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.
I’m really drawn to Levithan’s writing due to the fact that his stories are so fresh and original. It boggles my mind to think how he comes up with such amazing, untraditional plotlines, and this is such a beautiful novel that it left me in Levithan withdrawal as soon as I turned the last page.
A is unique. S/he resides in a different body every day, and if barely being able to process all the thoughts and feelings of his/her new body each day isn’t hard enough, A also has to live with the thoughts and feelings of all the past lives s/he has lived as well. I can’t even begin to imagine how hard such a life would be, and yet Levithan takes the reader there, showing us in depth images of how others view life. He takes the reader across all spectrums: male, female, wealthy, poor, beautiful, unattractive, popular, reclusive, content, suicidal… and these glimpses into these lives have such long lasting effects on both A and the reader that I feel it’s impossible not to feel connected to this book in some way, shape, or form. I mean, honestly, I found that this was a very powerful read, and I was stuck like Rhiannon—can we love someone destined to change every day? It’s just so mind boggling, and I loved every minute of this, especially the fact that, though there is a solid conclusion, the door is open for a sequel (and I’m really hoping that Levithan is planning one!).
I thought A’s life was really cool, especially as everything began to unravel and A began to learn s/he wasn’t necessarily alone. The idea of tracking emails, religious uprisings/cults and all the mystery surrounding A’s dilemma of switching bodies daily was really intriguing, but even more so was the idea of A not knowing love and relationships like Levithan’s readers do. Hearing how A yearned for those connections that I, as the reader, take for granted seeing as I wake up as the same person every day, was really eye opening, and I loved being able to understand his/her feelings while at the same time wondering how s/he could live a life so devoid of lasting contact. It just amazes me.
Random House Children’s Books has been extremely gracious is allowing me to read and ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on August 28, 2012.