Every Day

If you follow Random House Kids on Twitter, you may have noticed the unusual hashtag “Aforaday” yesterday. To ring in 2013, A—the protagonist of David Levithan’s Every Day—took over @RandomHouseKids to offer his ruminations on the start life anew. Each hour, A posted his thoughts on new beginnings, a concept he’s very familiar with. If you missed any of the Tweets, check out the essay in full after the jump.

“New Year’s has always seemed arbitrary to me. When your life can change in a day, why put such weight on the turn of a year? As a kid, I would try to stay up late, but my body would betray me into sleep. Tenth grade was the first time I was away from the house, in the crowded confines of a party. Unmoored from parents, we were left to our own inexpert devices. By ten o’clock, the host and her boyfriend were in the midst of a beer-bolstered break-up. I snuck out of the party and found a solitary walk was a better place to think about the year. We count down from the number 10, imposing our love of zeros on the day that worships 12 and 24. Last year, I was a girl who had kept her list of resolutions up on the wall above her desk. She’d managed a marathon and straight A’s, but a kiss before midnight had proven more elusive. We say that time is running out, but we are the ones who impose the deadlines. Time ignores us. On New Year’s Eve, like any day, time does its own thing. I went to another party, and found a boy she knew would be willing, would have the same want. Sometime around 11, we kissed. It felt like something being checked off a list. I resolved never to kiss anyone that way again. We do not make resolutions. We are made of resolutions. Tangled, garbled, well-intended. We say this year will be different. But we should think of this day, this hour, this minute. They all can be different. It is up to us.”

What do you think of this promotion? And what literary characters would you like to see take to Twitter next?

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