David Levithan has long been one of the most beloved — and prolific — authors in young adult literature. He's written countless books that are equal parts heart-wrenching and hopeful, relatable and fantastical. And the adaptations based on his books have so far been equally beloved, from 2008's Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist to 2015's Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List. So it's no surprise, then, that the anticipation is high for the upcoming film adaptation of Every Day, Levithan's 2012 novel. Angourie Rice, the actor portraying Rhiannon in the film, is just as excited to bring this story to the screen as fans are to watch it. Bustle's got the cover reveal for the film version of the book below.
"I actually read the book before I knew anything about the movie. I just picked it up at the library and finished reading it in about three days, I was so hooked," Angourie Rice tells Bustle. "In preparing to play Rhiannon, I did reread some parts of the novel. It’s great that so much of Rhiannon was already there in the novel, ready to be brought to life."
Every Day follows a mysterious spirit named A, who wakes up in a different body every single day. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, and has even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone they want to be with — day in, day out, day after day.
Check out the gorgeous cover for the film-tie in version below, and pick it up in bookstores on Jan. 23:
Of course, waking up in a different body every day is not a usually a defining characteristic of any contemporary cast. But there is a reason that Levithan's unconventional plot, and equally unconventional characters, have become so beloved by readers, and soon viewers, everywhere. And Angourie tapped into these relatable parts of the story to define her own performance.
"The fantastic thing about this film is that there’s something for everyone. It’s a love story, it’s a coming-of-age story, it’s a mother-daughter story and it’s a story about learning to live in the present," Rice says. "It deals with the big picture, but also personal connections. There are so many intricate and wonderful stories woven into one, I think everyone will find something they can relate to."
As for Angourie's approach to handling the high-stakes of embodying a character that so many are already attached to, and telling a story that so many are already emotionally invested in?
"Of course there’s always pressure, whether a film is based on a book or not," Rice says. "There are always certain expectations people have, and The reality is that you can’t please everyone, no matter how hard you try. I’ve tried to do my best work in the film, and all I can hope for is that people enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it."
Every Day is set to hit screens on Feb. 23, 2018, but you can grab the move tie-in version of the book on Jan. 23, 2018.