Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
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.
With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate listeners as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.
©2012 David Levithan (P)2012 Listening Library
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
The concept of this story is interesting, unusual, and very well-played out by author David Levithan. Not just anyone could write such a compelling story where we are able to connect with the main character even though he /she? is a person who doesn't even have their own body and own life. Perhaps that was part of the author's purpose. Without any of the external trappings, the merit of the protagonist rested solely on "her" spirit and personality/character. I found the main character endearing and likeable, and the world of this story was one I was glad to spend my time in. All the supporting characters were interesting to meet. The story builds up to an impressive gesture of generosity and self-sacrifice by the main character...this was a development and twist that I definitely hadn't expected. Though I was conflicted about this ending...only because it left some things undone and in limbo..with so much more that could be told. That's not to say that it wasn't very-well played out (and well-written throughout)...it just seemed to leave some things unresolved. People may want to know that this story is largely built on stream-of-conciousness and internal dialogue with our main character, interspersed with actual external events, dialogue, and the supporting characters. So, if you are more the "action" type, definitely sample this and try an excerpt to see if it's for you. Though I highly recommend it just the same! I found the narration did very much fit the story, and seemed right-on for the age and the main character.
Surprisingly heart warming
I am not an avid YA reader and was not aware this was one. When I first herard the main character was 16, I almost made the mistake of turning it off. Thank goodness I didn't! David Levithan has the wonderful ability to keep the story flowing so it was no surprise that I had to listen to it in one sitting. Alex Mckenna did a wonderful job in bringing the characters to life.
Say something about yourself!
NO. 1; the narrator sounds like she has gargled with gravel. I had a very hard time "listening".
NO. 2; the only people portrayed as having it together are gay. The remainder of the cast is messed up. This book seems tailored to a younger audience, but I think the message is somewhat slanted.
NO. 3; what happened to the "original" body you left?
This book wasn't quite as difficult to follow as "The Time Travelers Wife" because he doesn't go back and forth through time. He just wakes up in a new body everyday.
If I had a youngster I would not want them to read this book while they are at an impressionable age. Or at least I would have a conversation about how these people are portrayed.
This is a book MEANT for a book club. It will inspire all sorts of conversation and perspectives, different at all ages. But make sure to stop and discuss at intervals throughout the book! There is TOO much GOOD stuff to remember it all at the end! I want to read it again to try and remember...
I liked the story. Very original but I still had a lot of questions at the end. There we also some slow parts throughout the middle, but overall a good read.
Excellent book with an excellent narrator. Would recommend to anyone. David Levithan is amazing. Stands alone perfectly, but I still can't wait to read the sequel.
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
Despite the fact that this book can make the reader (listener) a little confused, it brings a very interesting and unique perspective about love. Nowadays people don't really worry about loving someone for what they are, but for what they have. It is very easy to fall in love with the way one looks, but very hard to fall for what they truly are inside, and this book kind of forces us to reflect on that aspect of love, and also love without gender. Just love.
Another interesting thing to consider about the story is: would we be able to give up our own happiness so that others could be happy?
I truly liked this book, but if you are into happy endings or normal and convenient stuff, you might not appreciate this book.
I found the premise of this book to be fascinating, although maybe a little too unbelievable. I'd love to ask David what it was like to create a character with almost none of the basic character attributes. No gender. No race. No body. No name. No family. No real history. I can't imagine how he wrote the blurb for this book, let alone the whole thing!
However, I loved how this premise worked for the story. It's perfect for a YA novel. Imagine trying to figure out who you are at 16, when you are literally no one. I think teens would be both terrified and excited about the idea of waking up as someone new every day.
Although I loved the thematic elements that the premise explored, and thought it allowed for lots of fascinating turns (like waking up in the body of an addict), I did have to suspend belief quite a bit. As a big fan of science fiction and fantasy, I am happy to suspend belief. However, I think David should have explained a little more here. Like, why does he/she almost always wake up within driving distance of Rochelle? He/she seems pretty lucky that the families he enters always speak English!
In any case, it's a fun and thoughtful read. Highly recommend.
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