Every Day: review & giveaway (plus bonus recipe!)

September 5, 2012 2012, 4 star books, david levithan, giveaway, recipes, sci fi or futuristic, Wendy 178

every day david levithanEvery Day
by David Levithan

What makes us fall in love–and what makes us who we are?

Those are the questions at the heart of this novel, which tells a thoughtful, touching story that will surprise readers with its sentient literary style and gentle feeling.

Everyone longs for human connection, but 16-year-old A.’s search for it seems to be a losing proposition. Every day, for as long as he can remember, he wakes up in a different body: sometimes as a girl, sometimes with a different ethnicity, sometimes with a different sexual orientation. He’s long recognized the futility of trying to create lasting relationships, but everything changes when he meets Rhiannon, a girl who makes him want things he’s never thought possible.

This story reminds me of one of my favorite TNG episodes with a similar concept, and A. also follows a sort of prime directive in his self-imposed policy not to interfere too much in his “host’s” life. He is, for the most part, a very likeable protagonist who doesn’t wallow in self-pity or maudlin emotion, and it’s interesting to see how skillfully the author retains A.’s sense of self and personality even within very different people in very different circumstances. One of my favorite things about this book is how we catch a glimpse of all the lives that A. touches; some of the manifestations are humorous, some of them are incredibly sad, and some of them are downright harrowing. There is also a tension and urgency in the story from various different sources, most notably in the form of someone who is relentlessly pursuing A. for his own dangerous reasons.

The things that some more logic-hobbled readers (heh, I am coining that term!) won’t like about this book are precisely what I do like about it. I like the book’s more quiet, philosophical bent, and I actually like that we don’t get any answers as to why this happens to A. Frankly, they’re not necessary–this story isn’t about that, and had the author attempted to invent specious reasoning for the wheres and whyfores of this concept, this would have been a very different book. A. obviously makes some mistakes in judgments–haven’t we all?–and I do think his relationship with Rhiannon developed rather suddenly, as she’s a fine enough girl, but I never really understood why he liked her so much! But for me, this all worked within the confines of this story concept. I accepted that in the course of living countless lives in A.’s lifetime, something in this girl at this time called out to him. And sometimes people just come along at the exact right time in your life when you desperately need it, and A. is very much in need of being loved. And perhaps even more importantly, he is very much in need of being acknowledged.

“The tenderness between two people can turn the air tender, the room tender, time itself tender. As I step out of bed and slip on an oversize shirt, everything around me feels like it’s the temperature of happiness.”

Things become very difficult, of course, once Rhiannon learns about A.’s unique circumstance. It’s hard to fault anyone for having trouble accepting the fantastical premise, as well as the reality of living with it, because after all, a big, big part of love relies on both the thrill and the comfort we find in another person’s familiar presence. The struggle that these two have to reconcile what they want with what is realistic is poignant though ultimately, still very hopeful. By the end of this pensive, bittersweet novel, your heart may rend in two, because the purest form of love is perhaps when it involves some form of selflessness or self-sacrifice. But there’s a great deal of beauty–and comfort–to be found in that, too.

This is my first time reading David Levithan. But it won’t be my last.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This review also appears on GoodReads. An advance copy was provided by the publisher.

This novel is recommended for: fans of A Certain Slant of Light, for those who were intrigued by the body-switching concept in Mercy, and for those who might’ve yearned for a more mature, tender feeling from Tempest.

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This review was powered by cookies! By special request from Cassi over at Galavanting Girl Books, here is a recipe for the sea salt peanut butter cookies I ate while writing my review of Every Day. It’s the lightest, chewiest peanut butter cookie I’ve ever eaten, keeps for several days, and the best part is, it’s flourless, butterless, and gluten-free. Download the free recipe card and enjoy the cookies with a glass of milk and a good book!

Win an Every Day ARC!

Thanks to our friends at Random House, we’re pleased to offer our readers the opportunity to win an Advance Readers Copy of this novel. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a comment! This contest is open internationally to readers aged 13 and up.

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178 Responses to “Every Day: review & giveaway (plus bonus recipe!)”

  1. Alehtse

    I have read so much aobut this book! I can’t wait to read it. Great review! and those cookies look yummy! :))

  2. Ceecee M

    This book is in my want-need list. Heard good feedback on this, so I’m excited to read this. Really want to win this! Thanks for the chance!

  3. Ceecee M

    This book is in my want-need list. I heard such good feedback on this, so I’m excited to read it too! Thanks for the chance to win this!

  4. fauvely

    I think you fall in love when you feel like you’ve known the person forever but you still get butterflies around them. When you can be completely yourself around them and feel like you’ve found the best friend you were missing your whole life. This books looks soooo good. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Inge

    I’m gonna be blatantly honest here – I just wanna win books :D

    But seriously, this book sounds really really good. The premise is intriguing and I’m so curious to see how Levithan handles it.

  6. Katta

    everyone has been telling me to read Levithan for ages, but I’ve only read his book with John Green. This seems like an interesting concept, so perhaps I’ll finally give in!

  7. Rain Phoebe Midnight

    Omg, I so so so want this book! I’ve been eyeing it for ages but I have no money to buy and my silly silly library doesn’t stock it. Thank you for the chance to win a copy, :)))) x

  8. greengp01

    I’m excited to read this book as it doesn’t seem like on of those superficial love stories that recently seem to be published with increasing frequency. (Also it had good reviews on goodreads haha)

  9. greengp01

    I’m excited to read this book as it doesn’t seem like one of the superficial love stories that recently seem to be published with increasing frequency. (Also it had really good ratings on goodreads haha)

  10. Krispy

    The premise of this book sounds amazing, so I’m really looking forward to reading it. Plus, I really enjoyed David Levithan’s LOVER’S DICTIONARY, which I thought was tender and bittersweet and real. Can’t wait to see what he does with this one.

  11. Maru

    Yay! I’ve read some great reviews about this one! Also, I’ll give the recipe to my sister (she’s the cook in the family, definitely not me!)

  12. wdwebdev

    I’ve seen his books around my library and haven’t read any.

    I love the cookie recipe! I’ll try it out.

    As usual, thanks for your hard work!


  13. The Night Bookmobile

    People fall in love for all sorts of ridiculous crazy reasons. Some that are smart and others that are not. Because they recognize something similar in someone else or admire something they wish they could be. Personally I fall in love a million times a day with characters and stories and sometimes with my boyfrend if the day is going right and he hasn’t left any dirty towels on the floor.

    I would fall in love if someone sent me a book and cookies. I kind of wish that we could all just send each other surprise gifts of books and cookies and things. That would be a group I’d participate in :) I love getting mail.

  14. Angela

    I haven’t read anything of David Levithan’s yet, but he seems like a really cool person, and this book sounds super cool. I’m excited!

  15. Sofija Kapranova

    If only I knew what makes someone fall in love I would use it to get myself a husband. Unfortunetly I don’t know that, sso I have to go blind =))) I’ve read read this author before, but this book has great reviews, so I’d love to read it.

  16. Lissa

    You can’t fall in love if you don’t have some primary connection between one another, which I think is the key thing. If you can’t connect on beliefs, or stand for what your partner stands for, then there’s no sense in love when you don’t respect the other person.

    Thanks for the giveaway, ladies!

  17. Sabryy

    Your review makes me want this book even more! I mean, just look at the cover and you will instanly wish to grab this book!

  18. Lis

    Oh my! awesome review!!!
    I want to read it since my best friends started talking about how awesome it was. I hope I can do it soon!!

  19. Erika

    I’ve read so many amazing reviews of this book and it just seems so beautifully written and unique. Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Wendy Darling

    Well, as I mentioned, the “how” and “why” aren’t explained at all in this book, Ashley, but I hope you’ll enjoy the book anyway. I haven’t read any other DL books, but I fully intend to remedy that. ;)

  21. Wendy Darling

    Judging by your answer, I think you and this book will be a very good fit. :) Let me know what you think of it when you get around to reading!

  22. Wendy Darling

    I think wanting someone else’s happiness at least as much as you want your own is very important, Vicky. Great response–hope you love the book, too!

  23. Wendy Darling

    Oh, I think you’ll like this book, Jaime, especially after reading your comment. I’m sorry to hear you’re having some trouble conceiving, and I agree it’s so important and precious that you have each other in situations like that. Big love to you.

  24. Wendy Darling

    Hah hah, oh yeah? I installed that widget awhile ago since we have so many international readers, but no one has ever said anything about it. I figured it wasn’t going to be all that accurate, but it might give people a gist of what we were saying at least. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

  25. Wendy Darling

    Yay, I’m glad the cookies turned out well for you, Bridget! And yes, I mailed out your prize package yesterday, so you should be receiving it very soon. :)

  26. Wendy Darling

    In this case, it was the inhabiting bodies thing that was similar to ASOL, Heather. Plus its more thoughtful approach to story, I hope I haven’t oversold this book by mentioning that one, hah.

  27. Wendy Darling

    Hi Sonia! I kind of can’t believe I waited this long to read a DL book, too–but I can vouch that it’s a good one to start with. :)

  28. Wendy Darling

    It’s an unusual concept for sure, Melissa–a few people have brought up the Quantum Leap comparison, though I never saw that show so I can’t tell you how they compare!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

  29. Wendy Darling

    Oh good, I’m glad that was helpful, Rachel! And yes, it is quite a beautiful story. I hope you will enjoy both book AND cookies. :D

  30. Wendy Darling

    WHAT. No Trek, ever? Well, I am a TNG girl all the way through. I even made my husband watch seasons 2 – 7. (And we’re still married…)

    I’m glad you liked this one too, Jen. :)

  31. Wendy Darling

    Yeah, the instalove was partially what made this a 4 star read for me as well, Christina–but I’m stingy with those 5s anyway, hah. I love the ending, though. And I love that he had the guts to do what he did.

    Yay for fellow Trekkers! Ugh, I miss that show so much. That and FIREFLY. And BSG.

    I admit, I am rather pleased with myself for coming up with “logic-hobbled” too. ;)

  32. Wendy Darling

    Oh Keertana–I think you’d like this one! I hope so, anyway. I think you’d appreciate what he was trying to do, and in my opinion, he did it very well. Thanks for stopping by!

  33. Wendy Darling

    I’m very curious how this will be received, Lucy. I can think of readers who will love it, but I can also think of readers who won’t be able to get past certain things. Oh well, we enjoyed it, which is what’s most important. :D

  34. Wendy Darling

    I like that–“comfortable at every level.” I do think it’s important that the partner you choose challenges you as well, though, which sometimes isn’t the most entirely comfortable thing, hah.

  35. Wendy Darling

    Aw, I love your answer Ang! The reasons for falling in love are complex and varied for sure. Thanks for leaving such an interesting response. :)

  36. Wendy Darling

    I’m dying to read his other books, Lady Divine–I’m glad to hear you enjoyed them! There’s a very sensitive soul behind this book, so I can’t wait to see how he tackles other stories. I hope you end up liking this one, too.

  37. Wendy Darling

    Ah hah, I am glad you are going to accept the challenge!

    The most important thing to me is if something feels emotionally true, and if it is solid in other areas even if all the plot holes show a bit. That’s not really true in this case, though, it’s more a matter of the author just didn’t choose to focus on that, which didn’t bother me. But yes, I know quite a few YA readers who get upset if certain things aren’t explained. But for me, I get that sometimes seeing the wizard behind the curtain ruins the magic.

    And yay for cookies! I hope you enjoy that, too. :)

  38. Preeti Joan

    Being a man of principle makes someone fall in love. That’s according to my own opinion. Someone who isn’t afraid to show his true self with someone, and being thoughtful is also a must!

    I haven’t read David’s books YET, but I can’t wait to read this one! I’ve heard so many raves about this. I was also browsing through some other genres aside from fantasy and love stories so I think this will be a good book to read, for a change.

  39. Erin

    David Levithan always writes a good book and I like the idea of being in someone else’s body everyday. I am very intrigued about this book.

  40. ahz1

    I got a taste of this author’s writing in Will Grayson, Will Grayson and I can’t wait to read more.

  41. Taffy

    I got to read this book early. It’s intriguing and moving and sometimes uncomfortable but in a good way.
    This book gives a little insights into many lifestyles and lives. Very eyeopening.

  42. liane_sh

    I’m excited to read this book because david leviathan wrote “Dash and lilly’s book of dares” and ” nick and norah’s infinite playlist” with are super cute books , I personally haven’t read “will grayson will grayson” but I heard a lot of good things about it :)

  43. liane_sh

    I so excited to read this book . David Lavithan has very cute books like dash and lilly’s book of dares and nick and norah’s infinite playlist , and now this :)

  44. ZaraAlexis

    I think someone falls in love through mutual tenderness, compatibility, physical attraction, passion, and fun! What a great giveaway! Thanks for hosting it!

  45. Ashley

    I’m excited for this one while I haven’t read tons of DL yes, I’ve been impressed with everything I have read so far and this one just sounds crazy interesting! (Like, why/how does our MC end up in a different body/life every day?!)

  46. soulunsung

    I have heard some pretty amazing things regarding this book and more than anything lately, I find myself gravitating towards tender romance and unique ways of looking into what makes a person happiest. I love the unique and original premise of a character having different bodies. Books with philosophical meanings, are definitely intriguing and worth a heartfelt read.

    Thank you, for being generous enough to host this giveaway!

  47. Vicky :S

    I believe that we fall in love when we see something unique in someone, something that suddenly makes us long for that person’s happiness.

    The idea of a character that has different bodies sounds amazing to me! I really like books with some philosophical ideas, the kind that leaves you thinking all day n.n

    Thanks for the giveaway :D

  48. Jaime Lester

    I am so glad that you enjoyed this book. It seems fascinating to me, and I can’t wait to read it. I am very much in love with my husband, and because of that, I would do everything in my power to make us work, regardless of the circumstances. We are having trouble having a little one, and we have heard of so many couples that have not made it because of that. I can’t imagine any situation, no matter how hard, that would make me stop fighting. I love reading stories about that kind of love. Real love. SO, fantastical or not, I think I might just like Ever Day. Hope so!

  49. Manda

    I’ve never been in love, but it seems like it happens when two people just enjoy being around each other more than anyone else.

  50. Bookworm1858

    The basic concept really did make me think of Mercy, which is one of the reasons I hope I’ll enjoy Every Day. However I think I will be one of the readers who wonders why this is happening to A and if A is the only one who does this.

  51. bookstakeyouplaces

    You know, I fell in love almost at first sight. I never believed in it before but it was as if something inside of him spoke to something inside of me…five years later we are still together and happy! Who knows what life will bring but I like to think that soulmates do exist :]

  52. bookstakeyouplaces

    Oh I’m so glad you liked this one, I had hoped to grab a copy at BEA but I missed out and it just sounds so great. I did meet David though and I love him a little…he was really just so sweet and funny! Also? I really need to make those cookies….like tonight.

  53. unconventionalbookviews.com

    This book seems to have a very interesting premise, and it also looks like it is well executed.

    On a side note, I used the ‘google translate’ you have in your sidebar, and that was really hilarious! No wonder real people are doing translations most of the time.

    Thanks for the possibility to participate in your giveaway!

  54. mary ann(RunOnce828)

    Well I’ve read a lot of good reviews about this book and I love the works of David and would love to have his book in my hands:)) I think it’s the traits and how that person approach another one. But looks could give a point too.

  55. Racing Song

    It sounds stupid but I think it’s magic which made people fell in love, to me love is kind of unreasonable and the person seems to love everything of the person he/she loves so it seems magical :P

  56. The Every Free Chance Reader

    Everyone falls in love for different reasons. I don’t think there is one specific reason that everyone falls in love to.

    This book sounds quite interesting and different. I have added it to my TBR list.

  57. Christy LoveOfBooks

    Oh how I loved this book. I went into wanting to know details and specifics of why A was like that and how it worked, but one I got into the story…. it becomes so much more than that.

  58. Albregia

    Oh, I think people fall in love when they see past all the superficial things and get the person behind a face or a temper or even a computer screen. It’s recognizing a kindred spirit and sharing all the little/huge things that make us ourselves and being able to dream again :)

  59. Albregia

    Here for the cookies and the lovely review. The premise seems like the most basic concept of what falling in love is all about but cast in a slightly different light, can’t wait to read it! And eat the cookies :)

  60. Bridget Howard

    I tried the cookie recipe and it was really good ;)!!! I sent an email with my address for the crown of embers prize pack hopefully you got it, I was having a hard time getting it to send. Thanks

  61. penmore

    I think a person falls in love when they meet another person who fills a need within them at just the right time. The timing is very important – just the right degree of need and openess and vulnerability must exist on the part of both parties for the chemistry to spark.

  62. penmore

    I think someone falls in love when they meet a person who fills a need within them at just the right time – it takes the right person AND the right time to make the chemistry work.

  63. sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    I have been looking forward to this book for quite awhile and I am so happy to see your wonderful review and the many others. Bittersweet novels can be the most touching to read. I look forward to that. :)

  64. Michele

    I’ve heard good things about David Levithan’s past books. Sadly, I haven’t been able to read any of his works yet, hopefully this will be my first!

  65. Flyleaf

    I’ve been wanting to read this for a while, it seems to have an interesting concept! If this is anything like A Certain Slant of Light, there’s a really good chance I’m going to love it!

    Thanks for this great giveaway!

  66. Morgan

    I have heard nothing but rave reviews about this book, and think it sounds super interesting. I would love to read it!

  67. Devin Liotta

    I’ve read some of David’s work in the past and have loved it. I heard about this one and reading the premise of it has me excited to read it. It sounds like it’s a great read.

  68. Devin Liotta

    I’ve read some of David’s past work and I have loved it. Just the idea of this book seems intriguing and anything to do with love always has my attention. I’d love to see what he brings with this book for myself.

  69. Spav

    I love David Levithan’s books so I’m dying to read this one. Everyone has been saying great things about it!

  70. The Story Queen

    I am definitely intrigued by this novel! I haven’t read any David Levithan either but I’ve heard so many good things. I love the premise of this book and I feel like there are so many directions in which the author could take it. A. sounds like a great choice in narrator for the story; I love that he doesn’t spend his time in self-pity because while I would definitely sympathize, it’s not the type of hero I would necessarily admire. Thank you for the fantastic review, Wendy! :) I can’t wait to read this one <3


  71. Sarahbotbonkers

    I really wanted to try to read some David Levithan and Every Day sounds like my kind of book. So many raving reviews! This one by far is my favorite review. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win! :)

  72. Melissa

    I actually have not read anything by this author before, but this books sounds very interesting. Like some other commentors, it reminded my a little bit of Quantum Leap. I’m looking forward to something different and I certainly have not read anything like this premise before. Also, I’m happy to have found this blog. Thanks for the review and the chance to win an ARC. I’ll be coming back for more reviews.

  73. LeeLou

    I have been so excited to read this book. I have heard many good things about it so far and I can’t wait to dive into the pages. Thank you for this review, wonderful! Also those cookies look delicious!

  74. Rachel

    I’m not sure if this is a Rachel book. I worry about the ending, of course. The premise sounds very heartbreaking. It also sounds like a very touching story, too.

    Love that this review was powered by peanut butter cookies! I love peanut butter! I’m downloading the recipe, and hopefully I’ll try it sometime. Although, I have to say, I’d much rather someone else make them for me! I’m getting lazier and lazier with cooking. :)

  75. Dani

    The idea behind these book is so interesting. I haven’t really thought about what makes us fall in love, for me love doesn’t just happen in a second, you could like someone with just a look, but love takes some time.

    Great review

  76. aLilLacey

    I think you really fall in love when everything you do with that other person is natural and thou don’t feel like you’re having to impress them or put on a show. And the plot of this book sounds amazing bytheway. I’d love to know what happens. I used to watch quantum leap as kid which was a similar concept of body jumping.

  77. Jasprit

    This is another beautiful review Wendy, this is another book I’ve had my eye on and the premise sounds fantastic. I’ve heard so many great things about David Levithan’s writing, but never picked up any of his books, so this book sounds like a brilliant book to start with. Thank you for the great giveaway! :)

  78. javalotta

    I’ve heard such high praise for this book and the plot is very different from anything I’ve read. I think the premise is fascinating and I’m so curious to see how it works out. I watched the book trailer and it totally hooked me. I have to read it.;)

  79. A Canadian Girl

    The premise of this one does sound similar to Mercy’s. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a huge fan of Mercy; hopefully I’ll have better luck with this one.

  80. Roxana Zuziac

    I would love to read this book because I like that idea of being in a different body everyday, but in love with the same girl, it’s sweet, but tragic in the same time. Thank you very much for the review!

  81. Rachel @ Unforgettable Books

    Wonderful review Wendy!!!!! I really loved the sound of this book. its nice to know before reading it that the reasons for why A is switching is not going to be explained. So i can just appreciate the (hopefully) beauty of the story.
    Thanks for the cookie recipe! I will definitely try them! Love the pictures with them and the book!

  82. Jen Ryland/YA Romantics

    Confession: I have never watched even one Star Trek episode, TNG or otherwise– sorry — but I agree with your take on this book. I didn’t need to know the physics or paranormal explanation behind A’s body switching. For me, that wasn’t the point of the book and wouldn’t have added anything to the story.

    And we are in complete agreement on peanut butter cookies, which are delicious!

  83. Christina

    I am so pleased that you loved this. I saw David Levithan read from it at Decatur Book Festival, and just had to buy a copy. The instalove was a bit upsetting, and will probably keep this book from being complete perfection for me, but the subject matter and his writing = wondrous.

    Also, I love the term logic-hobbled. I am often one of those people, but I don’t think I will be for this.

    Plus, you referenced Star Trek. This reaffirms why you’re one of my blogging idols.

  84. _Sandra_

    I’ve heard so many great things about this book from friends who have already read it, so I’m really anxious to get my hands on this one as well. Also, I’ve read a few of David Levithan’s books ( Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist; Will Grayson, Will Grayson..) and loved them very much. I have high expectations for this one and can’t wait to read it. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  85. juliecatherinevigna

    I love the premise of this book – a very unique approach, and kind of refreshing to have something so different. I was also reminded of Quantum Leap, which I watched and loved.

  86. Katja

    I’m excited to read this book because it has such an interesting and unique concept (one I had thought of a while ago but never put it into words). And because I read the first few pages and I already love the writing and how it flows so easily.

  87. Reading Rambo

    I. love. David Levithan. Ever since Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which was pretty much the most surprising book I liked last year. Meaning I expected to very much not be into it and then LOVED IT SO MUCH. Really looking forward to this.

  88. Texas Book Lover

    I have not read any of David’s previous works but the premiss of this book sounds very intriguing to me. It reminds me of the show Quantum Leap (which I loved) but on a whole different level.

  89. Kaethe

    It kind of reminds me of Replay by Ken Grimwood, one of my favorite books.

    For those of you who haven’t read any other books by Levithan, I suggest Boy Meets Boy for the sweetest romance, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist for the music and up-all-night-fun, Wide Awake for the campaign season, and Marley’s Ghost for Dickens fans. I love Levithan’s work, as an editor, and as a writer.

  90. Nina

    Those cookies look yum and the book sounds interesting! I can’t wait to read this book. Very excited!

  91. Neyra

    I think what makes people fall in love is finding someone who’ll understand them, care for them, and would accept them through all the flaws they hate. When they find someone they have a special connection w/ that they don’t find anywhere else. :)

    & I’m also excited to read this book, I’m curious to know how Rhiannon will deal w/ A’s special circumstances. Great review Wendy! :)


  92. andrea b

    I absolutely HAD to read this one as soon as it came out last week! It didn’t disappoint, but it left me a bit nostalgic about love (and life + its complications…)
    I really enjoyed Leviathan’s The Lover’s Dictionary (and it’s twitter feed is the best!), but I’d also recommend reading Dash & Lily!
    :D thanks for the giveaway

  93. Tasnim R.

    I love love love David Levithan’s work so much. After reading the Realm of Possibility, my entire high school experience was viewed with those lens. I can’t wait to read this!

  94. Jessica Piazza

    I am excited to read this book because it sounds like a great read. I have read many wonderful reviews for it as well. I also agree with Lynn and the Mercy comparison. : )

  95. kay - Infinite Shelf

    I love when novels take time to talk about the characters, to be a little more philosophical and don’t spend as much time on the “how” or “why”. We don’t understand everything in life as it is, it makes sense to me that there isn’t always an explanation in books, either!

  96. Lynn K.

    I want to read it because it sounds great. I’ve read Mercy (liked it) and thought it sounded sort of similar when I read the summary.

  97. Lynn K.

    I want to read it because it sounds good. I’ve read Mercy (and liked it) and I thought it sounded kind of similar when I first read the summary.

  98. Melody

    The book seems really unique, waking up in someone else body everyday and having no one know you the real you. Loved you review! :)

  99. Joyous Reads

    I didn’t realize this book is PNR and so unique! I’ve never read any of David’s work (sad but true) but I have this book. Bumping it up the Totem pole, thanks to your review.


  100. Addie R.

    I’ve heard that David has similar writing to John Green (whom I ADORE) so I am definitely checking this one out. The premise sounds so unique and intriguing, and I love a story that’ll bring heavy emotions out of you. Great review & thanks for the giveaway! :)

  101. Kelly M

    The amazing cover is what first caught my eye, but it also just so happens to be a rather interesting concept.

  102. Luisa Freiheit

    I think its kinda impossible to really define what makes a person fall in love. But I think the idea of the book is really interesting!
    Penny Pe

  103. Keertana

    I love your review for this one, Wendy! I haven’t read a David Levithan book before, but this one definitely seems to be something I’d love with its contemplative nature. I’ll definitely have to check it out and those cookies look delicious! :D

    Ivy Book Bindings

  104. Shannon@BooksDevoured

    I have to admit that the only other work of David’s that I have read is the book he did with John Green. I really loved it but I would love to read what he does solo. I have heard good things about this and I think the premise is interesting.

  105. Jenn

    This book sounds wonderful. So unique. I am definitely going to have to keep an eye out for it. I haven’t read anything buy this author, but I think I need to.

  106. Megan

    I found this book through a Goodreads ad, and since the I have made it my goal to buy this book. Unfortunately, the nearest bookstore is cities away, so I’ll have to wait some time. :( The whole changing-body is neat… kind of reminds me of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series.

  107. Amber Laha

    I find this books concept so intriguing. I am excited to see if he will find a way to stay in one body or how they will handle the body switch if not.

  108. Julia

    This book sounds really interesting! It has some concepts that remind me of The Time Traveler’s Wife.

    Thanks so much for reviewing it and bringing it to my attention!!

  109. athousand-lives

    I’ve heard raving reviews of this book and I can’t wait to read it! I’ve also read David’s other works and loed it. :) Thanks for the giveaway

  110. readingdate

    Lovely review, Wendy. I really enjoyed this book too. I was curious too why A. fell for Rhiannon but I think you’re right that it was just timing. I was a little distracted about the fact that we don’t find out the why’s of A’s predicament but I agree with you that it would have been beside the point anyway.

  111. BRandi

    This sounds like an interesting read. I’ve never read any of Levithan either and the quieter moments in a novel are usually my favorite, too, so it sounds right up my alley!

  112. Maree

    This sounds amazing and, as someone else pointed out, a little like the concept behind Quantum Leap (love that show).

    As to what makes us fall in love, I’ve never been in love, but I’d like to think it would be the little, thoughtfull things that would ultimately make me fall in love. I’m not even sure that makes sense, but it’s the best I can do. :)

    Maree @ Maree’s Musings

  113. Oh! Paper Pages

    I am so sad that I missed out on this novel at ALA. People fall in love because they feel comfortable with each other on every level. Thank you for the gluten-free recipe!!

  114. Ang

    It would appear that everything David Levithan touches is something I want to read, and this is no exception.

    What makes people fall in love?

    Everything or nothing. It’s so strange, isn’t it? I fell in love with my husband because he was patient with me when I was healing, and because he made me feel lovely and like my best self when he was around, but I also fell in love with him because he’s hilarious and because he has gorgeous hands.

    So, you know – the spectrum is wide and varied, as it should be. :)

  115. Savannah Valdez

    Haven’t read much by this author but have heard lots of amazing reviews for this book! Sounds interesting enough for me to pick up. Thanks for sharing!

  116. Lady Disdain

    Haha, what makes people fall in love? I have no idea.

    But I do know that I love David Levithan. His writing just makes me squeal like a crazed fan-girl (except in my head). I’ve read several of his books and each time I’ve fallen more in love with his writing. This line is such a perfect example: “everything around me feels like it’s the temperature of happiness.” His books always seem to capture whatever they’re dealing with so completely and effectively.

  117. Lisa

    This books looks interesting and I have heard great things about it. Can’t wait to read. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy.

  118. Erin

    I love the book he did with John Green and have heard great things about this book. Can’t wait to read it.

  119. Enbrethiliel


    I don’t recall the TNG episode you’ve alluded to, Wendy, but I was totally reminded of Quantum Leap!

    And I have to say that your comment about “logic-hobbled readers” was quite the gauntlet to throw down. Personally, I do insist that stories make sense in order to be good, but I also think that logic is only one part of making sense. And now I want to read this book, in the hope that it will help me to explain the last sentence clearly. LOL! But perhaps I don’t have to . . . The image of Disney’s Wendy is in my line of sight as I type this, reminding me that J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan has many “illogical” moments and yet manages to be a great novel. But do you really know of people who would not be able to overlook certain parts of the plot and enjoy the whole?

    PS — The cookie recipe sounds great! I’ll definitely try it soon. Thanks! =)

  120. Julie@My5monkeys

    I have heard such good things about this book. I so want to read it..and yes I love body switching stories. nom nom nom off to try and make those cookies.

  121. Vivien

    I’ve read the books that David has done with other authors. While I’ve enjoyed them, I’ve wanted to read something that he’s done himself. I’m definitely intrigued by the premise. Hopefully I’ll enjoy this one too :)