I totally did not expect to read an entire book today but then I had the best, most relaxing Sunday afternoon in recent memory: on the couch with Mr. S, the cat, my Kindle, a bag of Pirate's Booty, and a bottle of flavored seltzer. So, here's another review for you--I wanted to get it up today rather than waiting, because this book is just out and I think people will be talking about it quite a bit!
What I Read This Afternoon:
Every Day by David Levithan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a very quick read for me. It definitely sucked me in and held my interest. I was totally hooked by the premise--A is a teenager who has always woken up in a different body and a different life every morning, but one day A falls in love with a girl named Rhiannon and struggles to be with her as much as possible. I couldn't imagine how that could be executed in a way that didn't feel kind of weird and off-putting, but I trust David Levithan so I gave it a shot. A's voice is so natural and likable that it somehow didn't feel weird at all, which is pretty impressive, and Rhiannon's own discomfort and confusion helped to absorb any of my own that would have remained. I was impressed by the simultaneous thoughtfulness and absolute readability; the book engaged with some big ideas and did them justice, but at the same time, it was a story of two teenagers who want to be together but can't, just like 85% of the other books I've read this year (at least!). It most strongly reminded me of Before I Fall--while it was, strictly speaking, fantastical, it really read like a contemporary. And it definitely made me think. I recommend this to any fans of contemporary YA who are in the mood for something just a little bit different.
I received a free e-book copy in advance from Netgalley; this is an honest review reflecting my own opinions.
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