5 stars · fiction · romance · young adult

Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day

author : david levithan

pages : [hardcover] 336

memorable quote : “I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.” 

favorite characters : a & rhiannon

summary :

In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a “wise, wildly unique” love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life.

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.

With his new novel, David Levithan, bestselling co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

review :

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for so long! I’ve heard nothing but good things about it but even before that the entire concept of Every Day was fascinating; how are you supposed to build a love story if the main character doesn’t stay the same any two days in a row? Not just that: A doesn’t have control over whether he’s a girl or a boy, which makes things even more complicated.

A is such a sweet character, even with all of the complexities. A always strives to leave each person he inhabits exactly the same as they were the day before, without interfering in their lives or making anything any worse for them. This also means that A is susceptible to experiencing all of the horrible parts a person’s life can contain and, sometimes, not being able to do anything about that.

This is a book that will hook you in and not allow you to stop reading until you’ve reached the end. And what an ending this has. This book will make you laugh, cry, and experience both the horrors and the hope of humanity. David Levithan has definitely executed this idea perfectly and this is now one of my favorite books of all time. I recommend this for anyone; there are so many important themes and ideas here that no one should miss!

5/5 stars

fiction · young adult

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Pages [hardcover]: 305

Memorable Quote: “Talking to a drunk person was like talking to an extremely happy, severely brain-damaged three-year-old.”

Favorite Character: Quentin

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Summary:

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life – dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues – and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

Printz medalist John Green returns with the brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of listeners.

Review:

 I’ve waited far too long to read one of John Green’s novels. I’ve heard nothing but praise for them, but never had the urge to pick one up before now. Thankfully, my local library had a copy of Paper Towns, which I snatched half on a whim, half to find out whether or not it would click with me.

I can’t put my finger on what exactly made me like this book. The characters were brilliant, and exactly like teenagers-fickle and filled with flaws, but not necessarily bad because of this. And I think so many young adult books dumb it down or add large words that just don’t mix with modern speech. The twisting plot, attitude problems, and relationship drama reminds me of myself and my friends. It’s always great when you can relate to what you read.

I like the little quirks Quentin & Co. are given. Margo is a mystery in and of herself, adding plenty of suspense and intrigue. Though I definitely liked the story from the start, the plot picked up near the end and I ended up blowing off a night of homework just to get to the end. ^^ So, be warned. Whatever you were doing before you started this…Prepare to procrastinate with Paper Towns.

Paper Towns is a great novel that I give 4.5/5 stars. I recommend it to any mystery, young adult, or John Green fans. Plus, any nerdfighters out there. I’ve been one for…half a year now, I think. Have no idea what I’m talking about? Check out vlogbrotherse on youtube, and visit their channel page here. Fight for awesome and decrease world suck!