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
Although it's been a long time since I have been 16, I found the various bodies/characters and their circumstances to be very open (from the inside), vulnerable, and I connected with all of them.
The family dynamics and relationships are all messy, and even the gay relationship is not without glitches and hiccups, but so what? I don't read in order to discover ideal situations and perfect worlds. I can learn about all that from the surface "everything's OK" perspective of the real characters surrounding me, and from my own need to apply a positive spin to everything and everyone I encounter. Instead, I read, at least in part, to learn about how we deal with the imperfections and challenges that we're given as a condition for occupying the planet..
This very flexible protagonist seems to have adapted quite well and is open to dealing with new circumstances every day - most of us find that just one set of life situations is more than enough. Indeed, this character's daily shape-shifting becomes somewhat liberating on many levels.
The narrator's voice, though sounding slightly hoarse, did not interfere with my enjoyment of this story, which is the second I've read where reality's boundaries are explored and crossed. Suspending disbelief is the first requirement of the reader, and then one sees how it can all actually make sense. At times I did find myself comparing this novel to "Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend", another inventive plot premise, though in my opinion not as successfully executed.
There is no "original" body owned and occupied by the main character. He/she has been in this constantly morphing state throughout all his/her life.
Another really good read from audible, and I hated to see it end.
Daily Fresh Start
I would compare it to the show Quantum Leap.
No, but she was good.
Imagine living your entire life in one day, over and over again.
A must read!
I'm library student and book blogger. I love audiobooks as much as I love print... sometimes more. It's my format of choice. I just wish I had a little more time to listen.
It’s often hard to go from reading a book in print to listening to an audiobook. You already have a voice in your head or you have an idea of how the characters would say certain things. If the audiobook strays from that too much, the audiobook isn’t enjoyable. I’m happy to report that this was a seamless transition. I suppose the months between my first reading and this listen had a little bit to do with that. But Alex McKenna is pretty awesome. She has a great voice for A’s character. It’s not super girly, but it’s not exactly boyish either. It’s a bit husky for a female and it really works for A. There’s a good distinction between A’s voice and Rhiannon’s voice, so that’s good. A’s voice stays the same throughout the book. I always thought it would have been cool if they hired different people for every day, but I think this works better. The story is told in first person so it makes sense that A’s voice is consistently the one he hears in his head. McKenna demonstrated emotion, took cues from the text, and delivered the lines smoothly. It was a great audio experience. I recommend giving it a listen.
Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!
the amount of background work because in order to tell THIS story you need to think 40 other more stories, one for each day
how deep can you go on the subject of letting go... material, gender, love...
great performance specially on those heavy emotional moments
the love scenes made me miss so much being in love; those scenes are the bes written
I didn't quite like how it ended... almost like a bad movie that leaves an open door to a sequence; but I enjoyed it very much to condem it for that!
I truly enjoyed 'walking in the shoes' of all different kinds of personalities - in all walks of life. AND it had an unexpected plot twist!
A's ultimate gift to R was so loving that it brought tears to my eyes.
Because this book was so 'delicious', I enjoyed stretching this story out. I didn't want to 'gulp' it down in one sitting & have it be gone. It was a story to savor & think about.
I enjoyed the narrator as well. She had just the right kind of voice for this story.
This is my new favorite book. It was a beautifully creative story.
Just A little bibliophile!
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.
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.
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.
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