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Every Day, Pyrite Redux

In early December, Sarah reviewed David Levithan’s Every Day.

At the time, Sarah said, “It’s ambitious storytelling; Levithan is balancing a lot of factors (many characters; a story about first love; a story about, well, a body snatcher who has no physical form) and the elements come together gracefully.”

She also pointed out some issues of pacing and lack of characterization in the laundry list of hosts A occupies.

In our local Mock Printz, this was was pretty thoroughly torn apart — the consensus was that it felt more like a book based in a message than is really ideal for an award-winner, and the message sometimes trumped development, making this fall right to the bottom of the pile.

Now that we’ve been thinking about it for a while and hopefully most folks have read the full Pyrite* shortlist, does Every Day still rate? Do you agree that message trumps tale, or does the original and thought-provoking premise make this into a serious finalist?

 

 

*The Pyrite Printz, or Pyrite, is the Someday My Printz Will Come mock Printz deliberation, and should not in any way be confused with YALSA’s Michael L. Printz Award, often referred to here as the RealPrintz or Printz. Our predictions, conversations, and speculation about potential RealPrintz contenders and winners reflect only our own best guesses and are not affiliated with YALSA or the RealPrintz committee. You probably figured that out on your own, but we like to make it clear!

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Comments

  1. Karyn Silverman says:

    Really? No one has anything to say? Almost 35 people voted it onto the shortlist — doesn’t anyone want to take a stab at arguing that this still deserves a top 5 slot?

  2. I’m just going to plug my friend Kendall’s review of EVERY DAY, which I think is quite thoughtful.

  3. H. Munca says:

    I didn’t vote for it. I found it psychologically unbelievable. A crazy premise won’t bother me a bit, but the characters have to be believable, and A just wasn’t.

    That’s a very nice review, Elizabeth, and basically says the same thing, nicer.

  4. Lucas says:

    I probably can’t mount a proper defense of this book, but I will say that I would definitely consider it to be a finalist. It’s flawed in some small ways but, to me, its reach only occasionally exceeds its grasp, which is pretty remarkable given what all it’s reaching for. The narrative is consistently inventive, the voice really captures a universal sense of human longing for something/someone, and the author seems to dig very deep to uncover some uncommon and even unsettling truths. I understand and even agree with some of the criticisms of this book, but I think it’s one of the strongest titles of the year, regardless.

  5. Sarah says:

    I’ve just finished this one and have a host of mixed feelings that I’m still sorting through. My review will be up on my blog on Friday, but overall, I thought this was a book that asked thought-provoking questions in an unique way. However, I also saw some flaws, enough that I don’t consider this top of the pile material.

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