’re in love. Stalking is never okay and in the real world Rhiannon would have called the cops on A and then had to go to therapy. Which brings me to Rhiannon’s character.

I thought her character was going to be pansexual, but very quickly in the developing romance between her and A I realized that was not so at all. Rhiannon is very clearly not attracted to anyone but males, which is totally fine. But I disliked it that A pressured her so much to try and see the ”real them” regardless of the body. Which is a good message, expect that they were very clearly making Rhiannon uncomfortable. Pressuring is never okay. Also I really disliked Rhiannon’s reaction to the trans character, she obviously didn’t get it and seemed to treat the body with some amount of disdain.

If you can get past these troubling parts the story wasn’t badly written, it had some plot twists I didn’t see coming. I really liked the ending, I thought it was realistic and was ultimately best for the two of them. The ending is what saved the book for me, I would have given it a much lower rating 3 stars if it had gone any other way.  I actually feel like this book I should give it a 2.5 star rating, but in 2018 Goodreads still hasn’t added half stars.

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