Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Up and Coming: Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan

Every day A wakes up in a different body. It's been this way his entire life, he wakes up behind someone else's eyes. His host might be male, might be female, might be rich or poor, the only thing gauranteed is that they'll be the same age that A is currently. This means, right now he's only ending up in 16 year old bodies.

A is very careful about how he spends his days. He doesn't disrupt his host's routine if he can help it and he's careful not to hurt the body either. Just get through the day and on to the next one. Even though he's used to the way his life works, it's still a strange experience for him, and a lonely one at that. There's been no one consistent in his life, ever.

When he wakes up in the body of Justin, an average, moody teen, nothing seems out of the ordinary. But when he meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon there are sparks between the two of them that he knows are for HIM and not Justin. But how can you have a connection with someone when in 24 hours you'll be someone else? A has never had this problem before, but now he can't get away from the unfairness of it all. It seems the only thing that can make A break his own rules is love.

We're big fans of David Levithan here on TATAL, and there's good reason. Mr. Levithan is an author who never stops moving forward. This book is totally different from his others, but as usual the writing is so fine and the voice of his character is so clear and true that it's undeniably his. The hook on this book is imaginative to be sure, but it is handled in such a thoughtful and thought provoking way that it's been in my mind since I finished it. When you're reading you can't help but be filled with questions: How much of your personhood is tied up in your body? What would it be like to have a different skin every day? Could you be attracted to someone who would never look the same two days in a row?

Sci-fi is sometimes called "speculative" fiction and that title definitely fits here. Pick up Every Day and prepare to have A take over your mind long after you finish reading.

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