"Every Day" by David Levithan, Day 5994-Day 6000

Every day, A wakes up in a different body—but what happens when A falls in love? Author David Levithan explores the nature of identity in this thought-provoking novel.

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Here is a link to our lists for Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green.

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  1. periphery
    the outside boundary or surface of something
    As I take Justin’s books out of his locker, I can feel someone hovering on the periphery.
  2. tentative
    hesitant or lacking confidence; unsettled in mind or opinion
    I turn, and the girl standing there is transparent in her emotions— tentative and expectant, nervous and adoring.
  3. profound
    of the greatest intensity; complete
    She stays in the same spot, anchored by the profound, desperate loneliness of a bad relationship.
  4. inconsequential
    lacking worth or importance
    That giddy rush of keeping up with one another, of zooming through the school, reducing everything that’s not us into an inconsequential blur.
  5. ephemeral
    lasting a very short time
    I have wandered for so long without any sense of purpose, and now this ephemeral purpose has been given to me—it feels like it has been given to me.
  6. ebb
    flow back or recede
    Suddenly we are touching the sacred part—running to the shoreline, feeling the first cold burst of water on our ankles, reaching into the tide to catch at shells before they ebb away from our fingers.
  7. turret
    a small tower extending above a building
    I see echoes of this detail now as she makes turrets bloom from her cupped hands.
  8. fleeting
    lasting for a markedly brief time
    Happiness is so rarely a part of my vocabulary, because for me it’s so fleeting.
  9. euphoric
    characterized by a feeling of well-being or elation
    And as we drift into sleep, I feel something I’ve never felt before. A closeness that isn’t merely physical. A connection that defies the fact that we’ve only just met. A sensation that can only come from the most euphoric of feelings: belonging.
  10. enormity
    vastness of size or extent
    How can such a small measure of time contain such enormity?
  11. deja vu
    the experience of thinking a new situation already occurred
    I suddenly realize why people believe in déjà vu, why people believe they’ve lived past lives, because there is no way the years I’ve spent on this earth could possibly encapsulate what I’m feeling.
  12. encapsulate
    put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume
    I suddenly realize why people believe in déjà vu, why people believe they’ve lived past lives, because there is no way the years I’ve spent on this earth could possibly encapsulate what I’m feeling.
  13. conscientious
    characterized by extreme care and great effort
    I should be doing Justin’s homework—I’m always pretty conscientious about that kind of thing, if I’m able to do it—but my mind keeps drifting to Rhiannon.
  14. naive
    lacking information or instruction
    At first I was naive, and assumed that brothers and sisters were natural allies, instant companions.
  15. berate
    censure severely or angrily
    When I was eight, an older sister told me we were going to run away together—then abandoned the “together” part when we got to the train station, leaving me to wander there for hours, too scared to ask for help—scared that she would find out and berate me for ending our game.
  16. articulate
    express or state clearly
    Although I am not articulating it to myself in so many words, I am feeling jealous that Carrie can have Corey while I can never have Rhiannon.
  17. chastise
    censure severely
    Ridiculous, I chastise myself.
  18. hearten
    give encouragement to
    It’s almost heartening to think that the attachment you have can define your perception as much as any other influence.
  19. acquiescence
    acceptance without protest
    When I don’t argue, he takes it as acquiescence.
  20. inquisitor
    a questioner who is excessively harsh
    He’s the lead inquisitor in this family.
  21. intone
    speak carefully, as with rising and falling pitch
    “You always take his side,” my father intones.
  22. prod
    urge on; cause to act
    “Josh Wolf says the drugs in his jacket were sold to him by your brother,” my father prods.
  23. skulk
    move stealthily
    I wait until the three of them return to Owen’s room to tear it apart again, then skulk out the back door.
  24. amiable
    diffusing warmth and friendliness
    Now that our father can see a way of saving face, he’s almost amiable.
  25. perverse
    marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict
    I think, perversely, that Rhiannon would want me to.
  26. contrite
    feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
    Shocked, and maybe a little contrite, Owen mumbles his assent.
  27. assent
    agreement with a statement or proposal to do something
    Shocked, and maybe a little contrite, Owen mumbles his assent.
  28. equestrian
    a person skilled in riding horses
    But I’ve also woken up in the body of an ice hockey player, a fencer, an equestrian, and once, recently, a gymnast.
  29. conjure
    summon into action or bring into existence
    I only remember a handful of people, and in order to do that, I have to hold tight, because the only repetition available—the only way I am going to see them again—is if I conjure them in my mind.
  30. mundane
    found in the ordinary course of events
    I try to hold on to as few mundane, everyday memories as possible.
  31. theorem
    a proposition deducible from basic postulates
    As the teacher reduces us to theorems, I must remain silent.
  32. bravado
    a swaggering show of courage
    His eyes are full of scattershot anger, his posture one of defensive bravado.
  33. render
    cause to become
    I must have rendered him unrecognizable.
  34. conjugate
    add inflections showing person, number, gender, or tense
    But instead I watch as she conjugates verbs.
  35. decrepit
    worn and broken down by hard use
    There is a decrepit bookshelf, and on it is a selection of old paperbacks.
  36. hone
    refine or make more perfect or effective
    The body has obliterated its memories in order to hone its argument.
  37. glutton
    a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess
    I have been in the bodies of starvers and purgers, gluttons and addicts.
  38. parameter
    any factor defining a system and determining its performance
    Normally, I would take these as parameters.
  39. oblivious
    lacking conscious awareness of
    I think I would have continued along, oblivious, if I hadn’t happened to meet her.
  40. deadpan
    deliberately impassive in manner
    “How about you?” I ask. “Seeing anyone?”
    “Yeah,” she says. Then, deadpan, “For over a year.”
  41. complement
    something added to embellish or make perfect
    I have to give myself over entirely to her—I must be her shadow, her complement, the other half of this conversation of bodies.
  42. contentious
    involving or likely to cause controversy
    It’s only in the finer points that it gets complicated and contentious, the inability to realize that no matter what our religion or gender or race or geographic background, we all have about 98 percent in common with each other.
  43. inherent
    existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
    Race is different purely as a social construction, not as an inherent difference.
  44. overbearing
    having or showing arrogant superiority to
    That seems safe enough to me. Clever, but not self-congratulatorially so. Sincere, but not overbearing. It’s only a few lines, but I reread it at least a dozen times before I hit send.
  45. camaraderie
    the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability
    We work in quiet camaraderie until the task is done, and sleep calls.

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