Discussion Guide: Every Day, by David Levithan

About the Book

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that 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. (from the publisher)

Meet the Author

David Levithan (born September 7, 1972; Short Hills, New Jersey) is an American young-adult fiction editor and award-winning author. His first book, Boy Meets Boy, was published in 2003. He has written numerous works featuring strong male gay characters, most notably Boy Meets Boy and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. At 19, Levithan received an internship at Scholastic Corporation where he began working on the Baby-sitters Club series. Seventeen years later, Levithan is still working for Scholastic as an editorial director. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a young-adult imprint of Scholastic Press focusing on new voices and new authors. PUSH publishes edgier material for young adults and is where Patricia McCormick got her start with 2002's Cut. In an interview with Barnes & Noble, Levithan claimed that he learned how to write books that were both funny and touching… (from the publisher)

Discussion Questions 

  1. Do you think that A’s ability to find Rhiannon in spite of the fact that he always wakes up in a new body is romantic or too convenient?
  2. What message do you think Levithan is trying to convey in this book? Do you think he succeeds?
  3. Did the choices that made throughout the book somehow hinder or alter the lives of those he inhabited?
  4. To what degree does loneliness enter the book for A and for other characters?
  5. Which body do you think is the most uncomfortable for A and why? Of all the bodies that A inhabits, which is the most memorable or significant, and why?
  6. Was it appropriate or inappropriate for A to interfere in Rhiannon’s life the way he does?
  7. Do you think the romance distracted from the story or moved it forward?
  8. What do you think A saw in Rhiannon to make him "break the rules?"
  9. Do you find the idea of a “soul” entering a body off putting?
  10. What did you think of the Reverend? Will A ever contact him?
  11. Did you find the ending satisfying?

(Questions from Siouxland Libraries staff)