N is for Narrator

Hello, and welcome to Blogging A to Z 2017! Thanks for stopping by. Fellow A to Z-ers, please make sure to leave a link to your blog in the comments.

My theme this month is 26 of the Best Characters in Fiction.

IMG_8380In Every Day, by David Levithan, the narrator is an unnamed person without an identity. The narrator has always inhabited different bodies from day to day, sometimes female, sometimes male, but always the age that the narrator would be.

The narrator knows they’re different, and does their best to fit into the life of the person who’s body they inhabit day to day. All that changes when the narrator falls in love with a girl. Suddenly, being in any body isn’t good enough. The narrator does everything they can to be close to this girl.

What makes the narrator interesting, other than the story, is that the narrator asks good questions about identity and the nature of love. The girl feels that she might be able to love him when he’s in an attractive male body, but when the narrator is in a female body, or an unattractive male body, the girl is not interested.

While this wasn’t the best YA book I’ve ever read as far as enjoyability, I loved the premise and thought the narrator was an amazing character. For creativity, it topped the charts.

I like books that ask questions, even if they don’t answer them. Obviously this one did its job since I’m still thinking about it.

Have you read this one? What do you think of the idea of a narrator without identity?

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4 comments on “N is for Narrator

  1. Toni says:

    “the narrator asks good questions about identity and the nature of love”…the crux of most good stories.

  2. messymimi says:

    It’s an intriguing idea, especially if you have to inhabit someone else’s body every day. What is your own identity, really, at that point?

  3. I agree it sounds like a very creative twist, one I’ve not seen before. No, I haven’t read the book.
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

  4. Libertas says:

    Oh wow, what a fascinating premise. Of course, a YA girl isn’t going to be able to see beyond the surface. What makes her worthy? Hmmm.

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