David Levithan is quickly becoming one of my favorite YA authors. I read Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist a long time ago, right before the film came out, and Levithan cowrote it with Rachel Cohn. I never paid attention to the authors back then because it was the kind of book you read in a day, enjoy it, and then, unfortunately, forget about. So when I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson and did some research on the coauthor, Levithan, I was surprised I’d already read another of his books. I’ve loved John Green for a long time now, but the flair that Levithan added to Will Grayson, Will Grayson was wonderful. I now consider it one of my favorite YA novels. I even liked his half of the novel more than John Green’s.
I just finished reading Every Day, my first novel that was written entirely by David Levithan. It was beautiful. I love how the book delves into topics like gender and sexuality, topics I tend to cover in my own writing and things that are very important to teens. I like that it addresses the fact that many cisgendered people see trans* people as as a blurred line, as if they are unclear and not fully a person with a unique gender identity, and that’s not true. I haven’t seen a book that so cleverly dives into these topics that can be confusing to young people, both trans* and cisgendered. It answers a lot of questions and shows that, in the end, we are all just people. I love that A’s gender is ambiguous; A is both male and female and feels comfortable as a male and as a female and sometimes feels uncomfortable with either, something I think a lot of people can relate to. No one feels completely comfortable in their own skin all the time. I highly recommend this book to everyone: straight, gay, bisexual, pansexual, male, female, trans*, cisgendered, etc. It will help create an understanding of people from all different backgrounds and walks of life with all different identities. It’s emotional and sad and beautiful and the ending was so satisfying to me. I could see how some would disagree, but I loved it.
Has anyone else read this book? Let me know in the comments what you thought! Next I’ll be reading Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan.