01 July 2012

Every Day; David Levithan

Every DayEvery Day by David Levithan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such an interesting concept: a disembodied being who spends each day in a different body: male/female, fat/thin, studious/athletic, ecstatic/depressed, in love/hating the world, gay/straight/transgendered/bi, rich/poor and many other aspects of normal human experience need to be "accessed" before A can start the day in the human host. Unlike other "possession" stories, there's no indication of why A's life is this way, what A actually is and when (if) A can ever be like the rest of us. In other stories, there are lessons learned and insights gained, but not here - A just moves from body to body to body, each day different, trying not to leave too much of an impact on the other person's life.

Then one day A is in Justin's body and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. Suddenly, A is breaking all the self-imposed rules: rather than Justin's sullenness, he's nice to Rhiannon, skipping out to go to the beach for the afternoon. Then A decides to stay in contact with Rhiannon... then confesses who/what he/she is. How can they have a real relationship when one day A is a hot girl and the next an obese boy and the next a jock? A also leaves an impression of his/her presence on Nathan, which opens a whole other set of problems.

In a less-skilled author's hands this could be a mess, but as it is this story leaves the reader aching for both Rhiannon and A and their relationship, and angry about what happens with Nathan. By the end, there are no tidy ends, only some loose ones, which is so refreshing.

ARC provided by publisher.

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