Monday, November 05, 2012

Book Review: Every Day

Here's the back cover blurb for Every Day by David Leviathan:

I wake up.

Immediately, I have to figure out who I am. It's not just the body -- opening my eyes and discovering whether the skin on my arm is light or dark, whether my hair is long or short, whether I'm fat or thin, boy or girl, scarred or smooth. The body is the easiest thing to adjust to, if you're used to waking up in a new one each morning. It's the life, the context of the body, that can be hard to grasp.

Every day I am someone else. I am myself -- I know I am myself -- but I am also someone else.

It has always been like this.


Now, if that doesn't make you want to read the book, I don't know what would. It drew me in, for sure.

Let me just state right up front that Every Day is fabulous and the author is brilliant. And, no, I don't know the author and no one is paying me to say that. I…loved…this…book. It was the first thing I picked up each morning. I wanted to see who he would be that day. I wanted to know if he would find his way back to the girl he fell in love with. I wanted to know if there would ever be a day when things would change for him and he would not skip from body to body, girl to boy, place to place.

He's never in the same body twice. And every day he has to adjust to who he is for that day. He has to try to take on their persona so as not to totally disrupt their life. After all, tomorrow he will be gone and the body he leaves would have to suffer the consequences if he screws up.

And he has to keep his secret. Not let anyone know about his body skipping. What would be the consequences? To him? To the body he's inhabiting that day? He knows the danger. And, yet, there comes a time when he's willing to take that risk. Even though he knows it won't make a difference. He'll still skip to the next body.

Let me state again, I really, really, liked this book. So, yes, I recommend it.

Amazon, hardcover, Kindle and Audio 

Barnes and Noble, Hardcover and Nook  

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Books a Million, hardcover and eBook    

I give Every Day a rating of Hel-of-an-Author/Book
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Disclaimer
: This book was sent to me. I did not request it nor was I compensated for reading or reviewing it. Okay, wait a minute, let me change that. I was compensated. I looked forward to picking it up every morning. And every morning, every body he inhabited fascinated me. I kept turning pages and I was almost sad when it ended. I guess that qualifies as compensation. Actually, it's the best compensation.

16 comments:

  1. The description of the protagonist finding himself in a new body each day sounds like the TV show from the early 90s called Quantum Leap. Now there's a blast from my teens. I will have to check this book out.

    Elle

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    1. It is rather like that, only a bit more intense.

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  2. My son read this book! :) He mentioned that he thought it would have been a good pick for his English class to read, actually.

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    1. I'd agree with him, Elizabeth. Because the character jumps from one sex to the other, we learn what he learns in those situations. Although it might depend on the age group of the readers.

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  3. That is one of the best back cover blurbs I've seen. Thanks for the recommendation. It sounds very intriguing.
    karen

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    1. If nothing else, I'd recommend it to writers. For me, it was one of those books that I thought, man, I wish I'd written that!

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  4. That's a killer blurb! I definitely need to read this one.

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    1. It is a killer blurb, isn't it! And the book lives up to the blurb, I think.

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  5. This book is getting amazing reviews - I really want to read it.

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    1. If you do, let me know what you think of it.

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    1. When I first got the book, I thought, oh this probably won't be good. But as soon as I started reading, I knew it would be.

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  7. I'm checking my library for this one. It sounds very unique.

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  8. Cool idea. Bet it was a challenge to write as well.

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    1. It may have been, but it doesn't show in the writing. It's a smooth read.

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