By David Levithan
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
This novel offers insight into the lives of modern day teenagers through the eyes of the main character, called A, who is portrayed as a peripatetic type of person who wakes up in the body of a different person, girl or boy. Using this style of narration, the reader is given access to the most private moments of peoples’ lives. The novel has a unique feel to it following an interesting plot. The twists and turns in the lives of various characters that the main character A lives, albeit, for a day and he experience of falling in love.
In spite of the above, I did find the novel to be rather slow moving at certain intervals, but very much worth the wait. The novel leads the reader through several emotionally packed moments and this more than makes up for the lack of suspense or physical actions. I found the story to be an emotional yet intellectual read that invoked many aspects of a teenage lifestyle. The novel deals with all the many issues of today’s teenage society such as diverse sexual orientations, and gender identifications, as well as different approaches to parenting. I found the novel to be a metaphoric description of today’s society, addressing a common question “How do we love in spite of all our differences?” A continuously faced this question throughout the novel; battling against the daily problems of the individual he was placed in. One day he would be skinny and then fat, Asian then black, male then female, and on and on.
I enjoyed learning about the main character and the challenging life he experienced. The idea of the novel was simply genius! I loved how the story was told day by day. Overall I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys an insightful read that inspires one to think about what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes.