After reading Norwegian Wood a few weeks ago, I was supposed to read something light and less depressing. I was a few chapters in of Cecelia Ahern's Thanks for The Memories but I eventually gave up on it. I just lost interest in the story. It's one of those books that I prefer to watch the movie adaptation instead of reading the book.
When I found a copy of David Levithan's Every Day, I knew I had to buy it. The first few lines of the book caught my attention in an instant. And I didn't regret spending a portion of my sweldo for it.
Every Day is a unique read. 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*. It's the first book I've read that was written by David Levithan. And because I liked this book so much, I'm going to hunt down more of his work like How They Met and Other Stories and Every You, Every Me. Where I live, it's a tad bit hard to look for copies of good books that costs less.
Just like the rest of my Book Talk entries, here are a few lines I've picked out from the book that has stayed with me:
“When first love ends, most people eventually know there will be more to come. They are not through with love. Love is not through with them. It will never be the same as the first, but it will be better in different ways.”
It's unbelievable the amount of hope these lines hold. The last line struck my heart through and through. When I read these words, I feel like I was being slapped in the face by reality again. Sometimes, I have these lonely nights when I'd think that I'll never love the way I loved before. I hope I remember these lines next time.
“There are many things that can keep you in a relationship," I say. "Fear of being alone. Fear of disrupting the arrangement of your life. A decision to settle for something that's okay, because you don't know if you can get any better. Or maybe there's the irrational belief that it will get better, even if you know he won't change.”
I know I still have so much to learn when it comes to love and relationships, but one thing I've learned from it so far (both from personal experience and observation on some of my friends' relationships) is that it's supposed to do you more good than bad. It's supposed to shape you and your partner into better versions of yourselves.
If the relationship makes you feel shitty all the time but you can't let go of it because of some reasons that those lines above might have mentioned, remember that a person can only take so much.
I wish someone told me these things before. Oh well. Sometimes we just have to learn things the hard way, right? :)
In totality, Every Day was such a unique and enthralling read. It has been a while since the last time I liked a book so much that I just could not put it down, not even for a minute. The ending was a tad bit heartbreaking but I feel like it was the right thing for A to do. I'm actually itching to tell you guys more about the book but I know spoiler sucks big time, so I'll leave it to you to find out what happens to A and Rhiannon :)
Have you read this book? If so, spill! :D I'd be happy to read all your thoughts about the book.
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