EVERY DAY is the first novel I have read by Levithan that he hasn't co-authored with someone else, and after knowing him as a very contemporary author, I found his slip into the fantastic to be extraordinary. The book is still full of the gorgeous description and terminology I've come to expect by Levithan, and is highly quotable. There's so much insight into humanity and the way we work, as well as the trappings of society. This concept would be preachy in any other book, but through the novel's narrator, reads perfectly.
Centered around A., a sexless soul who spends life inhabiting someone else's body every day and never his/her own, A. has never known another life. Was A. born a male, a female? What caused A. to jump bodies day after day, always waking up to a new life? These are questions A. doesn't know the answer to. It has always been this way, and it will always be this way. It is impossible for A. to make lasting connections, but even A. wants a family, wants romance, wants an ordinary life. When A. meets Rhiannon and makes a connection, s/he goes out of the way to maintain it despite the odds stating such a thing is impossible.
I love the way A. is able to see society through untainted eyes, focusing on what's truly important and realizing that what we're taught to see and believe isn't always true. The novel's message is deep and profound, and leaves a lasting impression long after the last page is turned. There was an...action that occurred toward the very end that rubbed me the wrong way and left a taint in my mind when I think about EVERY DAY, but I know others who have read the book that haven't been bothered by it, so it's very much a "me" thing. The majority of the book is strong, and I can see EVERY DAY being an award contender because it's so unique, unexpected, and outside the box, truly unlike anything I've ever read before. I would love to see Levithan do more in this vein, and am looking forward to the release of INVISIBILITY in 2013, which he co-authored with Andrea Cremer, because it once again promises to be more than just straight-forward contemporary issues.