Every Day

In Every day by  David Levithan, the narrator A finds himself in a brand new body totally different from the person he inhabited just the day before.  As a small child he did not realize that this was in any way abnormal. As the years go by, however, A learned that this phenomenon was indeed unusual. A adopts the persona of both girls and boys, gays and straights, jocks and beauty queens, and has no way of knowing ahead of time whose life he will be inhabiting  that day. Acceptance of this condition was never questioned until A meets Rhiannon, who becomes the love of his life. Rhiannon is romantically involved with a self-centered teenaged  boy named Justin. It is A’s dearest wish for Rhiannon to rid herself of Justin and to be only in love with him. The rules A imposes on himself while being someone else is to do no harm and to make no life-changing decisions. This rule is broken for the first time when A doesn’t get home by midnight and the real Nathan wakes up to find himself parked in a car by the side of the road and questioned by  police. A’s life becomes increasingly difficult because Nathan emails him daily to find out what’s behind his body takeover. At the same time A desperately wants to be with Rhiannon no matter whose body he is in. David Levithan has created a world of familiar teen problems that A has to decode. A learns from each person he becomes, but must finally make sense of the life he and Rhiannon try to share.

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