Friday, March 6, 2015

Guest Review: Every Day by David Levithan

He is himself – but every day that “self” is different. Figuring out some things – boy or girl, fat or thin, skin color, hair, eye color – can be accomplished by a quick look in a mirror. The body is easy – the life is hard. And “A” has just one day to live the “life” without messing it up. His cardinal rule: make no choices that the “body” will have to suffer the consequences for. Do not become involved, especially not with the love of your life.  David Levithan’s unique look at fitting in allows all readers to see themselves at least once, because at some point, A lives the life of just about every kind of teen. From the frightened drug addict to the jock, the head cheerleader to the abused girlfriend, straight, gay, a loner, popular – A lives them all for a day. With the added twist of a romance, a “body” set on revenge and a preacher who just might know what’s going on, A has enough drama in his life to satisfy any reader. It is a great selection for book clubs – just a discussion on “which life and why” will keep the conversations lively! And my club had even more fun with their own take on what might happen next.  --Kathie Wilkins

Levithan, David. Every Day. New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.

Click here for a list of discussion questions from Northern Arizona University and here for a discussion guide from Siouxland Libraries in South Dakota.

Kathie Wilkins is the school librarian for the Blandford and Oak Ridge campuses of Yvonne B. Miller HS, located at the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice's Beaumont site. She enjoys reading and has been a mystery fan since becoming hooked on Agatha Christie more years ago than she'd like to admit to. When she's not reading, she spends as much time as possible with her five grandchildren.

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