Author: David Levithan
Source: Borrowed (from Library)
Edition: Hardcover, 324 Pages
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published Date: August 28, 2012
Dates Read: March 7-10, 2013
I picked Every Day up on a whim from the library. I had read the synopsis at a bookstore earlier in the day and when I went to the library to pick up a book that was on hold for me I found it while I was browsing. The synopsis sounded really good, right up my alley, and I was really excited to delve in. I had seen a number of raving reviews on the blogs about this one so I made the decision to read it even though I had put myself on a “no new books until you’ve caught up on your eARCs” ban.
Maybe you can already tell by the first paragraph what my feelings are towards this read… If not, I’ll come right out and say this was not the book for me. That is not to say it wasn’t a good book, it just didn’t hit the mark for me. I partially blame this on all the paranormal YAs that I’ve been reading. I went into Every Day with certain expectations, I was sure it was going to go one way, and when it failed both I was left a little cheated.
Every Day is a well-written contemporary fantasy about love and its many forms. I thought the philosophical nature of this book made it just a smidge boring and slow-moving. I had a really hard time keeping myself interested in the story and that made this book more than a little hard to read.
A, was the most redeeming part of this book, in my opinion. His/her inner strength was formidable. I really cared for them, every time he/she jumped, I worried about where they went next. I wanted him/her to have his/her happy ending, he/she deserved it.
Rhiannon, was irritating. I never really connected to her, even by the end of the story I still didn’t like her much. I think my detachment to this character was a big factor in my blah feeling toward this read.
There were many things I really liked about this book which is why overall I’m really surprised I didn’t like the book as a whole more than I did.
- the theme: love has no boundaries
- his/her identity: the ambiguity
- the variety of people he jumped into: race, gender, disability, addiction, illness; and what all of that meant in the bigger picture. It was pretty awesome actually.
- the creepy Reverend, he made an excellent antagonist
I had some questions that were never answered like:
- What is he/her?
- How does the whole thing work?
- What is his purpose?
There really is no fulfilling responses to these questions. Sure we learn the distance of the jump and the gravity of what happens if the person he is visiting leaves the area, but we never learn just who/ what he is. We never find out the purpose of the whole thing. The overarching ambiguity of the entire novel, while beautiful in an opaque way was also very frustrating.
I need answers. I need a strong, satisfying conclusion and I’m sad to say Every Day did not deliver.
So overall, I’d have to say I recommend this book to someone who enjoys ambiguity and the philosophical nature of things. I wasn’t in love with this book, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be. Lots of people love this book, just peek over at the reviews for this story on Goodreads.