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Every Day: At Home Guide

Book Club meeting number 2 is here!! And if you can't make it in person, here's how you can enjoy from home.


A THOUGHT EXERCISE Both books we've read so far have been about living different lives, seeing things from a new perspective, and not judging other ways of life until you live them. As a way of getting to know our fellow Book Club members, we will be doing this thought exercise.


Many of the chapters in Every Day started off with waking up, noticing A's surroundings, and learning about the person's life from there. Read the prompt below and write and continue to write about a day in this body if you yourself were A, and your current consciousness was inhabiting this new life.


  • It's early - 5AM. A dog barks somewhere below me in the house. The bed I'm in is stiff and so is my body. I open my eyes to find the floor littered with clothing and empty snack bags. Photographs line the walls and a shelf above the bed holds sports medals and trophies, although I can't see what sport they're for. I must have poor vision. I smell lavender, and roll over to see a fresh indent in the bed next to me. Pans rattling below me and the smell of bacon. I lift the comforter off my body and sit up on the edge of the bed to find I only have one leg.

Things to think about as you develop this person's story:

  • How would your consciousness feel waking up in a body and environment like this?

  • What is this person's background? What have they been through? Where are they from? Who is in their life?

  • What do you think a day in this person's life will be like?


Share your story with a friend or comment it on this post! You may be surprised how your story differs from the others.


WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE BOOK?

Here are some discussion questions for you to think about or talk about with your friends! If you'd like to participate in a more public discussion, we will also be posting some of these questions on our Instagram story on the night of the meeting.


  • What message do you think Levithan is trying to convey in this book? Do you think he succeeds?

  • Did you feel connected / sympathetic towards A?

  • Which body do you think is the most uncomfortable for A and why?

  • Of all the bodies that A inhabits, which is the most memorable or significant, and why?

  • Although A seems open minded about their sexuality, they were judgemental about certain bodies they inhabited. Why do you think this is?

  • If you were “A” would you have told Rhiannon about your life? Why or why not?

  • How did you feel about the way the author addressed sexuality and love throughout the book?

  • Were you satisfied with the ending?

  • Where do you think A ran to at the end of the book?

  • Did the book help to give you any new perspective on life?

  • Were there any chapters / bodies that seemed out of place, or not useful to the development of A’s character, or conveyed the wrong message to the reader?

  • Has there been a time in your life that you had to give up something/someone you love because you knew it was for the best?

  • What would you do if you were in A’s shoes when it comes to being offered a permanent body? How tempted would you be to accept the offer?

  • How does A’s perception of themself change throughout the book?

  • Aside from the literal meaning of the title (that every day A’s life is different), do you think the author is trying to convey another message about “every day” of our lives?

  • Do you think it was realistic that A was so level headed and stable?

  • What kind of psychological damage would it do a child to never know the same people for two days in a row?

  • In exactly what ways would this person be twisted and miserable?

  • What skills would s/he have been unable to learn?

MAKE A COCKTAIL!


There was not much food and drink in this book, so we had to work hard to come up with some fun theme food and drinks. See the recipe below to learn how to make our cocktail Harold and The Purple Crayon, in honor of Rhiannon's favorite book, using our Elysian Fields Lavender Gin.


INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 oz Elysian Fields Lavender Gin

1/2 oz lemon juice

1/4 oz simple syrup

Champagne


DIRECTIONS

In a shaker, combine all ingredients except the champagne. Shake with ice until chilled. Pour into a champagne flute and top with champagne. Garnish with a sprig of lavender.




AND MAKE A SNACK!


Rhiannon's Vegetarian Picnic is inspired by the picnic she shared with A while they were in Ashley Aston's body. "We go to the park and navigate ourselves away from the other weekenders. Rhiannon finds us a secluded picnic area and surprises me by taking a feast from the trunk. I watch as she picks everything out of the picnic hamper. Cheeses. French bread. Hummus. Olives. Salads. Chips. Salsa."


So go for it! Create a picnic basket for yourself including Rhiannon's favorite snacks and head outside to enjoy!


FROM BOOK TO SCREEN


Did you know that Every Day was turned into a film in 2018? At our meeting we'll be doing an outdoor screening of it! The movie is available on Apple TV and Google Play. After watching, let us know what you thought.

  • Did the film do the book justice?

  • Were there any portions of the movie that were inaccurate or embellished? Do you think that helped the story or hurt it?

  • Did you enjoy the book or the film more?