Saturday, May 21, 2016

Review: Every Day

Every Day Every Day by David Levithan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Imagine waking up every day in a different body. Your mind is still yours, but that's it. No connections to others, no real family, no choice. This is A's life in a nutshell. Until A meets Rhiannon, and life turns upside down.

This is such an interesting book. I read it as part of our middle school book club, and I have to say that some of the themes are pretty heavy for middle school students. Some of the situations A faces include: self-harm, abuse, bullying, drug use, homosexuality, transgenderism, and racism.

The book lends itself to lots of rich discussion, and I found myself really questioning some basic beliefs. What makes us female or male, truly? Is it our physicality? Is it mental? Emotional? If the physical were stripped away, then what? Can you love someone's essence, or self, without considering the exterior wrapping?

Definitely a "thinking" book, one that will stay with me for a long time.

Grades 9+

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