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Every Day by David Levithan
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May 30, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: arc, netgalley
Recommended to Cathy by: NetGalley
Read in May, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Downloaded NetGalley version and liked premise & authors admittance that " I have no idea where the story came from" :)

Sixteen year old A wakes up each day in the body of a different person. A's not sure why it happens, has lived with it long enough to understand it's only for a day, it's best to be asleep when the change happens (usually close to midnight) and for the most part: to leave the life of the individual being inhabited untouched.

Until, in the body of Justin, he meets Justin's girlfriend Rhiannon. Levithan has a way with writing about longing, in the next handful of bodies A keeps recounting the day at the beach with Rhiannon and soon A starts breaking the rules: A wakes and calculates the how far away Rhiannon is in terms of hours. In bodies of others, A revisits Rhiannon. Lives are interfered with until A ultimately decides to tell Rhiannon the truth and the two have to decide if it's at all possible to have a relationship (spoiler alert: the answer is no).

Poignant and written in a way to have readers carefully consider the ways they live their lives and how they treat others. Perhaps the only downfall is—Levithan operates on the premise that the woman's point of view is always a faulty one (see if you agree).

For a stronger, less lovey-dovey version of body travel, and one that's completely adult, consider reading Harlan Ellison's novella Mephisto in Onyx:

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