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 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.
When the writing was plot-driven, it moved along in an engaging way. When it was social agenda-driven, it dulled to a preachy slog. Very important plot questions were left unanswered. Issues presented to the reader as both dangerous and important were left unresolved.
She expressed legitimate emotions and provided distinct voices for the various characters.
Perhaps for some. As social propaganda, it's well written. As a story, it leaves too much unresolved. Was this book just a lead-in to a series?
I read a review of this book in Entertainment Weekly and as an honest fan of "Quantum Leap" I was intrigued to pick it up, even with its young adult genre listing. Yes, this is a young adult book, make no mistake. The young characters seem to experience about every pitfall of high school over the course of the book, so prepare yourself. Even still, the idea of the character is very intriguing. The lives the main character falls into each have their story told equally which can lead to interesting tales and perspectives on young adult life. A bit preachy in parts, the messages are all positive. The ending is what really threw me. I won't spoil it here, but it was probably the only part of the book I didn't enjoy. The narrator is superb! Definitely worth a listen.
This was an interesting story. I didn't know what to expect when I started.
It was a story line I thought was original and interesting.
At first I wasn't sure about the narrator. Her voice comes across very whiny and young, which I get, it's a YA book. But it was kind of odd at the beginning. For a narrator that was supposed to be beyond gender it didn't feel that way, it felt like a girl. It would be interesting to hear it read again by a guy.
It's an interesting listen!
Woman, 33 years old, Attornay at Law, DK. In order for a book to be truly great, it must inspire, intreague and a keep me up till dawn.
The story is about a non-gender soul, travelling each day at midnight to a new body, taking over this persons life for a day. That - in it self - seems interesting enough BUT, it is a mess trying to keep up with all theese different gay and straight people all tangeld together, and adding to this, that the soul falls in love and keeps trying to be with this love of his/her life, with only moments of succes, is just downright depressing. If you are anything like me, suffering with your main characters all the way to the end of each book, you will need a great deal of strength and happy thoughts to get through it, and if you seek classic happy-ending books - you might might want to reconsider all together.
I liked this teen "Quantum Leap" story until ~4/5 of the way through, when it turned hateful. The premise of spending every day in a different body is cute (just don't expect your questions to be answered), and I was impressed by some of the progressive ideas about gender and identity, except when they became unbearably heavy-handed and preachy. Most of all, I appreciated the nuanced empathy the main character showed for all the different bodies he/she inhabited...that is, until A inhabited a body that was only treated with scorn. Being poor or mean or dumb or addicted was fine, but apparently Levithan finds obesity to be an irredeemable blight. I lost respect for the author and the book after that.
Taking a break from patronizing YA for a while...
Gravelly, squeaky, genderless
The most unpleasant scene is the shoddy treatment of Finn, the obese boy. It shouldn't be cut, just rewritten with a shred of the compassion Levithan shows to other characters. There are some plot twists that are neglected (presumably to pursue in another book), but I'd rather have had a more complete story in this book.
This story has many, many flaws, but it's mostly a pleasant, quick listen. Especially if you listen to it on 2x, like I did...
"Quantum Leap" meets your adult. Too long, too many jumps, too repetitive. Very unsatisfactory ending. Reader was good, but that's about it.
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