Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Every Day

Author: David Levithan
Rating: 5 Stars
Spoilers after summary
Book summary: 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.

A has no real name, gender or body. A's family and friends change every day. That's because every day A wakes up in a different body. For 24 hours A could be a sixteen-year-old boy or girl with different issues, habits and lifestyles. A's life has been like this for as long as they can remember. When A wakes up as Justin, a bland lazy teenager, he ends up falling for Justin's girlfriend.  Rhiannon is everything A wants even though the real Justin treats her like crap. A takes advantage of his one day with her to change that.

A comes clean about his secret to Rhiannon and freaks her out. However they keep meeting with A in a different body each day. But slowly, all of A's rules and outlooks start to change. For example, A wakes up in the body of a girl who is distant from her father and plans to kill herself. A and Rhiannon decide to alert her father by using a journal for evidence. Watching A and Rhiannon's relationship evolve was lovely. They grew to care each other even though A has a super weird situation going on.  Another  plot regards a body experience gone wrong, putting A's situation into the public spotlight with specialists coming out and implying they are more people like A. 

I've been a fan of Levithan's since Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Levithan proved his superb writing skills again but taking a narrative and writing it from several points of view without changing the main character themselves. I'm sure this has been done before with voice and character but Levithan pulled off A amazingly.  I wanted more on that and Levithan has since released a short story and there are rumors of a sequel although I wouldn't believe it until Levithan himself confirms it. 

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