Book Review: Every Day

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.



Title: Every Day

Author: David Levithan

Published: August 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Time it took me to read: 22/01 – 05/02

Rating: 4 out of 5


“A” wakes up in a different body each day. It’s been like that every day of its life. It is neither a he or a she, black nor white nor Asian nor Hispanic, it is no ones child or sibling. It is a parasite that lives one day of someone’s life and then moves on to the next while leaving the previous person slightly dazed about the last day’s events. The only thing that is constant in A’s life is that he only ends up in bodies in the general area (up to 4 hours away from the previous person) and they always the same age he is.

We meet “A” when he wakes up in the body of Justin, a regular, nothing special, boy. On most days, he tries to get through the days as the people he possesses usually do. Except today is different. He doesn’t know what exactly but somewhere during the day he asks Justin’s girlfriend to take off for the day. Skip school and head to the beach. He connects with Rihannon, Justin’s girlfriend, in a way that he has never connected with a person before. Even after he left Justin’s body, he can’t seem to stop thinking about her. He has to see her again.


I found this book on goodreads when browsing around for new things to read. It stood out to me. The premise is quite unique I think, and I had to read it as soon as possible.

I really liked this book. It wasn’t life changing or anything but it was different and interesting. I kind of hope that the author will decide to write a sequel because there is much more to say about A.

What I like most was the description of all the different people whose body he borrows for a day. All shapes and sizes, genders, colors, sexualities. Everyone had a different story. The only constant in the story is Rihannon.

A’s relationship with Rihannon was not necessarily what made the book great for me. I thought she was a little too accepting of the whole body changing thing. I did like Rihannon though, she was an actual realistic girl. She is the type of girl who you’d like to be your friend. It was how A lives ‘it’s’ life that made it a good read. The concept on it’s own was so original that the story didn’t even matter that much. Is that weird?

Anyway, I recommend this book for everyone who is looking for something new and different with an interesting twist. I rate it a 4 out of 5. I’m really liking David Levithan, I first discovered him through his collaboration with John  Green in the book Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Also a book that I really recommend.


Book Review: Paper Towns

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.


(This review will contain spoilers)

Quentin Jacobsen is a senior in High School. He’s the son of two therapists which makes him (or so he says) the most well-adjusted teenager in the world. He has two best friends: Ben and Radar. Radar is not his real name, they just call him that because he kinda looked like the character Radar from the old TV show M*A*S*H*. Except he’s grown about 6 inches and he’s black. But, the nickname stuck.

Then there’s this neighbour. Margo Roth Spiegelman. A girl with so much spirit that you can only call her by her full name. Margo and Q used to be really good friends when they were younger. But then they grew up and Margo became popular while Q stayed just Q.

That is until one night, Margo shows up at his bedroom window in the middle of the night, inviting him to an adventure that he will remember the rest of his life. She takes him all over town, helping her play pranks on her former friends and ex-boyfriend, who she caught cheating on her with her supposedly best friend.

Q thought that maybe now they can be friends again, after a night like that. But, the next day, Margo is nowhere to be found. This is not unusual for her, but then she doesn’t come back and Q is getting worried. He finds the clues Margo left in the most unusual places and he vows that he will find her, no matter what.


As some of you may know, John Green is not only one of my favourite authors, he’s also one of my favourite people. I Adore John Green with a capital A. The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska (click on titles for reviews) are one of my favourite books of all times. However, for some reason I’ve been slightly apprehensive about reading Paper Towns. I don’t know why exactly but something about it didn’t make me want to read it.

After having read the book it both did and didn’t live up to my expectations. The book is divided into three parts. The first part, which mainly consists of meeting the characters and the ‘longest night’, I loved. It was very entertaining and it was nice to see the interaction between Margo and Q. The second part, the part of finding and deciphering clues, I didn’t like so much.

We have this kid who has a neighbour, who he has been in love with forever, who suddenly decides to take off and apparently that he is the one who must find her. She leaves him all these clues, basically forcing him to look for her despite the fact that he’s in the last couple of weeks of his senior year. He has finals and graduation and time that should be spent partying. Instead he’s pouring over Walt Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself‘, trying to understand what Margo was thinking and where she could be. Q, in turn, forces his friends along on this wacky adventure. Luckily for Q, they are up for the adventure most of the time. But when they aren’t, when they just want to be teenagers, Q is angry with them for not being more invested in the search for Margo.

This all would have been okay if not for the ending (SPOILERS AHEAD YE BE WARNED).

When Q and company finally do find where Margo is, which makes up part 3 of the book, they take a road trip across the country to find her. I did like this part except for the very end. They end up in this Paper Town, a fictional town created by map makers for copyright reasons, called Agloe, New York, where they find Margo literally living in a barn. That’s all fine, I didn’t want her to be dead so I was happy she didn’t kill herself. However, when they arrive, Margo is like ‘what the hell are you doing here?!’ and actually gets angry at them for not announcing that they were coming.

At this point I was like ‘whut?! Didn’t you leave all these clues just so they would come and find you? Didn’t they pass your test now?’ but apparently she didn’t think that Q would actually find her. After that it’s a lot of self-discovery and learning about yourself that make up the last few pages of the book. It was very anti-climactic to me. I was expecting a big reunion, or at least that Margo would be happy to see them. I didn’t expect her to come home but still.. it was weird.

In my opinion, this book is very similar to Looking for Alaska. Q, the innocent normal boy, is obsessed with Margo, the popular, smart, interesting, mysterious girl who disappears suddenly. Q is literally looking for Margo. Also, Margo is very similar to Alaska: she’s erratic, slightly selfish and hard to understand. I’m not entirely sure if we’re meant to like her, just like I thought that Alaska wasn’t necessarily supposed to be liked.

It took me a while to finish reading this book. The first and last part I skated through, they were the parts that I enjoyed most. But the second part was what stalled me. Nevertheless, it was all very well written and very enjoyable to read as I’ve come to expect from John Green’s books. There was a lot of poetry in this book, mostly Walt Whitman’s, which was hard for me as I have exactly 0 experience in reading poetry. So, I think that some of the meaning may have been lost on me.

All in all, I did enjoy reading Paper Towns and I will give it a 4 out of 5, points deducted for the middle and ending. Although I did enjoy reading it, it’s my least favourite of John Green’s books.

My Favourite Paper Towns Quotes:

“That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfeast cereals based on color instead of taste.”

“It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”

“Peeing is like a good book in that it is very, very hard to stop once you start.”

“Just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are… People are different when you can smell them and see them up close…”

“The fundamental mistake I had always made – and that she had, in fairness, always led me to make – was this: Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl.”

“Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will . . . But then again, if you don’t imagine, nothing ever happens at all.”

Book Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.


There are two Will Graysons. One is from Evanston and lives by two rules: 1. Never care too much and 2. shut up. His best friend is called Tiny Cooper, who is the largest gay person alive, who is flamboyant and fabulous. The second Will Grayson is from Naperville. He is not the shiny, happy type. He pretty much spends his time trying not to kill everyone in his school, biding his time till he can go home and talk to his best and only real friend Isaac, who he knows through the internet.

When Will² heads to Chicago to finally meet up with Isaac, which doesn’t go the way he planned, he runs into Will¹. They meet, they’re amazed at their name sharing and for some reason, they share their life stories. Trough this chance meeting, their lives mix and because of each other they change.


I just finished reading this book and I have to say, I’m impressed. It is a brilliant collaboration of two amazing writers; John Green & David Levithan. It was clear from the first chapter on that I was going to enjoy this book and it was confirmed in the second chapter that I was going to love this book.

Both Wills are great characters with their own flaws. Will¹ tries to be apathetic and keeps to himself, Will² is horribly depressed and has difficulty trying to see the good in the world. I could relate a bit to both Wills and I wanted to know more about them. After every chapter I wanted to keep reading about that specific Will instead of it switching to the other. But then in the next chapter, I’d have the exact same problem all over again so I guess it cancels each other out.

I did have a problem with the Will² chapters, written by David Lavithan. Non of the sentences start with a capital letter, the word I is spelled with a lower case i and names aren’t capitalized. It very much annoyed me at first as I wasn’t really comfortable reading like that but I kinda got used to it. I get that it’s a method of differentiating between the two but I didn’t think it was necessary.

A lot of people say that Will¹ is a bit pretentious with his ‘intelligent rock’ and his curiosity for Schrödinger’s cat theory. Same with Jane. However, I don’t think so. Sure, they are very much John Green characters if that makes sense. He does tend to create the same sort of characters in all his books but I don’t think that Will¹ and Jane are pretentious. They are just two teenagers trying to find their place in the world and slowly discovering that they way that they’ve been playing the game maybe isn’t the best way to play at all.

I do want to like Tiny, I really do, but there’s something about him that’s just off-putting. Will¹ actually has the same problem as I do so I’m guessing that it’s supposed to be part of the story, but I think that Tiny is selfish. He spends time with Will¹ when he wants to and then drops him when he wants to, too. He creates this musical about his life, in which Will¹ is a main character, without really caring what Will¹ thinks about his life being put on display. Now, it turns out okay in the end but still. The only real bit we see from Tiny is in a Will² chapter, which is funny since it’s a Will¹ character, but it didn’t make me feel any less like that the only thing he wants is for people to want the same things he wants.

I did enjoy the book very very much. I read it in no time at all and I will most definitely be reading it again. I absolutely loved the ending and I was in tears. And not the subtle teary eyed kind but the bottom lip shaking trying to hold it in kind. It was beautiful.

Oh and can I just say that I hate Maura? She is a deceitful, spiteful, vindictive, manipulative, self-involved, cold-hearted bitch. So there.

All in all I rate this book a 4,5 out of 5. It is a beautiful book about teenage struggling with themselves and their sexuality.

Coincidentally, the quote that hit me the most was not from the actual book but from the acknowledgements of all places.

“We acknowledge that being the person God made you cannot separate you from God’s love.”

While you’re still here, please head over to my previous post and help me decide which book to read next okay? Thank you!

Book Review: Looking for Alaska

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.


(WARNING: This review contains spoilers)

Miles Halter is a regular boy. He lives in Florida with his parents, goes to public school and is obsessed with the last words of famous people. He’s a bit of a geek and he doesn’t have a lot of friends. His life is ordinary and boring and Miles believes that there has to be more to the world than this. He wants to seek what poet François Rabelais called ‘the Great Perhaps’. So, he decides to leave public school and attend the boarding school, Culver Creak, where his father used to study.

At Culver Creek he meets the Colonel, his new roommate, whose real name is Chip Martin. The Colonel promptly renames Miles as ‘Pudge’ because he is so skinny. The Colonel comes from a poor single parent family and attends Culver Creek by way of scholarship. Because of this, he hates the preppy rich kids who attend the school. The Colonel and Pudge hit it off straight away and the Colonel introduces him to his other friends, a Japanese boy called Takumi and a girl with the name of Alaska. It doesn’t take long for Pudge to fall head of heels in love with Alaska, who has a boyfriend and doesn’t plan on cheating.

In the first couple of months that Pudge spends at Culver Creek he gets acquainted with the way of life that the Colonel, Alaska and Takumi hold dear. It involves smoking, which Pudge didn’t do before, drinking and playing a lot of pranks on the weekday-warriors (the rich kids who only stay at school during the week and go home to their air-conditioned mansions).  As Pudge spends more time with Alaska, it becomes clear that she isn’t a typical teenager. She gets unexplainable moody out of the blue, she’s impulsive and manipulative and she seems to be sad in a way that goes to the bone.

Y’all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die


What you must understand about me is that I am a deeply unhappy person

The book is divided between ‘before’ and ‘after’. Before, Pudge lives his new semi-normal life by studying a lot, playing pranks, smoking and drinking Strawberry Hill with Alaska. After, nothing will ever be the same. Even though she’s not coming back, Pudge and the Colonel keep looking for Alaska.

Alaska was obsessed with the question posed by Simon Bolivar: “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?”.  She lived and died by her answer: Straight and Fast.


When I first started reading this book, it took me a while to really get into it. I thought that, going by the blurb, that it was going to be a love story between Pudge and Alaska but it turned out to be so much more than that. When I did really get into the story, I lost myself in it. I didn’t think ‘God, I love John Green’ the whole time as I was reading like I did with an Abundance of Katherines. I really lost myself in the story, I forgot everything around me, and that is (one of) the criteria for a really great book. So, it started out a bit slow but definitely went straight up from there.

There are so many interesting things about this book and there are so many things that people’s opinions differ on. A lot of these centre around Alaska and whether or not she is likeable. I read some reviews that said she was childish or annoying but I don’t agree. If you know a bit about John Green, and definitely if you have seen the Crash Course video on The Great Gatsby, you know that he strongly believes that some characters were meant to be disliked and I think that is what he was doing with Alaska. You’re supposed to love her, but you’re also supposed to dislike her. She is this exuberant, beautiful girl who makes Pudge’s life an adventure, but she’s also kind of a bitch and she’s also kind of selfish sometimes. She’s not supposed to be all good. However, I don’t think she’s childish. I think that Alaska needed help and friends who were able to look past the ‘jokes’ and see her for how she really was: broken. But, I don’t think you can expect that from a teenage boy. I, myself, didn’t care much for Alaska but mostly because I didn’t perceive her as happy, beautiful, slightly crazy teenager; I recognized her self-destructive behaviour. I had a pretty accurate idea of the ‘event’ a while before it happened. Mostly I pitied her.

(Very spoilery part!)

What I liked about this book is that there is no certainty about the way she died. After finishing this book I read some Q&As with John Green who says that even he doesn’t know what happened that night in the Blue Citrus. I, however, do have a theory. We know that she was incredibly, shouldn’t-be-able-to-walk drunk and that she was devastated about forgetting the anniversary of her mom’s death. We also know from a previous scene in the book that she feels extremely guilty about what happened to her mom and that she feels like she always screws up everything. So, I think that she did commit suicide, albeit unconsciously. Pudge and the Colonel look up signs of suicidal behaviour and they didn’t recognize a lot of those signs in Alaska. I think that’s because she didn’t plan it. She was unhappy and severely depressed but she wasn’t planning suicide. I think, however, that when she got in her car that night, as drunk as she was, telling herself how she has again ruined everything, that when she saw the truck and the police car she saw it as a way out. I could clearly imagine her thinking ‘the world would be so much better if I wasn’t here’ and while thinking that, driving straight into the car. Maybe she didn’t do it consciously and maybe she didn’t plan it but I do believe that it was suicide.

(End of very spoilery part)

There has been a lot of controversy about this book in regards to the sexual scenes that occur. A lot of people say that a scene where a BJ is given was totally unnecessary. This scene has even caused the book to be banned from school libraries in Tennessee (but it could be Alabama.. somewhere in the south). I understand that schools could object to this book if they didn’t look further than just those scenes. After all, the book does contain a lot of under-age drinking, smoking and sexual acts. For the record: I am opposed to book banning in general and to this book in particular. I think it’s great that this book is being taught in the US. However, in regards to the sexual scenes, Green explains later on that both scenes were necessary to illustrate the awkwardness of the sexual act in one scene and then the intimacy of something as innocent as kissing in the next. He was trying to make clear that sex doesn’t mean closeness or even intimacy, you need more for that.

I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase.

I was very impressed with this book. I didn’t expect it to be this good as I didn’t enjoy reading An Abundance of Katherines as much as I thought I would have but it turns out that this book is (nearly) at the top of my John Green’s books list. The Fault in Our Stars is still at the top. I have to say, it is a hell of a book to make your debut with, John. You have my congratulations.

This book really  moved me. I have to admit, there were tears at some points while reading and I think I was still reeling from it about 30 minutes after I finished reading. It really has given me food for thought about life and about our own labyrinth. At the end of the book, one of the teachers gives the students the following assignment for their final essay: “How will you – you personally – ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?” This was Alaska’s question and now the students have to answer it. I want to answer it, too and I will. But not right now as this review is already becoming kind of long.

In conclusion: a very moving and yet funny book about finding the great perhaps and developing your own identity. I enjoyed reading it very much and it made me think about some important stuff. Also, getting to know all these last words of famous people was very entertaining and informative. I liked that a lot. I also enjoyed finally being able to get all the vlogbrothers ‘looking for Alaska’ references. I do implore you all to read it and let me know what you think happened to Alaska. Did you like her? Do you like Pudge and the Colonel? What do you think of the labyrinth of suffering? What is the Great Perhaps?

Rating: 4/5

My favourite looking for Alaska quotes:

“So we gave up. I’d finally had enough of chasing after a ghost who did not want to be discovered. We’d failed, maybe, but some mysteries aren’t meant to be solved.”

“…if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.”

“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia” (originally said by John’s wife, Sara)

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”

“Thomas Edison’s last words were ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”