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 is beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time. As much as it has a lot of REAL CONTENT, it’s a love story first.
Don’t take the book too literally. Don’t question its likelihood. Just feel it.
A goes through a lot of identities. He takes “living in someone else’s shoes” quite literally. But A’s attraction to Rhiannon goes beyond all that, and it’s incredible to read about.
Levithan shows each personality so realistically. He covers a bunch of Big Topics, from depression, to suicidal tendencies, to grief, to LGBT struggles (or well-adjusted lives — in other words, all kinds of love), to weight issues, to the superficiality of beauty, to poisonous thoughts. A is a good person or a bad person, but never himself. That’s what makes this book tragic.
It was pretty interesting to see A’s priorities shift throughout the book (a brilliant move on Levithan’s part). A went from starting his day by evaluating himself, to instead calculating his distance from Rhiannon. During those chapters, he forgot to respect the body he visited, and instead went for whatever he wanted. Those chapters were sad.
One chapter was particularly poignant, where A (as a biological female who identified as a male) questioned his girlfriend about whether she would love him, regardless of physical appearance. Their back-and-forth was so, so sweet.
I felt some parts were left hanging. Like, is Nathan satisfied, really? What about the whole Reverend thing? And the problem with inhabiting one day of a person’s life means that a lot is left unknown. What happened to Kelsea? What happened to Justin?
The very ending was too open-ended for my taste. But the chapter right before it was perfect. It was beautiful and hopeful. Rhiannon has so much ahead of her, and all A wanted was her happiness. I would love to see what happened between them.
- Reincarnation – Suzanne Weyn
- “Gimmicky” (but interesting) premises
- My Name is Memory – Ann Brashares
- Pivot Point – Kasie West (Butterfly effect!)