Posts Tagged ‘David Levithan’

BRR: Every Day by David Levithan

March 25, 2013



Title: Every Day

Author:  David Levithan

Other books in series or Standalone:  Standalone

First Impressions:  Very unique concept.  “A” wakes up in a new body every morning and has to live that person’s life without making any changes or being noticed.  Everything is turned upside down when A, after waking up in the body of a teen named Justin, meets Justin’s girlfriend Rhiannon and is immediately drawn to her.

Last Impressions: I tore through this book in one sitting, and while I had a lot of questions at the end about the mechanics of it all, I did overall enjoy reading it.  It’s very original and thought-provoking; A is always a 16 year old but can wake up on any given morning looking like a completely different person, and so the book sends some strong messages about love, empathy, and acceptance.

Favorite Moment (SPOILER ALERT):  The first time A tries to explain the situation to Rhiannon.  As you can imagine, it’s tricky.

Dream Cast:  Since A is so many different people, the options are endless!  I would love to see someone like Emma Stone circa Easy A play Rhiannon; she could really bring the combo of feistyness and vulnerability.

People who should read this:  The bonus of A inhabiting a lot of different bodies is that it makes this book appealing to lots of people, since the main character is going through so many unique experiences based on the body he/she is in.  If you’re looking for something totally different from any other YA book you’ve read, and if you’re looking for a quick read, this is for you.

If you like this book, you may also like: some more of David Levithan’s books (like Boy Meets Boy and Will Grayson, Will Grayson), Ask the Passengers by A.S. King, Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak

BRR: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

July 22, 2011


Title: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Other books in series or Standalone: Standalone

First Impressions: I really enjoyed the other major novel that Cohn and Levithan co-wrote, called Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, so I was really looking forward to this one.  And the story sounded so fun!  Christmas fantatic Lily is bored while on vacation from school, so she leaves a red notebook on a bookstore shelf.  The notebook contains the beginning of a set of challenges for whoever finds it, kind of like a city-wide scavenger hunt.  When snarky Dash find the notebook, he is immediately sucked into the dares, and the two spend their Christmas Break trading the notebook back and forth by leaving it at the site of the last dare.

Last Impressions: This was, in fact, a really fun book.  I love the idea of the notebook and the dares, and if it was at all realistic I would totally do it!  Dash starts off sort of unlikeable and Lily borders on annoying sometimes, but through their interactions they grow and become more likeable characters, which I think is one mark of a good story.  And Cohn and Levithan do a great job at bringing New York to life, it really made me want to see it in the winter!

Favorite Moment (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT):  I really enjoyed Dash’s initial finding of the notebook in The Strand….it’s pretty funny.  The ending is also very nice, but I won’t spoil it!

Least Favorite Moment:  Dash and Lily’s first attempt at meeting in person.  Major failure.

Thoughts on the bookcover: The cover is so pretty!  I love the falling snow (especially right now, in the dead of summer!) and all the hearts.  It’s a very nice “New York in winter” image.

An ideal place to read this book: On a cozy couch with a mug of hot cocoa. 

People who should read this:  Guys and girls can both enjoy this, since you’re getting the perspectives of both Dash and Lily.  If you’re looking for a unique love story, this is definitely for you.  And fans of Christmas and books about Christmas will find a lot to enjoy here.

If you like this book, you may also like:  Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle.

YAuthor Stalking Tuesday: David Levithan

April 13, 2010

So where can you find all that YAuthor information? RIGHT HERE because it’s YAuthor Stalking Tuesday! Learn about your favorite authors, have a chat with them and then share your YAuthor adventures. This week is the Rad-Reads-writin’ David Levithan!

David LevithanAuthor: David Levithan
Books: Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Love is the Higher Law, Geektastic, First Kiss (Then Tell), This is Push, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Boy Meets Boy, and many others!
When he’s not being an Author: He’s being the EDITORIAL DIRECTOR at Scholastic and the FOUNDING EDITOR at Push!

Click on this link to see an interview with David about LGBT literature and censorship of his books:

Here is David and John acting out scenes from Chapter 4 of Will Grayson, Will Grayson:

John also gives some more info about the book and his collaboration with David on Vlogbrothers:

Have you met David Levithan? Do you have a YAuthor Adventure to share? Email Amber and we might post it on a YAuthor Stalking Tuesday!