Review: Every Day

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Rhiannon rings like a bell through the night
and wouldn’t you love to love her?
Takes to the sky like a bird in flight
and who will be her lover?
All your life you’ve never seen
woman, taken by the wind
Would you stay if she promised you heaven?
Will you ever win?

I had to download that Fleetwood Mac song after reading Every Day, by David Leviathan.

Every day is a YA book about A, who wakes up every day as a guest in someone else’s body.  They’re always the same age as A is, and a person’s body plays host to A for only a day.  Then they go about their lives with no memory of A kind of borrowing their body for the day.  A has made peace with this way of life, vowing to never deviate from each person’s routine.  That is until A meets Rhiannon, while in the body of her boyfriend.  Then every day, in whatever body A wakes up in, A’s goal is to see Rhiannon.

<Sigh> This book’s premise was really interesting and fairly early on in it, you really feel for A – who is literally all alone in the world, without family or friends.  All of that changes when A meets Rhiannon and feels that bolt of electricity all of us has felt at some point in our lives.  And like a lot of us, A can’t ignore it.  As a writer, I kept trying to figure out how David Leviathan was going to bring the story to an end in a way that would satisfy me.  I’m not giving anything away, but he does a really good job of it.

5 out of 5 stars, but I’ll warn you…in addition to downloading (playing and singing) Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac, this book may also make you think and possibly wreck you a bit (as many books do)…until you find the next great book to get lost in.

A graphic graphic novel review 

First, I should like to give a warning to people who read this blog who don’t like graphic content, knew me as a child, or birthed me (Mom, this clearly means you)…you don’t want to read this review.

Is everyone else still with me? Okay!

Sex Criminals – Volume 1, is a graphic, graphic novel (see what I did there? cleverness!) with excellent dirty jokes and all around fun shenanigans.  One of my favorite bits, which caused me to breakout into giggles, was a scene with post-it notes over the lyrics to my favorite Queen song, due to copyright issues and lawyers. 🙂

Synopsis:

Suzie can make time stop when she has sex.  It’s rather lonely, until she meets Jon, who can do the same thing…

<Mom – seriously, stop reading.>

So what are two people to do when they can freeze time?  Act as modern day Robin Hoods, of course.

<MO-THER: please, stop reading…I don’t want to have awkward conversations about sex and responsibility later.>

Anyway…Suzie is on a mission to save the local library (or at the very least, the books) from being closed by the bank.  Jon, disillusioned and plant-pooping (it’s a long story) bank employee, wants to liberate funds to save the library.

But, more than just Suzie and Jon can freeze time.  And their Robin Hooding activity has  caught the attention of the others.

5 out of 5 stars for this fun and bawdy graphic novel.  I especially enjoyed the recap of past lovers and the awkwardness of teenage years (including those awkward questions we all had).

<Mom – I’ll know when you read this, because I’ll get a lecture after…Unless of course, you read it and then never lecture me.  It’ll be like your own little secret, and I’ll never know. :p  No? hmm, it was worth a try.>

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – Review

Review: “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry,” by Gabrielle Zevin

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Summary

A.J. Fikry is the owner of a little bookstore on a small island, with small sales and limited ties to the community.  No man is an island, and yet A.J. lives on one and does his best to keep to himself after the accidental death of his wife, all but drinking himself to death.  But several things begin to change – a new bookselling agent, a stolen and priceless book, and…a toddler left in his store.  Suddenly the lost and seemingly stuck A.J. is acting as a father to the little girl, making friends in the community, and thinking about dating again.

My Thoughts

This was a great book!  A book about a serious book lover and his amazing second chance at life, so of course I loved it (I’m a sucker for second chances at life and love).  🙂  Before every chapter, A.J. has a book recommendation for his daughter, which was so sweet and reminded me of the small bookstores that often have small book reviews or staff reviews on their shelves.  Also the whole story lovely from start to finish.  There are a fair amount of sad parts, make no mistake about it, but as with most lives, the good far outweighs the bad in this well-crafted story.  Make sure to check it out – 5 out of 5 stars.