Reading David Levithan’s novel Everyday immerses me into a surreal dimension and yet impresses me with emotions as real as the emotions I feel while living everyday. Although the book is a love story, it still presents us a caricaturish psyche that we all struggle to get through. Deep inside us dwells a particular soul, desiring to become someone else. Or at least, the self contains sundry “selves” who strive to change despite being too attached to its very being. And when that very being is shaken, things begin to get complicated. Complex. And our only choice is to let go. Never get too attached. Do not interfere.
This is not a review of Levithan’s novel. Yes, I am halfway done reading the book and I must say, I’m hooked. Ever since I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (which is also one of my favorite young adult authors by the way), my fascination for plots told from a guy’s point of view (or predominantly narrated with emphasis on male’s own struggles and issues) has given new hope (and I’m not even exaggerating). So far, I enjoy reading these titles because it’s so meta, meaning going beyond the usual theme and transcends one’s notion of love and life in all its complexities, to new heights. Hurray for post modern literature!
When Ayah lent me Everyday, I noticed something conspicuous as I turned the pages of the book. Some lines were highlighted. Indeed, the owner as engrossed as I was…well, am, have both found gems of truth and relevance from the lines, and thus, while thinking of what to blog about tonight, I have decided to share these quotable quotes from the book, And without further ado, here are the lines which I (I mean we) found striking.
1. After a while, you have to be at peace with the fact that you simply are.
2. We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.
3. It’s one thing to fall in love. It’s another to feel someone else falling in love with you, and to feel a responsibility toward that love.
4. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.
5. Kindness connects to who you are, while niceness connects to how you want to be seen.
6. People take love’s continuity for granted, just as they take their body’s continuity for granted. They don’t realize that the best thing about love is its regular presence.
7. The sound of words as they’re said is always different from the sound they make when they’re heard, because the speaker hears some of the sound from the inside.
8. You shouldn’t have to venture deep down in order to get to love.
9. I am learning that a life isn’t real unless someone else knows its reality.
10. Falling in love with someone doesn’t mean you know any better how they feel. It only means you know how you feel.
11. Part of growing up is making sure your sense of reality isn’t entirely grounded in your own mind.
12.But the thing about a cry for help is that someone else needs to be around to hear it.
13. If other people see you differently, you’ll end up seeing them differently, too.
14. It was so much easier when I didn’t want anything. Not getting what you want can make you cruel.
15. This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible, And when it’s just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be.
So, what’s your favorite line from the book? Honestly, I can so relate to the last paragraph. That is soo true. Not because I’m a writer, but because, once in my life, the story became real. So the story pretty much sums up my own plight. Though I don’t wish to live in someone else’s body everyday, but I guess, the book simply tells us that, yeah, love is a powerful thing. We don’t know when it happens, but as soon as it strikes, we just have to give in. And we must love that person whoever she or he is while there is still time.