Every Day: The Fragility of a Moment

Previously posted April 12, 2013 in Angeli’s main blog (theangeltakesflight)

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Every Day cover

I was just halfway through the book when I decided with absolute certainty that I was going to add Every Day to my list of favorite novels. By the time I finally did finish the novel, I was in tears over how it ended, how it didn’t end, and how brilliant the writing was.

Dear reader, be wary of spoilers ahead! 🙂 

A, A, A, how do I even begin to write this review?! I can sit here in front of my computer and spend hours and hours of every day trying to think of the words that would best convey what I honestly thought of this masterpiece, but none of them would ever prove to be sufficient. YES, IT’S THAT GOOD. YES, IT’S THAT BRILLIANT.

“I am a drifter, and as lonely as that can be, it is also 
remarkably freeing. I will never define myself in terms 
of anyone else. I will never feel the pressure of peers 
or the burden of parental expectation. I can view 
everyone as pieces of a whole, and focus on the whole, 
not the pieces. I have learned to observe, far better 
than most people observe. I am not blinded by the past 
or motivated by the future. I focus on the present 
because that is where I am destined to live.”

Our protagonist, A (a name he chose and gave himself) spends every day as a different person in a different body. Yes, it’s still him (though A is neither girl or boy in truth, I choose to simply use the masculine pronouns) inside, but every 24 hours, he “borrows” the life of somebody else and becomes that person (in the physical sense, anyway) for a day. Having this kind of mode of existence of about sixteen years already, A has already gotten accustomed to it. No use trying to get anything more from it. It is what is. For a day.

“What is it about the moment you fall in love? How can 
such a small measure of time contain such enormity? I 
suddenly realize why people believe in déjà vu, why 
people believe they've lived past lives, because there 
is no way the years I've spent on this earth could 
possibly encapsulate what I'm feeling.

But everything changed when he met a girl named Rhiannon. Wait.
At this point, you may be thinking, Ah. Here we go, it’s just another cheesy love story. No, my friend, you are very much mistaken. It’s not cheesy. And it can’t be any more different than it already is. Every Day shows love in all its forms, in all its illusions, in all its ideals, in all its tragedies, in all its joys, in all its manifestations in life. And let me just say that Day 6015 is true love in word form. Really. You’ll understand when you read for yourself. I don’t even mind you not finishing this review. Go on and buy yourself a copy of this book already!

"“It's as if when you love someone, 
they become your reason.”

Love truly is a powerful thing. Look how it got A his ideals and dreams back. Love brought hope back into A’s life, into A’s existence. Because of love, he started breaking the rules he had established for his life. Because of love, he truly began hoping for a chance at every day, not just one day. Because of A, love was also able to show its magic to Rhiannon – what existing force in this earth could possibly have you believe such a far-fetched tale, had you not given love a chance and found love yourself? 

“The past and future are what's complicated. 
It's the present that's simple.”

Throughout the novel, A’s personal realizations over each life he has to live show us just how fragile a moment is. We often take life for granted, thinking, Ah. There’s always tomorrow. Forget about it. Let’s just bum around all day and waste time. But, like A, what if there is no tomorrow? Would we choose to make walls around ourselves even more? Would we think that there would be no use living out a life that would last a single day? A gradually found substance in the kind of life he was living – sure, there was no continuity, but he was still able to gain so much experiences. Just goes to show how so much could happen in a single day.

Yet, here we are, blessed with so much more. In our life, we are granted multiple days. In our life, we are granted continuity and constancy (a sense of it, anyway). In our life, we don’t have to worry about suddenly finding ourselves in the body of different person, having to worry about playing yet another kind of life. In our life, we can decide for ourselves how we want it to go, not having to depend on what we can “access”, what memories we can find built-in in the bodies we possess. What we have at the present is a true result of our past, and how we go about during this present is what will manifest in our future.

David Levithan has truly come up with a masterpiece. It is a novel and at the same time, it is a collection of short stories. Centering on life and love, Every Day is a story, I believe, every one should get to know. Though it is a certainty

There is just so much more I’ve learned from the novel and this review certainly doesn’t encapsulate even half of all my feelings. At the end of the day, I just want to say: Read it. Read it and live your every day to the fullest. Never let a single moment go to waste. Why? Because that moment is real, and that moment is yours. And it could be so much more than a moment if only you live it and give it a chance to grow.

“And it doesn’t even matter if it’s true or not. 
What matters is that I feel it, and believe it.”

 

 DOCTOR'S ORDERS: READ IT. Whoever you are, as long as you are a human being who feels emotion, especially if at some point in your life, you've questioned your identity, this book is for you!
Watch out for: so maaaaany emotional triggers that will make you burst in FEELS and possibly tears
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