Review: Everyday-David Leviathan
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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 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.
Sometimes, authors get brilliant ideas, one that seems out of this world, new, and creative. A challenge of sorts to keep it fresh. David Leviathan had that brilliant idea and wrote it, pouring his words into something unique and special. I read that book, and it sucked.
Going into this book, I was curious about the story. I've had it on my shelf for a few years now, and though I had intended to read it, the book never caught my interest again. Since I'm currently doing the Reading Quest, this book fit one of the boxes so it pushed me to finally read it.
I didn't know what I was getting into. The synopsis, while telling, also came off as mysterious and I had no idea what this book was really about. But I gave it a shot, and here I go...
None. Literally, none at all.
A is Dr. Sam Beckett, who happens to be a quantum, a being that jumps from body to body. A has no body of it's own, and stays in the host body from morning to midnight every day. He doesn't remember the previous body after a certain amount of time, and registers some known info from the current host body to get through the day.
There are a lot, and I mean a lot of questions that don't get answered. So if you're someone who needs answers about the how, what, and why, then don't bother with this because you'll get nothing. Which really irked me, because I love finding answers to my questions. It was a huge disappointment, as I had to force myself to finish this book, and I did for the sole reason of needing to know how, why, and what.
There are inconsistancies throughout this. At one point, A explains that he doesn't know any of their inner thoughts, then days later, he can dig through and use it to get about his day. I was often confused because his little "rules" for himself get changed around when the plot deems it so.
From the beginning, you get a feel for the possibility of not getting answers, but I had high hopes. I instead focused on the story itself. Which was bad.
There were two points of this story: the romance and A being that typical Nice Guy in YA books, and the other is focusing on various plots from side characters, or the characters that A leaps into. It came across rather boring and repetitive after the first few leaps.
Firstly, the romance. You know I'm all for the romance, but this one was such a let down! Okay, the second A meets Rhiannon, he's in her boyfriends body, Justin. Justin is an A-hole with obvious anger towards the world and an obsession for putting his girlfriend down. A immediately falls for her, mostly because he "gets" her, and can tell she's sad but strong. Um, you fall for her because she's a sad human being that's obviously been mentally and emotionally abused by the dude who you are currently inhabiting? Cool. And since A knows he won't be in Justin's body the next day, A sets a plan in motion to basically stalk her and get her to fall for whoever's body A is in. This is creepy and stalkerish, plus you're using a random person to get her to fall in love with.
I get along the story that we're supposed to sympathize with A and his plight of forever jumping into unwilling people who have no idea someone has taken over. No, its impossible to feel bad for someone that's basically possessing a person without them knowing. That's stuff in a horror movie, and A needs to be exercised. A literally messes up their life by skipping school, having fights, becoming a different person, and even MOVING AWAY?? Like, come on! That's not cool.
The second one is about the "hosts." Each and everyone we read about has a problem. Obesity, depression, trans, rich and mean parents, etc. After a while it started to get repetitive and Leviathan's own preferences came through in a bad way. Like, he totally pushes his viewpoint and we as readers can't develop our own thoughts. At one point, A inhabits a females body and tries to get Rhiannon to fall for her. The fact that Leviathan pushes that and writes as if it's her fault for not being able to love the opposite gender is just terrible. I'm into dudes, does that mean I'm wrong or my feelings aren't justified?
This isn't science fiction at all. Or paranormal. It's all romance. And usually I'm okay with this, but for this case, I'm not. It was written poorly, I couldn't stand being in A's mind, and I felt no connection with anyone in this book. Awesome, you have a problem, big whoop, is how I felt toward them.
This wasn't what I thought it would be like. Besides the obvious of its genre being labeled wrong, I felt disconnected toward everyone, and the views that Leviathan pushes made me uncomfortable and angry. I don't recommend this book, especially for people who need answers.