Parents' Guide to

Every Day

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Inventive teen romance blurs notions of gender, reality.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 14+

A very great story about respect and empathy!

VIOLENCE/HORROR: Although, there is no description of violence, this story includes “A” in a body of a teen girl who wants to commit suicide and is beyond depressed (she gets help though). Also, this includes sort-of an abusive relationship. SEX/NUDITY: This book does contain some sexual themes. A teen is described as “horny” and “A” is in a body of a “sexy” girl. In that plot, the “sexy” girl tries to seduce another teen boy. Lots of flirting, and a brief make-out scene where both partners take each other’s clothes off. Also includes mild kissing. LANGUAGE/PROFANITY: Insulting words such as: “a-s”, “hell”, “the devil possessed him”, “bi-ch”, “s-ut”, and “horny”. DRINKING/DRUGS: There is teen partying where a lot of teens get high and drunk. A boy suddenly becomes “crazy” and the blame is because he was high. It mentions he was tested for drugs. Smoking is infrequent, but still described. MESSAGE/EDUCATION: This story revolves around love, and how no matter what someone’s appearance/gender is, love is still love!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

Great book for Adults and Older teens

It is a great book, but it involves a lot of mature content such as sex, drugs, abuse, and the “Gender X” topic that should not be read until you are at an age that you can fully understand and make decisions about those things.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (25):

David Levithan's novels usually have some sort of hook, and this one is so clever. "A"'s nonphysical self is neutral of gender, sexual orientation, and race, and yet he/she embodies so many different American experiences. It's a fascinating premise, made believable by the strong, consistent voice Levithan gives his character and the book's realistic emotions and events.

Serious issues like teen drug and alcohol use, sexuality, and first love are all familiar young-adult fare, but they're addressed in such a novel way here that none of the heavy stuff seems the least bit tired or overwrought. This is a wonderful, original book that's equal parts fantasy and super-reality.

Book Details

  • Author: David Levithan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Topics: High School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: August 28, 2012
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: August 15, 2021

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