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Book Review | Another Day

So after I was completely blown away by Every Day, it was only natural that I read the companion novel.

One of my concerns was that Rhiannon’s perspective and voice would not be different from the protagonist’s in Every Day. I was so wrong. Rhainnon has such a quiet, complex perspective on the world. Levitahn does a brilliant job of creating three dimensional characters, you feel like you’re a part of their lives.

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This novel again made me think of how we end up living the same life every day and take so much for granted. But this novel also created a realistic setting where sometimes I felt frustrated with Rhiannon.

The novel so beautifully portrays teenage love and heartbreak and the need to hold onto something even if its damaging for you. It explores the fact that mental affects even the most ‘normal’ people

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It was good to see how Rhiannon perceived the protagonist changing bodies every day. This gave rise to her prejudices and her perceptions about race. Because the reality is that people are flawed and prejudice does play a role in it. It was also interesting to see how her perception on attraction changed day to day as well. 18459855

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Book Review | Every Day by David Levithan

This book was unlike anything I’ve read before and I’ve read a lot of books.

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The idea of someone waking up in a different body every day was enough to get me hooked. But this someone happened to be a teenager who got to experience the life of a different teenager every day. This gave the novel the chance to explore legit every teenage issue from gender, identity, mental illness, body image. It is incredible how many ground this novel managed to cover.

Levithan has this amazing ability to give his protagonist such a distinct voice, despite being in a different body, the perspective is always the same. The character development was so complex. You understood the protagonist’s need for love and comfort and a chance at a normal teenage experience but there was always the fact that his body would change.

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What I love about this novel is that it really makes you think. It makes you think about how much the inside matters but also about how much the outside matters. It makes you think about the experiences we have living in the same body every day and how we take most of them for granted. How we forget that everyone is living in their own world. It makes you think of how ginormous the universe really is.

I must admit, at the beginning I thought this novel was going to be another sappy love story but I was hooked. I was hooked because I wanted to see who he would wake up as next. I was hooked because there’s this cult war going on in the novel. I was hooked because you could never tell how the novel was going to end. Related image

And I wanted more so I read the companion novel from the girl’s perspective.

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Loss of Innocence

I recently finished reading The Catcher in the Rye for school and as with any book read in school we have to write an essay.

One of, if not THE, central message of the novel is ‘losing your innocence’ and diving into adulthood from childhood, which got me thinking what does loss of innocence actually mean?

If you look at the definition of innocence, it’s often associated with purity or being naive.

And I think children are very pure, in the sense that they don’t let external factors affect their opinion of someone or something.

To illustrate my point, if Little Jhonny thinks you’re a bad man he’s going to say it (that’s a very bad example) but I believe children are very perceptive when it comes to differing right from wrong. There are no grey areas. It’s just black or white

But as we get older we’re taught to process our thoughts and process what we’re going to say. I can’t just blurt out every single thing I think of someone, but as a child you can get away with that. Which leads me to the question

Is what we say or express actually a representation of ourselves or is it mostly a product of our environment?

There’s comes a point, I guess adolescence would be a perfect example, where we stop being completely and truly ourselves and becomes this thing called a part of society. We conform to opinions and behaviours and music tastes, not entirely but still.

And I guess that’s what loss of innocence means: losing yourself.

NOTE: This post may or may not make sense or be highly accurate, but just my opinion, just throwing it out there.

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Book Review | Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe

Title: Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz

Genre: YA Contemporary

Page Count: 368 pages

Synopsis 

Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari’s features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.

But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other―and the power of their friendship―can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side

Aristotle and Dante was a real eye opener as to what it’s like growing up especially for boys and from a sixteen year old’s perspective (aka me) growing up sucks, which is why I could relate to this book so well.

Plot

The story is very in line with all those coming-of-age classics and it is just beautiful. I think the book did a very good job of establishing the fact that everyone has their own struggles especially teenagers (not biased at all)

I don’t have much to say about the plot except that it was steadily paced and I liked how the book was divided into sections to represent various things (it’ll make sense if you read it

Characters

The characters are the heart and soul of this book. Ari is a very realistic teenager who feels angst and confusing emotions until finally he learns to control and accept these feelings and emotions. However, sometimes it did get difficult to understand Ari’s emotions and why he felt the way he felt about certain people. I think it was just part of this thing called growing up

I like the whole family dynamic of the novel as well. Often in YA the parents tend to just not exist basically but this book did quite the opposite. It was understandable because growing up has a lot to do with becoming independent from your parents and coming to terms with them.

One of the things I loved about this novel was that every character was explored and illustrated well, I mean from Dante’s mom to Ari’s aunt.

Writing

Going into this book I thought there would be alternate POVs between Dante and Ari but nope, it’s all from Ari’s perspective. I would’ve loved to read Dante’s POV but hey you can’t have everything. In many ways, it felt like the author was telling his own story about growing up which just felt so personal and amazing. One complain would be that while following the dialogue it sometimes got difficult to distinguish the voices as in who was saying what.

Rating

4

 

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