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Monday, August 27, 2012

Reasons to Read: Every Day by David Levithan + Giveaway

Reasons to Read (R2R) is a new feature at The Hiding Spot. This weekly post will give readers reasons to read (or pre-order, if the case may be) a specific title I've read and loved.   A giveaway of the weekly title may also occur.

Every Day by David Levithan
August 28,, 2012/Alfred A. Knopf/Random House
  1. A, the novel's main character, doesn't have a gender, as every day brings a new body (sometimes female, sometimes male). A is always A, but has access to the individual's thoughts as well. This added incredible depth to the ideas discussed in the novel.
  2. There's a love story, made unique by the fact that A is without gender. A loves, period. Love is not defined by gender.
  3. At one point, A is in the body of a girl that is severely depressed and self-harms. A feels the depression and must fight it: depression is due to chemical and physical imbalances. Not all depression can be willed away with positive thoughts and chocolate. As someone who has struggled with depression, I was impressed and appreciative of this distinction.
  4. A only has one day in a body and will never land in the same body twice, which begs the question: How large (or small) of an effect can one day have on an individual's life? 
  5. A falls in love with Rhiannon when he spends the day in her boyfriend's body. Rhiannon's boyfriend doesn't treat her well, but she insists her loves her deep down. I could definitely identify with Rhiannon and felt for her, especially after knowing how her boyfriend truly feels for her, courtesy of A's access to his thoughts.
  6. A experiences all walks of life... each new day offers an incredible look into something completely different from the day before.
  7. Levithan's writing is, as always, fantastic... Every Day has a plot that sounds impossible, but he somehow pulls it off.
More about Every Day:
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. 

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. 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 that 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.


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23 comments:

  1. The possibility of a novel moving you to cry or laugh out loud.

    AT

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  3. Every Day sounds amazing! I've heard nothing but good things about it. I'm especially interested in the change in the character (if there is any) when in all the different people.

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  4. Thanks for the great giveaway!Cool blog.You definitely should keep including Reasons to Read as a weekly feature. :)

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  5. Thanks for blogging about this book! I also like the Reasons to Read weekly feature. It is a unique and quick way to learn about a book.

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  6. I love this feature!! It'll really help :)

    Looking forward to another read from David Levithan.

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  7. I like the feature. I think it's a great way of talking about the book without spoiling much.

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  8. I LOVE that A has no specific gender and the message behind the love story there.

    This is a great feature too. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  9. The main character not having a gender is so intriguing!

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  10. You should keep it! I love hearing about new books, so I know what to add to my ever growing to-read list on goodreads lol

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  12. I have never read anything like this so I'd love to read something so unique and different!

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  13. This sounds so different from anything I've ever read. I want to read it because it sounds like a book I would really enjoy!

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  14. I didn't know what this book was about until today and immediately went on my must read list! It sounds amazing. One of those books that will leave you thinking long after you finish reading it!

    Thanks so much!

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  15. I like the format of your R2R post. Its not quite a review, just some good reasons. I think you should keep it.

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  16. I love reasons to read. In fact, I copied and pastedm and sent it to a friend. Its much more thorough that an regular review. leep it:)

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  17. Sound like a great book. Its my book club's book of the month.

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  18. I really loved the Lover's Dictionary, and adore DL's prose.

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  19. Thanks for the giveaway! I really like the Reasons to Read feature.

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  20. Love the feature! And love how one of the reasons to read is "love is not defined by gender"

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  21. I just read that Amazon has made this book a "Best of the Month," and that got me interested. I read their review. But even more helpful were your "reasons to read" it. Please keep this feature.

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  22. Great blog feature. I've been wanting to read this book for a while now, and those reasons made me want to read them more.

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  23. I really love how the depression and addiction was handled in this novel too. It was so interesting seeing what different people are forced to struggle with from the inside. Also I love that Love is Love in this novel.

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