Number of Pages: 324
Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers
Release Date: August 28, 2012
“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.”
This book is unlike anything else I have ever read. Honestly, David Levithan has created something so unique that it is 324 pages of pure creative imagination. Not only does this idea make an entertaining story, but it also plants a seed of thought in your mind. It makes you think about your own life and forces you to ask: Am I living to my fullest potential? If A was to wake up in my body, would he/she approve or disapprove of the way I live? These are interesting and challenging questions to attempt to answer, and they have lingered in the back of my mind ever since I turned the last page and closed the back cover.
When I first started to read this novel, I’ll admit that I had my doubts. Where was this story going, and how was it possibly going to end in a satisfying way? But I should have known better than to doubt Mr. Levithan- he is a masterful writer who knows how to make you feel for the characters in the world he has created with his words. I found my heart aching for both A and Rhiannon. A was living a life in which having lasting and meaningful relationships was impossible. How was A able to survive so long on his/her own? I think I would go insane eventually without someone to confide in and talk to. But Rhiannon’s situation should not be forgotten, either. To know that you are the love of someone’s life and at the same time that it won’t work is awful.
The end of this story left quite a bit open for interpretation, but then again with a topic like this how could it not? It was both happy and sad at the same time, yet I was satisfied with it nonetheless.
Overall, this was a fantastic book, as is to be expected from a cowriter of the amazing Will Grayson, Will Grayson.
My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) :0) 5 out of 5 smileys.
Would I recommend it to a friend?: Yes!