EVERYDAY by DAVID LEVITHAN
“It’s as if when you love someone, they become your reason.”
“Kindness connects to who you are, while niceness connects to how you want to be seen.”
“I am always amazed by people who know something is wrong but still insist on ignoring it, as if that will somehow make it go away. They spare themselves the confrontation, but end up boiling in resentment anyway.”
“And once again I think about how people use the devil as an alias for the things they fear. The cause and effect is backward. The devil doesn’t make anyone do anything. People just do things and blame the devil after.”
I found Everyday to be filled with wisdom. A had me living the existence of an intersex teenage soul. I’m yet to a more inclusive first person story. My ebook is littered with highlighted sentences which made me think a lot about my life. The choices I make, my appreciation of my family, friends, lovers, habits and daily routines, my financial status, beliefs and spirituality, my relationship investments and even cybersafety.
“Deep down? That sounds like settling to me. You shouldn’t have to venture deep down in order to get to love.”
I really liked A, the soul character of this novel. Everyday A wakes up in a new teenager’s body and tries to live that person’s life responsibly then leaves. Until A is Justin and falls in love with his girlfriend, Rhiannon. Then it’s everyday in a different body but in love with the same girl. A just don’t stay in love with Rhiannon but finds her everyday in various bodies to build memories and make her know them. Slowly Rhiannon develops affection for A while enduring her unsatisifying relationship with Justin. I was very happy about their budding romance. There was the monotony of A’s existence which changed to adventure after attending a party in the body of good boy Peter who wanted answers afterwards. Everyday they and Rhiannon communicated in person or via email was a treat. Their dialogue was honest.
“Falling in love with someone doesn’t mean you know any better how they feel. It only means you know how you feel.”
A had a lot of wisdom to share with me. I people watch a lot and observe life so I found many realisations true and learnt new things. I agree with writers of other reviews that a major theme of this bestselling novel is identity. Infact, simply reading the novel broadens one’s mind on identity (all its aspects). Almost every reality is reresented through’s A’s journey. From religious teenagers to drug addicted ones to Beyonce-slay, black queen to low-income, buff, white boys and asian teens. Everything—even a Latino gay boyfriend attending pride, menstrual cramping, illegal, immigrant maid and a suicidal girl. It was admirable how responsible A was with each body lived in, sometimes doing something good for the person before midnight.
“Self-preservation isn’t worth it if you can’t live with the self you’re preserving.”
This novel was character dense. Its Chapters written in number of days, eg. Chapter 5999. All these were tools used by the author to address issues of gender, identity, soulful love,finance and tech, humanity and societal rules. The narrative was in simple English, honest tone and thought provoking. Written in stream of consciousness and first person point of view, it was intimate and emotional. I really recommend this book which now has a movie adaptation. It was set in various homes across Maryland in the US. Rhiannon’s house was a focal point A and their bodies kept charting to each day. I was upset about the end of the novel but A, always being fair left Rhiannon with a kind of lover she needed while going to find themselves. This amazing read gets four fireworks. if you’d like to know answers to what makes us human and how to live consciously daily.
“I don’t have the heart to tell him that’s the wrong way to think about the world. There will always be more questions. Every answer leads to more questions. The only way to survive is to let some of them go.”