Every Day

by David Levithan

Really interesting, but as seems to be the case with every book I read for Project ABCs, the ending left a bit to be desired. Of course, Levithan sets up a situation — the narrator wakes up in a different body every day and then falls in love — that is basically impossible to end happily, so I should have known what was coming. But it comes a lot suddenly, and when certain twists were revealed at like 89% of the way through the book, I kept thinking to myself, “How is there only a few dozen pages left?” As I said, it’s a very interesting read, though, largely because of that impossible-to-end-happily setup: getting to see vastly differing lives, one day at a time, is a pretty cool gimmick. That said, however, it does feel a bit gimmicky, in the bad way. The book reminded me a lot of Golden Girls, actually — very episodic, with each episode allowing a controversial “hot topic” of the day and age to be addressed. And Levithan does address them, just about all of them, and the narrator — allegedly a 16-year-old boy — seemed a bit too well-adjusted and insightful for his age, though Levithan just blamed that on the body-hopping as a form of hyper-wisening type of process. All in all, a good read, well worth the time, despite feeling a bit let down by the ending.

Why I Finished:

Had to see if Levithan could figure out a way to give this sucker a happy ending. (He couldn’t.)