A wakes up as a different person every day. A only spends one day in each body. It has been this way all of A's 16 years of life. If you want to know why A is this way -- don't read Every Day. That's not what this book is about.
Every Day is about relationships. About a person who can't have any lasting relationships. And, when this person tries to have a lasting relations -- what can happen.
A falls hard for Rhiannon. A keeps visiting her when A is in other bodies. Eventually A tells her the secret. They try to have a relationship, but you can imagine this is no easy task.
A is ungendered (and it's really hard to write this review without "he's" and "she's!") A ends up in all kinds of people's bodies. Girls, boys, sick, healthy, fat, skinny, gay, straight, drug addicts, poor, rich -- you name it -- A has lived it. For a day.
Every Day will really make you think. I think I would have probably committed suicide if I were A. I can't imagine living without any long-term relationships. No parents, siblings, or even friends.
It is a bit unsettling to me not to know why this happens. Also, we really don't get a great explanation of what happens to the person whose body is stolen for a day, and what happens when they return to their bodies having missed a day. But you really need to give that up (and I tried) because that's not what Every Day is about.
I was also a bit confused by the ending, although the part I understood was understandable and heartbreaking. That's all I can say without spoilers.
Every Day is a very quick read. It's easily understood and easily draws you in. I think Every Day would be a great read for those kids that say, "I don't know what kind of book I like." I'll be recommending Every Day every chance I get.
Published by Knopf BFYR, 2012
Copy obtained from the library
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