Every Day begins with the protagonist in the body of a sixteen year old boy named Justin. The character is not Justin but in a way he is, or at least he is for the day. Our main character, known as A, wakes up in a different body every day. Sometimes it's a boy's body and sometimes it's a girl's. But either way, that's how it's been since the beginning. Up until now, A has gone along with this way of life. But that's before he falls in love.
What happens next is heartbreaking, beautiful, and dare I say, life-changing. I know this book has definitely helped changed the way I look at the world. But I guess that's what all writers kind of secretly hope for when writing; we hope that our words can change the world, even if it's only one person, one life.
I don't want to give too much away because I'd rather everyone just read this book! But I will say, almost every page I found words that spoke to me. While I loved many of the quotes in this book, my favorite explained: "It's as if when you love someone, they become your reason." I still remember the book that became the reason I loved reading, the teacher that became the reason I loved english and writing, and even the person that became my reason for pushing forward.
While each day in this book brings us a different person, A's appreciation of life and the possibilities it has to offer stays with each change in identity. Through A's unique outlook, I felt my own view of the world become revitalized, reminding me how precious each day is, how beautiful it is to get a tomorrow.
Though this book had to end, I didn't want it to. It really sparkled from start to finish and I didn't want to leave that pleasant glow. The characters are brought to life through their imperfections and with Levithan's words, I think it brought me back to life (even if I didn't know I needed to be brought back). But that's the best thing about books. I think the moment they open you back up to the world, the moment they make you feel something, they've already performed some kind of magic. And I absolutely love that. Check out Every Day by David Levithan before its companion, Another Day, debuts this summer!