Reviews for Every Day

AudioFile Reviews 2012 September
Every day, A inhabits a different teenager's body. A has been male, female, gay, and straight, but (s)he has never been in love until (s)he meets Rhiannon. Levithan tackles sexuality and acceptance as A balances personal desire with ethical behavior. Narrator Alex McKenna chronicles A's attempts to reconnect with Rhiannon while coping with an ever-changing physical identity. The first thing listeners will note is McKenna's throaty vocal quality, which is akin to laryngitis. This distracting effect is a barrier that prevents full connection to the text. That problem, along with a slow start, means that listeners will be well into the story before they can appreciate McKenna's emotional range and subtle handling of an introspective main character. Humor well delivered may help balance a problematic vocal choice. C.A. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 October #5

Imagine waking up every morning in a different body, with a different personality, and a different life. This is reality for A, who experiences a new beginning every day of his life. And while A has come to accept this fate, when he awakens to meet the woman of his dreams, he decides he must find a way to break the cycle. Leviathan's entertaining and imaginative novel comes to life in this inspired reading by Alex McKenna. Despite the fact that A is a male, the female McKenna brilliantly captures the character, adding nuance and depth. The narrator's delivery is confident, emotive, and captivating--at times it sounds as if she is reading from her own diary. The result is truly memorable listening. Ages 12-up. A Knopf hardcover. (Aug.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 December

Gr 7 Up--"A" wakes up in a different body every day. He establishes guidelines for himself so he will not get too involved with people and disrupt lives. Then "A" wakes up one morning in Justin's body and meets his girlfriend, Rhiannon. All his self-imposed rules get tossed out the window because he wants to be with her all the time. Without understanding why, the inhabited teens borrow cars, go to parties, and cut school. When "A" leaves Nathan, one of his host bodies, by the side of the road after curfew, he's shocked to learn that Nathan thinks he was possessed. "A" has to find a way to romance Rhiannon as a different person every day and fend off Nathan's demanding emails. Loaded with intriguing plot points and bittersweet romance, Levithan's fast-paced story (Knopf, 2012) deals with themes involving ethics and trust. Alex McKenna's scratchy, just-woke-up sounding voice suits both male and female characters, and he really sells the emotional stress "A" faces as he tries to do what's right. Sequels are in the offing, so the ending is less than conclusive and takes on a thriller tone once "A" learns that there are others like him. This title will have broad audience appeal.--C.A Fehmel, St. Louis County Library, MO

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