Every Day by David Levithan: A Book Review

every-day-coverThe concept of the story is what I had thought of before.  How if you were given a chance , or you had this special ability or power to transfer into  a body of a certain person just to know how it feels like to be in that body as well as  to understand the life  that person has? .  ( You may come up with the  idea that this situation is sorta  parasitical entity in paranormal psychology or a Dybbuk in Jewish mythology.)  What a bizarre thought! But just the heck of  fun, just in a day or for good , whose that  person would you like to possess and why? Whee, I can read your mind!

The question above is what the concept of the story is all about.  A as in A, with capital A, is a man who  has never had this permanent body is like a soul  which  transfers from one body of a different person , of  different gender to another  since he was born. The drama turns when he   has an awakening moment in a day with   Rhiannon, the woman  he   falls for out of the blue,  possessing  the body of her boyfriend, Justin. Thereby, Rhiannon has intimate relationship with A  when she finds out his  unimaginable situation. However,  this fantasy will test the mettle of their relationship. That is! A very outlandish story !

In the beginning, I read it  giddily like a teenager back in my high-school life when I was fond of reading pocketbooks or chit lits. (If you are Filipino born in the 90’s , I guess you get what I meant to say. ^^) I enjoyed every page   written with beautifully lyrical and poetic lines as if I was just reading a romantic poem. However, this   impact vanished  as the story centers around the two main characters trying to understand  and get connected to each other  with different aspects of life: one lives  in the reality while the other one in a fantasy. Correspondingly, I lost that romantic feeling  taken that I am turning to my 30’s next year. Hmp! In short, in Filipino, hindi na ako naiinog.( I  was no longer giddy.)  What a spoiling plot! Nevertheless, I liked its ending as what I had predicted: It is more realistic to let someone  go than let  a situation that never clings to the reality unless such thing really exists.

On the other hand, the book is OK because it   has good intentions. It teaches us  two moral lessons.

First,  since we are all different beholders having no ideas of what  we see in the world, notably of understanding the people around us, we should not be judgmental  and prejudiced toward them. It is like what  the cliché  goes that we can understand a person if we were in his/ her shoes.

Through A, being described as an empty man, having no permanent body and a family he can live with, we learn to understand  those different kinds of people he takes  possession of , such as of  a blind girl, a suicidal teen-ager, an obese man, a slut, a mean woman, a depressed girl, an actor with a perfect life, et al . At the end, we come to ourselves that there is a reason why life should go on.

Second, after reading it, it also occurred to me   that in the context of psychology, if you had this bizarre thought of transferring to  a different body,  you may  not be  completely satisfied  in a sense that physically, you want to have a beautiful body , so that you could have a good-looking boyfriend or girlfriend; in a sense that  emotionally, you want to fill up that empty feeling; in a sense that socially, you want to have self-belongingness; in a sense that mentally or intellectually, you want to be smart or howsoever ; and many , many reasons  more.

In the story, apparently, the only thing A  wants is to be as emotionally  complete and normal as people.

Therefore, the novel  has got to deal with what is reality and with what is fantasy.  Not that I know of! @_@

Just for the heck of fun, I wish I were in the  body of the famous Filipino fashion designer, Francis Libiran, or of  the best-selling author and notorious atheist, Sam Harris. Wheeee! ^_____^

Rating: 2/ 5 stars ( It’s ok. )


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