Series: Every Day #1
Publisher: Knopf Books
Date Published: August 28, 2012
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult
Audiobook Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
Audiobook Narrator: Alex McKenna
Description: Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that 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 found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
This book was unique, which I appreciated. This book was thought provoking and made me ask questions of myself, which I also liked. Starting every day out on a new day, with a new main character? Did NOT like.
The story is told from the first person narrative of A. A is neither boy nor girl. A is just A. Every day, A wakes up in the body of a local 16 year old teenager, just not the SAME body every day and never the same body twice. Got that? A does not travel, he/she simply manifests in the body of a nearby 16 year old, presumably because A is 16. The change happens at midnight every night. A cannot control the change. It’s always been this way for A.
I did find this book stressful in that every day, it was like the beginning of a book. I grew attached to some characters and didn’t like knowing I’d get no more of their story once the chapter ended because A would wake up in a new body every morning. Perhaps, that is the point, right? We don’t always get to know the ending of some stories in real life, either. I was a little frustrated with the ending of the book because nothing was neatly tied up. I like how A and Rhiannon’s story was left. I didn’t like that A never really explored what Poole was telling him.
Every Day explores human prejudices. The book touches on all types of
issues topics from homosexuality, to drugs, obesity, love, bullying, mental illness, gender identity, etc. The main idea I took away from this book: Even though we are all born with innate qualities that we cannot control, every day we wake up with the ability to choose what kind of person we are going to be. There are some great quotes, good writing and for that the book earns 3 stars from me. Overall, the book sort of stressed me out and bored me simultaneously. I hear talk of a sequel. I will not be reading on.
This book has an interesting concept and it was unique, I’ll give it that. It really reminded me of Quantum Leap (you know, the TV show, or am I showing my age?). Growing up basically body hopping is quite the experience, I’m sure. I know I wouldn’t like it, but hey, that’s one way to really get to know people. This book also has some really good quotes.
I do have to say though Every Day got a bit repetitive in the middle. I got tired of meeting a new character every day, hearing about that person’s life, and how A reacts to his/her new body. It felt very routine after a while and while some stories and some individuals really stood out and helped the plot progress, others just felt like filler. It also felt very judgey. Sometimes A was compassionate for his “host body” and other times A was just cruel. I didn’t like how A would first say that he/she tries not to mess with the person’s life too much but then goes and contradicts him/herself by making some drastic decisions just to stay near this girl he fell for. I also thought the day where “this is what it feels like to blink her eyes” was just creepy! Just, no!
I liked the ending though. I think A did something very noble for Rhiannon. I’m not gonna go into any possible spoilers though.
The audio narrator was fitting. The voice was ambiguous and I couldn’t really tell if the narrator is a male or female, so I thought that fit very well for A. But, the narrator’s voice kept cracking and I wanted to clear my throat. So that was distracting.
Overall, a decent book but it had its flaws. It was definitely a fun book club discussion though.