Each morning, A wakes up in a different body. There’s never any warning about who it will be, but A is used to that. Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
And that’s fine – until 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 someone he wants to be with – every day…
A character devoid of sex or gender (not to mention body), how could it possibly work? But it does. So well. In Every Day, you lose yourself between the pages, flying through tightly constructed chapters that showcase a new day, and introduce the reader to a host of equally diverse and thought-out characters, that are just as engaging as our protagonist.
A transcends the limitations we place on our own self-identification, existing as both sexes and neither simultaneously, experiencing a freedom from the gender binary, and able to develop as a person based on who A is on the inside. The physical self doesn’t define A, just as the sex and gender of the person occupied doesn’t define who A falls in love with. Every Day is a novel that carries the poignant message that what you look like does not define who you are, offering the reader an entirely unconventional protagonist who, despite the odds, manages to be entirely relatable. Because who hasn’t felt alone in the world? Segregated? Unseen, or misunderstood?
In its own way, Levithan’s Every Day is a social commentary on the struggle we face to find our place in the world, and how we fit in it. One the other, it’s a classic tale of two people who fall in love, and fight the odds to stay together. A novel of simplicity and complexity in equal measure, I really can’t fault it (besides the odd typo here and there) It’s unique, thought provoking, and inspired. A thoroughly good read.