Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 28th, 2012)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, 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 he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.
I had no intentions of reading this book (it’s not exactly my type) until Kim was like “You should read this book”. So I did, and boy was a glad I did because loe and behold it was a fantastic read. I wasn`t sure what to except from this book, but the concept had left me curious as to how it would all play out. A, a sixteen year old (of undetermined gender), lives every day as someone new. A has gotten use to the “lifestyle” that is until one day he wakes up in Justin body and meets his girlfriend Rhiannon and suddenly he wants to be able to stay.
I thought it was going to be a love story, but it was more than that. Levithan writes each chapter as a single day in the life of whomever A is, a new teenager in a new setting and each day A tries to get back to Rhiannon. Oddly enough it wasn’t the love story that had me hooked but the different life we got to see each day: girl, boy, rich, poor, depressed, beautiful, fat, athletic, drug-addict, smart, gay, straight, Caucasian, African-american, Asian and any combination there-of. And suddenly the question becomes “can you still love me even if I’m the same person on the inside but everyday my face changes?”. I want to say “Yes, if you truly love someone for who they are, why can’t you love them no matter how they look”? But love isn’t that easy is it? That was the reason why I both liked and had disappointments with A and Rhiannon throughout the book.
Overall a beautiful story that is extremely intriguing and poignant, the ending really had me worked up (in a sad but good way). It’s well worth the read.
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