Every Day by David Levithan
I wake up.
Immediately, I have to figure out who I am. It’s not just the body - opening my eyes and discovering whether the skin on my arm is light or dark, whether my hair is long or short, whether I’m fat or thin, boy or girl, scarred or smooth. The body is the easiest thing to adjust to, if you’re used to waking up in a new one ech morning. It’s the life, the context of the body that can be hard to grasp.
Every day I am someone else. I am myself - I know I am myself - but I am also someone else.
It has always been this way.
Some books pass the time. Some books make you wish you were a part of them. And some books just blow you away and leave you near speechless with how wonderful they were. Every Day is that sort of book.
In order to read it, you have to let go. You can’t question why A’s body changes daily, or how it got to be that way. You have to just accept that it is. I wish that had been explained a little more, but since A didn't seem to know, either, it just added an air of mystery to the story.
A is not a boy or a girl. A is not defined by sexuality or race. A simply takes on the gender of whatever body they're inhabiting. I really enjoyed that, not many books have a character who doesn't fit the gender binary/doesn't have a gender at all. A takes on the bodies and lives of many people. Each one is different, and that’s something to love, too. It almost made me wonder, what if there were people like A, and we just didn't know it? Even though it's completely impossible, Levithan makes you believe that it's real, which is the mark of a good writer.
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