Official Stuff –
Author – David Levithan
Pages – 324
Publisher – Knopf
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
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.
My Rating – 5 Stars
This book was beautiful! The kind of heart-wrenching beautiful that requires you to process and recover before you can start another book.
A is an entity, neither boy nor girl, no specific race. He (it? For the sake of making things easier, we’ll stick to “he”) wakes up every day in a different body. A doesn’t know why but one day he will be a gay boy celebrating his one year anniversary with his boyfriend and then next he’ll be a teenage girl who is contemplating suicide. He never travels into a body that is a different age than him, 16. The person is left with vague memories of the day A was in their body. A can access the person’s memories so he can make it through the day without interrupting the person’s life too much. If he even attempts to stay in one body, he is actually ripped from the person he inhabits. The experience is quiet painful. No one else knows about A. He thinks he is the only one.
Until one day (what would we do without “until one days” in novels.) A wakes up in Justin’s body. Typical teenage boy, A just wants to get through the day but at school he meets Rhiannon, Justin’s girlfriend. She is a little lost. A can see Justin doesn’t treat her as well as he should. A takes her out for a special day that is not typical of Justin and A begins to fall in love with Rhiannon. When A leaves Justin’s body he can’t stop thinking about Rhiannon and he begins disrupting other people’s lives to spend time with her. This of course causes a problem when he has to leave a body suddenly, stranded in a car on the side of the road. This body, a boy named Nathan, barely recalls the day and then he calls public attention to it.
The book takes you through each body A travels to and what he does to get to Rhiannon. There are snippets of little insightful messages as A experiences lives of gay people, drug addicts, transgendered, and people of all walks of life. It’s amazing how detailed all these lives are, each person has a personality and a family and a past. High five to Mr. Levithan for his attention to detail.
The ending is a bit open, no real conclusion and it’s not very hopeful. So if that’s not your thing, I totally understand but if you love stories that make your heart twist a little bit, then definitely read this book! (Plus Levithan once co-wrote a book with John Green. That should entice you to at least try it!)