Meaning of Love


Every Day by David Levithan is the story of A, who wakes up as a different person every morning. The book opens on day 5,995 with the 16 year old in the body of a self-centered boy named Justin. A never knows who he will wake up as so he chooses not to alter the life of his host.  He makes the day as routine as possible by accessing the host’s memories. Things change when he meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. The two cut class and drive to the ocean; Rhiannon, of course, thinks she is with Justin. By the end of their unexpected day together, A is in love.
A doesn’t have a family, a gender, or a body to go back to inhabit. This makes it easier to sever ties with the people in the host’s life. Suddenly this is not true with Rhiannon. Instead A plots to connect with her in different bodies, breaking the rule of not deviating from the daily routine of his host’s life. Every Day defies logic so you have to accept the story for what it is and try to understand Levithan’s question: What establishes love? Is it just physical attraction, a deep connection from within, or a combination of both? Most of the plot revolves around A trying to spend time with Rhiannon. Their love is tested as A appears in a different body each day, ranging from a suicidal Goth girl to an overweight boy; a geek to a drug addict; a transgender to a beauty queen and so forth. The poetic prose is wise; it will reel you in from the beginning and leave you wanting more at the end.

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