"Every Day" by David Levithan, Day 6001-Day 6007

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. dote
    shower with love; show excessive affection for
    The kissing stops, and the doting begins.
  2. smitten
    marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness
    Sam is rather smitten, and he surrounds Margaret with the sweet quicksand of his love.
  3. revulsion
    intense aversion
    When I pictured this conversation in my head, I could imagine it going in two ways: revelation or revulsion.
  4. skeptical
    marked by or given to doubt
    She’s skeptical. “But couldn’t you just tell someone else to come here?”
  5. ensue
    take place or happen afterward or as a result
    A wrestling match ensues.
  6. loom
    hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
    I have to loom large over a freshman for about two minutes before he freaks out enough to give me his space.
  7. hector
    be bossy towards
    Mrs. French, the bio teacher, is hectoring a kid who hasn’t done his homework.
  8. brutish
    resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility
    It’s crowded, and I have to look brutish in order to keep the other chair at my table unoccupied.
  9. elude
    escape, either physically or mentally
    I try to picture it. I try to grab hold of those details. But they’ve already eluded me.
  10. quizzically
    in a questioning manner
    I see, over Rhiannon’s shoulder, a woman looking at us quizzically.
  11. ploy
    a maneuver in a game or conversation
    They thought it was a monster under the bed, or a ploy to get a few more bedtime stories. I could never really explain, not in a way that made sense to them.
  12. convey
    make known; pass on, of information
    I don’t know how to convey to her that it hasn’t all been sad.
  13. blankly
    without expression
    I look at him blankly.
  14. oblivion
    total forgetfulness
    I am looking for the traces of that oblivion, the bafflement of that waking.
  15. falsetto
    a male singing voice with artificially high tones
    He looks at me like I’ve just sung the question to him in falsetto.
  16. duplicity
    the act of deceiving or acting in bad faith
    I don’t think, though, that such duplicity would be anything but obvious on him.
  17. paradoxical
    seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true
    Paradoxically, I wish I were still in James’s body, so I could see exactly what his memories of yesterday are.
  18. concoct
    From where I sit, it appears that he recalls the places he was, but has somehow concocted an alternate version of events, one that fits closer to his life.
  19. evangelical
    of a Christian church believing in personal conversion
    Word is spreading. Mostly from evangelical Christian sites, which have bought Nathan’s devil claims wholesale.
  20. compulsion
    an irrational need to perform trivial or repetitive actions
    Eventually, though, I realized these inclinations, these compulsions, were as much a part of the body as its eye color or its voice.
  21. intangible
    incapable of being perceived by the senses, especially touch
    Yes, the feelings themselves were intangible, amorphous, but the cause of the feelings was a matter of chemistry, biology.
  22. amorphous
    having no definite form or distinct shape
    Yes, the feelings themselves were intangible, amorphous, but the cause of the feelings was a matter of chemistry, biology.
  23. distortion
    the mistake of misrepresenting the facts
    I try to remain calm, but the body conspires against that, tries to drown me in distortion.
  24. exude
    make apparent by one's mood or behavior
    Even when we’re moving, he doesn’t stop exuding impatience.
  25. emanate
    proceed or issue forth, as from a source
    But I let her talk, let her voice counter the unspoken, insistent ones that emanate from my broken mind.
  26. musing
    a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
    It’s not a journal in the traditional sense. That becomes apparent after a page or two. There are no musings about boys or girls.
  27. methodical
    characterized by orderliness
    All of them methodically researched. Examples given.
  28. demise
    the time when something ends
    Self-portraits of her own demise.
  29. glean
    gather, as of natural products
    I turn on her computer and everything I need to know is there in her history—the sites where these plans come from, where this information can be gleaned.
  30. precipice
    a very steep cliff
    It’s one thing to acknowledge it theoretically, and quite another thing to have a thin, shaky girl standing on the other side of the precipice.
  31. transcend
    go beyond the scope or limits of
    I am not kissing her because I want to, and I am not kissing her because I need to—I am kissing her for a reason that transcends want and need, that feels elemental to our existence, a molecular component on which our universe will be built.
  32. legion
    amounting to a large indefinite number
    The articles and posts in the comments sections are legion—all from people who see the devil’s work in everything.
  33. alias
    a name that has been assumed temporarily
    And once again I think about how people use the devil as an alias for the things they fear.
  34. philosophical
    relating to the investigation of existence and knowledge
    Philosophically, I am with him.
  35. regimen
    a systematic plan for therapy
    I’m sure there’s a complete morning regimen that I’m supposed to undergo before heading into the day.
  36. defer
    yield to another's wish or opinion
    Even her brother defers to her in a way I bet he wouldn’t if she were normal-looking.
  37. purgatory
    a temporary condition of torment or suffering
    “Because I have this theory that when we die, every animal that we’ve eaten has a chance at eating us back. So if you’re a carnivore and you add up all the animals you’ve eaten—well, that’s a long time in purgatory, being chewed.”
  38. sentient
    endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness
    “No. I’m just sick of the question. I mean, I’m vegetarian because I think it’s wrong to eat other sentient creatures. And it sucks for the environment.”
  39. vegan
    a person who does not eat any animal products
    I once made a vegan really, really sick at a McDonald’s.
  40. malevolent
    wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
    She learns the reason I now have to access information about allergies before eating anything (after having been nearly killed by a strawberry when I was nine), and I learn the origin of her fear of bunny rabbits (a particularly malevolent creature named Swizzle that liked to escape its cage and sleep on people’s faces).
  41. breach
    an opening, especially a gap in a dike or fortification
    So when Justin starts asking the obvious questions—how do Rhiannon and I know each other, and how come he hasn’t heard about me before—I have to jump into the breach.
  42. fabrication
    the deliberate act of deviating from the truth
    For Rhiannon, fabrication is a ruminative act, whereas lying is a part of my necessary nature.
  43. ruminate
    reflect deeply on a subject
    For Rhiannon, fabrication is a ruminative act, whereas lying is a part of my necessary nature.
  44. brazen
    unrestrained by convention or propriety
    I’m brazen, but careful with my brazenness.
  45. irredeemable
    not capable of or subject to reform or remedy
    This is my chance to get him to do something irredeemable, get her to see who he truly is.

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