Every Day

every Day

Every Day by David Levithan follows A, a being that inhabits bodies.  Every day A wakes up in a new body and becomes part of someone else’s life.  There is no family, no friends, and no routine for A.  And then, A meets Rhiannon and A’s reality becomes something painful.  A is in love and desperately wants to stay in the same body to be with Rhiannon. But, how can Rhiannon love A if she never knows who A is going to be each day?

I enjoyed this story for the most part.  The concept is interesting and the story moved quickly enough to hold my attention.  However, I did often find myself frustrated with the story.  A is a wonderful protagonist and I was constantly rooting for A but things just never seemed to go the way that I wanted them to.  While that doesn’t make for a bad book, I just had trouble getting really into the book because I was so frustrated at times.

As typical for David Levithan, Every Day is very well-written.  Levithan does an excellent job of including necessary details and tying all the ends of the story together.  I think he also did an excellent job of creating a wide variety of characters for A to inhabit.  Each one was different yet believable.  Levithan managed to represent an entire spectrum of teenagers with different background stories that clearly influenced the lives that A experienced.

Overall, I rated this book three stars.  It is well-written and has a very interesting plot.  The first fifty pages or so were very slow for me but I slowly found myself more involved and interested in the story.  Check it out if you are looking for a quick, interesting read.

threestar

Reconstructing Amelia

reconstructing ameliaWhen fifteen year old Amelia Baron dies after falling from the roof of her prestigious Brooklyn private school, everyone assumes it is a suicide.  Just a few weeks after her death, her mother, Kate, receives an anonymous text message suggesting that Amelia didn’t jump.  It wasn’t a suicide.  This revelation sends grieving, single-mother Kate on a whirlwind journey to reconstruct the last few weeks of Amelia’s life and find out what really happened to her daughter in Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight.

This book had some tough subjects in it, including suicide, bullying, and homosexuality.  However, I really enjoyed this book.  While these are difficult subjects to talk about sometimes, it is reality for many of today’s youth.  As a high school teacher, I see much of this play out in the lives of my students so I think this is a really relate-able book, especially for the young adult age group.  Not only were the characters easy to relate to, the book was also very well written.  The author does a fabulous job of engaging the reader in the story.  It is fast-paced with lots of plot twists throughout the book.  The author also does a great job of tying up all the loose ends in the book as well.  The ending left me feeling satisfied rather than still asking questions.

Overall, I gave this book four stars.  It was a book that kept me interested and gave me a lot to think about.  If you like fast-paced mysteries, check this book out.

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I Am the Messenger

Ed KennIamthemessengeredy is an underage cab driver who doesn’t have a whole lot going for him.  He is in love with his best friend, Audrey, but she doesn’t seem to feel the same way.  His mother can’t stand him and he lives alone with his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman.  Everything changes for him when the bank he just happens to be in becomes the site of a robbery.  Ed acts heroically and foils the robbery.  His name is in every paper and the would-be bank robber is not happy.  At the trial, the robber tells Ed to watch out and vows to seek revenge after he completes his jail sentence.  Ed just wants things to go back to normal.  However, some one else has other plans for him.  Shortly after the trial, Ed receives the first ace in the mail.  A simple playing card with a cryptic message.  Ed has been chosen to figure out the message and carry out his new duty.

This novel follows Ed as he discovers each message that he is supposed to deliver.  This story kept me guessing the whole time.  It is far from predictable and I really enjoyed each of the twists and turns.  I also enjoyed the messages that Ed had to carry out.  Essentially he was challenged to care about those in his community which is something the world, as a whole, could use a little more of.  

Markus Zusak is probably most well-known for The Book Thief.  If you have read and enjoyed that, then I would definitely suggest picking up I Am The Messenger.  It felt a bit more fast-paced than The Book Thief but just as well written. One of my eleventh grade students actually recommended this book (and let me borrow it).  I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started reading it.  I hadn’t heard anything about this book but it grabbed my attention quickly and drew me in.  It ended up being one of those books that I couldn’t stop reading and was a little disappointed that it was over when I finished it. Overall, I rated this book with four stars.  

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