Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Every Day, by David Levithan
It's a lonely existence—until, one day, it isn't. A meets a girl named Rhiannon. And, in an instant, A falls for her, after a perfect day together. But when night falls, it's over. Because A can never be the same person twice. But yet, A can't stop thinking about her. She becomes A's reason for existing. So each day, in different bodies—of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, walks of life—A tries to get back to her. And convince her of their love. But can their love transcend such an obstacle?
Levithan certainly writes some interesting stories, and this one is right up there. It's an interesting premise. Really, how would you cope with each day being a new existence? Never telling anyone who you really are, never really getting to experience life for yourself, just everyone else's, every day.
The story is interesting. While the narrator's voice stays the same each day, his (her?) experience and story doesn't. One day he's a straight teenage boy, the next an Asian teenage girl, the next a homosexual teenager. The sudden shift and instantaneous necessity of adopting a role and "walking a mile in someone's shoes" will grab a lot of readers immediately--number-wise AND across the spectrum.
That's what will grab their attention, but it's also the aspect that will bridge many a discussion. Just what is attraction at it's basest form?
Watch for it to be a little over the top in the prose. The story lends itself to a lot of philosophical meandering, and Levithan takes it there well, but I did find myself occasionally giving the big sigh of "move on already."
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