Someday – David Levithan

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Published October 2nd 2018 by Electric Monkey
Author: David Levithan
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): YA, Fantasy, LGBT
Pages: 394
Star rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Opening line:

“Everytime the doorbell rings, I think it might be A.”

Goodreads synopsis:

Every day a new body. Every day a new life. Every day a new choice.

For as long as A can remember, life has meant waking up in a different person’s body every day, forced to live as that person until the day ended. A always thought there wasn’t anyone else who had a life like this.

But A was wrong. There are others.

A has already been wrestling with powerful feelings of love and loneliness. Now comes an understanding of the extremes that love and loneliness can lead to — and what it’s like to discover that you are not alone in the world.

In Someday, David Levithan takes readers further into the lives of A, Rhiannon, Nathan, and the person they may think they know as Reverend Poole, exploring more deeply the questions at the core of Every Day and Another Day: What is a soul? And what makes us human?

My review

It’s no secret that David Levithan is one of my favourite authors, and when I heard that Someday was coming out as a sequel to Every Day, I got very excited. In between these two books is Another Day, which is basically a re-telling of Every Day, but from Rhiannon’s perspective. I enjoyed the different point of view, but it was in essence the same story (albeit one that I’m crazy about).

However, Someday continues the story. For those of you who don’t know, or haven’t read the above synopsis, the story of the series is about A, a character who wakes up everyday in a different body. They are an entity that lives between lives, only ever taking the form of other people, and never having a form of their own.

The previous two books explore this on a small level compared to where Someday takes it. There are so many kind of philosophical and ethical questions that come up when you think about the concept of living a life solely through other people. It blows my mind to think about, and Someday explores all of this and more.

“Sometimes you’re a memory that I’m not really sure happened. There are hours when I forget I ever knew you. But there are many hours when I remember.”

It’s a really good story to make you think about what it means to be a person, a human, an individual. A is living a different life everyday, and this time David Levithan pushes the boundaries of what is possible to explore with this kind of scenario. He uses it for good, he uses it to educate and look at people from a whole other angle.

When reading it, I felt like I was living A’s experience, finding out what it would be like to wake up in a different body each day. Against all the odds, I have found Someday to be one of the most relatable books that I’ve read.

Two things that get explored well here are gender and, on a more discreet level, depersonalisation/derealisation disorder. It highlights the fact that a lot of people go through experiences that are similar to what people like A experience, but on a less literal level. As the character ‘Someone’ (from an online forum in the story) explains:

“I have periods when I feel completely separate from my body and from the world around me.”

We’re taken into this fantasy ‘what if’ scenario, and then shown a very real life experience that people have to deal with in their own lives, in real life, outside of the bubble of exploration that this book exists in.

In terms of gender, we finally get to hear how A feels about their own identity. Reading the previous two books, I automatically imagined A as male, despite him waking up in bodies of males and females. This was formed in part from Rhiannon, who (I assume) is a straight female. In her mind, I think she imagines A as male, because that’s what she’s naturally attracted to, and that’s the form he took mostly when their ‘relationship’ began.

However, if any kind of characters or entities could be considered non-binary or genderless, it’s A’s kind, although alternatives are explored in the book, as we delve deeper into how many other ‘people’ like A are out there, and what their identity is.

“I also told him the things I felt were the most true about me — about seeing myself as a person, not as a boy or a girl; about feeling like an outsider; about using books as a way to get inside something larger than my immediate life.”

Note: The above quote is pretty much exactly how I feel about myself too, so this was incredible for me to read, because I felt validated in my own identity. Although these feelings were coming from a fantasy character, it was as if they needed to be expressed through that fantasy narrative (which for some might make it more plausible as an identity) for it to actually come to the surface as something that makes readers realises is how some people identify in their normal, non-fantasy lives.

It’s elements like that in this story, around the main plot, that makes me love this book so much. It’s my favourite out of the whole series, because of how deep it goes into A’s life, and others like them. I couldn’t stop reading it, and didn’t want it to end. It’s a story I’m glad has been told, and one that will always be close to me in terms of the imagination of it, and how good it is for exploring what it really means to be a human individual.

Read it.

P.S. Unfortunately I haven’t reviewed the two other books in the series, but you should definitely check those out before reading this one: Every Day, and Another Day.

AND Every Day has been made into a film, I haven’t seen it (yet) but you can watch the trailer here: Every Day Trailer

If you fancy even more from the series, then there’s also the digital-only Six Earlier Days to check out.

Link to the book on Goodreads: Someday

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