Release Date: August 8th, 2012
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Recommended For: Readers who enjoyed Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, or If I Stay by Gayle Forman
SynopsisIn his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a "wise, wildly unique" love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life.
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
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, bestselling co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers 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. -GoodReads
If love had different faces, would you love them just as much?
"Even if your eyebrows were orange and you had a mole covering your entire cheek and a nose that poked me in the eye every time I kissed you. Even if you weighed seven hundred pounds and had hair the size of a Doberman under your arms. Even then, I would love you. ""Likewise," I tell her. It's so easy to say, because it never has to be true. -Page 302
In A's world, nothing ever remains the same the morning after. This compelling situation is Levithan's perfect lead into scary questions of true love and morality. As you flip the pages, you are grappled with ideas of what constitutes the boundaries of love-can you fall in love with someone who weighs seven hundred pounds? Who's a girl? Who's a guy? Who's pretty as Beyonce? Who's a jerk?
If I had to tell the truth, I would say that I liked it. But I couldn't say that I loved it. The plot and the story were all right there. The writing was beautiful. The ending was bittersweet. But the topics that this book addressed were just skimming the top of the water. Yes, there were struggles. There were fights. There were tears, and drama. But by the end of the book, I still couldn't find the angle or the message that the author was trying to get across, and that made the book feel incomplete as you turned the last page. I also couldn't exactly fall in love with A and Rhiannon's romance. It all seemed to happen too fast, too soon.
Otherwise, this was a quick and beautiful read. A's story brings up harrowing subjects that a lot of readers will identify with, and love. Most of it was simply the right word in the right place. Inspirational, light. Something for everyone.