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.
After going to the David Levithan event, I decided that I’d start reading one of his books so at least I had some inkling of an idea of what was going on. What first really caught my attention was how well written it was. The writing was very solid, being descriptive but not to the point of being flowery. From the first word, Levithan pulls you into this world of A, a person who inhabits the bodies of others for a single day.
This isn’t a book I’d ordinarily pick up, but I’m so mad that I didn’t before this. It’s such a unique idea, having one character being another person just for a day, for every day of his life. As we get to know A, we get to read more about his experiences, his struggles of there, but not actually there. The only thing that really belongs to him is his name, his identity and his memories and experiences he has gathered over the years of being in a different person’s body every day.
There are so many issues prevalent today that Levithan explores in his book and does so in a very respectful, yet insightful way. There’s mental illness, LGBTQ+ rights, alcoholism, body image and others. It was really interesting to be in their minds, from the perspective of someone who does not actually suffer from mental illness (or struggle with the afore mentioned issues) instead of just witnessing it from the point of view of an outsider or the person themselves. I found this a really interesting way to explore these issues, and I’m glad that I did get to read about them in this book.
A romance is also a feature of this story – it’s a love at first sight, but it’s much more complicated than that. There’s the problem of Rhiannon not knowing who he is, and the fact that every day, he is someone else. It was quite interesting to read how this all unfolded, because you never knew what was going to happen next. The element of unpredictability was something that was prevalent; if not the only thing that kept driving the story forwards.
My only comment is that I thought the ending was a little bit sudden – it was building, and building to the climax, but then I think what happens after that just did so too quickly. I did like how open-ended the ending was; it leaves room for personal interpretation for what might happen to them. If there’s anything to take away from this book, it would be what David Levithan wrote in my copy of the book when he was signing it – to live every day in wonder.
I really recommend you read this book! Even if the plot doesn’t sound like it’s for you, I guarantee that there’s something for everyone. If anything, I recommend reading this purely for the writing – it’s incredibly well written, and I have nothing to criticise about the writing.