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3.82347826086957 out of 53.82347826086957 out of 53.82347826086957 out of 53.82347826086957 out of 53.82347826086957 out of 5 3.82 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Levithan Narrator: Alex McKenna Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9780449015216
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In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a “wise, wildly unique” love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life.

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

With his new novel, David Levithan, bestselling coauthor of Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Brilliantly conceived...[Levithan] shapes the narrative into a profound exploration of what it means to love someone."
  • Letter Blocks, the BN Parents & Educators blog, August 23, 2012:
  • “Levithan has created an irresistible premise that is sure to captivate readers…[Every Day] is a study in style, an exercise in imagination, and an opportunity for readers themselves to occupy another life: that of A, himself.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Rich in wisdom and wit…Levithan keeps the pages turning not only with ingenious twists on his central conceit but with A’s hard-earned pieces of wisdom about identity, isolation, and love. Every Day has the power to teach a bully empathy by answering an essential question: What’s it like to be you and not me—even if it’s just for one day?”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “It demonstrates Levithan’s talent for empathy, which is paired in the best parts of the book with a persuasive optimism about the odds for happiness and for true love.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “It’s the rare book that challenges gender presumptions in a way that’s as entertaining as it is unexpected and, perhaps most important, that’s relatable to teens who may not think they need sensitivity training when it comes to sexual orientation and the nature of true love. Every Day is precisely such a book…A story that is always alluring, oftentimes humorous, and much like love itself—splendorous.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Ambitious and provocative…We’re not ready to let A go.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Levithan is a literary genius. His style of writing is brilliant—practically flawless…Reading A’s journey to make love last, in a world that is always changing, is an experience I hope everyone gets to share.”

    Romantic Times

  • “Every step of the narrative feels real and will elicit a strong emotional response from readers and offer them plenty of fodder for speculation, especially regarding the nature of love.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Fresh, unique, funny, and achingly honest, Levithan brilliantly explores the adolescent conundrum of not feeling like oneself and not knowing where one belongs. I didn’t just read this book—I inhaled it.”

    Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An awe-inspiring, thought-provoking reminder that love reaches beyond physical appearances or gender.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Levithan’s unusual love story will make teens think about how the core of the soul never changes. A speaks of faith, love, dreams, and death with a wisdom derived from thousands of lives visited over sixteen years and firsthand proof of how much humans share rather than what sets them apart.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “This unconventional romance considers some fascinating and unexpected questions about the nature of identity, consciousness, love, and gender…Readers will identify with A’s profound longing for connection, but they’ll also be intrigued by the butterfly effect A’s presence may have on numerous other teens who make brief but memorable appearances.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • Fresh, unique, funny, and achingly honest, Levithan brilliantly explores the adolescent conundrum of not feeling like oneself, and not knowing where one belongs. I didn't just read this book — I inhaled it. Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of Lone Wolf and Between the Lines

    Entertainment Weekly
    , August 22, 2012:
  • Rich in wisdom and wit...Levithan keeps the pages turning not only with ingenious twists on his central conceit but with A's hard-earned pieces of wisdom about identity, isolation, and love. Every Day has the power to teach a bully empathy by answering an essential question: What's it like to be you and not me — even if it's just for one day?"
  • New York Times Book Review, August 26, 2012:
  • It demonstrates Levithan's talent for empathy, which is paired in the best parts of the book with a persuasive optimism about the odds for happiness and for true love."
  • Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2012:
  • It's the rare book that challenges gender presumptions in a way that's as entertaining as it is unexpected and, perhaps most important, that's relatable to teens who may not think they need sensitivity training when it comes to sexual orientation and the nature of true love. ‘Every Day' is precisely such a book...A story that is always alluring, oftentimes humorous and much like love itself — splendorous."
  • MTV Hollywood Crush, September 28, 2012:
  • Thoughtful and fascinating...A study in the most real and human of concerns: the importance of empathy, the value of friends and family, and the beauty of permanence that we have the luxury of taking for granted."
  • Boston Globe, September 15, 2012:
  • Ambitious and provocative...we’re not ready to let A go."
  • OUT Magazine, December 2012:
  • One of the most inventive young adult novels of the year."
  • Romantic Times, October 2012:
  • Levithan is a literary genius. His style of writing is brilliant — practically flawless... Reading A’s journey to make love last, in a world that is always changing, is an experience I hope everyone gets to share. Starred Review, School Library Journal, September 2012:
    "Every step of the narrative feels real and will elicit a strong emotional response from readers and offer them plenty of fodder for speculation, especially regarding the nature of love.”
  • Starred Review, Booklist, July 1, 2012:
    “Levithan has created an irresistible premise that is sure to captivate readers….
    [Every Day] is a study in style, an exercise in imagination, and an opportunity for readers themselves to occupy another life: that of A, himself.”
  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2012:
    “An awe-inspiring, thought-provoking reminder that love reaches beyond physical appearances or gender.”
  • Starred Review, Shelf Awareness, September 7, 2012:
  • Levithan's unusual love story will make teens think about how the core of the soul never changes. A speaks of faith, love, dreams and death with a wisdom derived from thousands of lives visited over 16 years and firsthand proof of how much humans share rather than what sets them apart."
  • The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, September 2012:
  • This unconventional romance considers some fascinating and unexpected questions about the nature of identity, consciousness, love, and gender...Readers will identify with A’s profound longing for connection, but they’ll also be intrigued by the butterfly effect A’s presence may have on numerous other teens who make brief but memorable appearances."
  • The Horn Book, November 2012:
  • A definite crowd-pleaser."
  • The L Magazine, August 29, 2012:
  • The premise allows for stimulating parallels: A’s experience is both like the writer’s, who inhabits the consciousnesses of random characters, and the adolescent’s, who tries on myriad identities."
  • Kirkus Reviews Best of Teen's Books 2012
  • Booklist Best of Children's Books 2012
  • “Brilliantly conceived…[Levithan] shapes the narrative into a profound exploration of what it means to love someone.”

    Horn Book

  • “Unique and incredibly compelling…While readers do not find out how or why A changes bodies, they will become invested in A’s story and hope that a solution for permanency, and happiness, can be found.”

    VOYA

  • School Library Journal Best of Children's Books 2012
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Teens
  • A 2012 School Library Journal Best Book for Teens
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens, 2012
  • Nominated for the 2014 Abraham Lincoln Award
  • A 2013 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for LGBT Children's/Young Adult
  • Selected for the Fall 2012 Kids' Indie Next List
  • A 2012 Cybils Award Nominee for Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • A 2013 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reizavi Cereno | 2/5/2014

    " there's alot of flaws in the story. Too many questions arises as I ran through the pages. But I saw this line in the book: "There will always be more questions. Every answer leads to more questions. The only way to survive is to let some of them go." Alright fine I'll just let go of my questions. Don't get me wrong, I like the plot itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 1/31/2014

    " A 2.5 star rating would have been more accurate, but I rounded up. 3 stars for the interesting premise and page-turner story-telling. 2 stars for the voice of a 16-year old narrator not being very believable and some seeming inconsistencies that kept pulling me out of the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ronielle | 1/31/2014

    " This is one of the books that seems to be making its way around the YA circuit and I was really disappointed with it. I loved the concept of the story but did not like how it was actually done. First of all, the Twilight books got a bad reputation for being about an unhealthy teenage romance, but this book takes unhealthy teen romances to a whole new level. I was seriously creeped out. Next, I understood what I felt the author was trying to do through the main character about gender issues, but I felt like I was being lectured at times and I felt A to be a little bit intolerant at times. Then the central plot point that I found to be most interesting was not explained/resolved in the novel, so I was left feeling very disappointed in the end. Overall, I would not recommend this book, which is disappointing because I felt it was a really creative premise. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kevin | 1/15/2014

    " Ugh. Fascinating premise reminiscent of Quantum Leap. The protagonist wakes up each day inhabiting the body of a different person. He has always been this way and doesn't know any different sort of life. He grew from childhood hopping in and out of the lives of people his own age. Just hearing this premise, I was fascinated, got the book from the library and read it right away. Unfortunately, it was not pulled off. The idea was not truly explored, the consequences never dealt with, explanations not given. Instead, there was emotional pablum and endless moralizing. I was very disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Nguyen | 1/12/2014

    " Ohmygosh the ending. x_x "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi Young | 12/28/2013

    " Wow! This book is incredible. The idea of being in a different body everyday is such a great story line but then it gets better when A falls in love and will go huge leaps and bounds to find her, be with her and stay with her. The end is so noble on his part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly :) | 12/28/2013

    " I liked how you got to see his perspective on different lives and how he got to visit about every single type of person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wynclef | 12/22/2013

    " Best YA book that I've read so far. Still speechless. hay. 3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 12/20/2013

    " A very beautiful and unique love story that has to be read with an open mind. I wish there was more and hope that ultimately there's happiness for everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micaela | 12/18/2013

    " A small part of me died when this book ended. This was an experience for me that I LOVED! my only regret is reading it too quickly :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noel Beyer-Hermsen | 12/4/2013

    " I love this book i cried at the end of it and i loved how the story turned out. It really makes you think about how much we really should enjoy the times we spend with eachother "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 12/4/2013

    " Great story about life, love and living. Great character in A who wakes up in a different body every day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianna Wald | 11/19/2013

    " I LOVED this book. It questions love and choice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanie | 10/8/2013

    " LOVED the concept, hated the way it was portrayed. I wish I could rewrite books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 5/17/2013

    " Very strange book. Strange premise. Weird ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 2/3/2013

    " Quick little YA book with a simple premise - what happens if you woke up in a different body each day? Little better than the 3 star review - would probably give this 3.5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miko | 1/12/2013

    " Very interesting concept and I liked the characters but didn't fall in love with them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelique Jader | 1/6/2013

    " Every day is a book that tells a story about love but says more about life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brennan | 12/21/2012

    " four and a half stars! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti Sobetski | 12/3/2012

    " This was an interesting book. At times it seemed a bit repetitive and was slow at the beginning. The book still left me with a lot of questions at the end. Could still be a good book for students struggling with identity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callie Hubbell | 10/25/2012

    " disappointing ending. alas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Wilder | 9/20/2012

    " It was really hard to get past the resemblance to "Quantum Leap" "

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About the Author
Author David Levithan

David Levithan is a children’s book editor in New York City, and the author of several books for young adults. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey. 

About the Narrator

Alex McKenna is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and a television and film actress best known for her role as Abby Macy in the television series Crossing Jordan.