Mar 27, 2013

Every Day

Every day, "A" wakes up in the body of another teenager.  Never in the same body twice, "A" lives each day as someone else, filing through memories to pass with friends and family, never forming attachments or making wild decisions that will ruin lives.  Then "A" falls in love with Rhiannon and that lifestyle changes.  He finds himself doing whatever possible to get to "A," ultimately causing Nathan, one of his "stolen identities," so to speak, to catch on to the situation.  "A" has to make the choice either to go back to his detached way of life, or continue to disrupt countless lives for his first taste of his own happiness.

I did like the juxtaposition of "A" chasing an unrealistic dream alongside Nathan chasing the answers to his conundrum.  Nathan can't let go of the idea that a demon is targeting and possessing helpless souls just like "A" can't let go of his need to chase Rhiannon and keep her in his life.  However, my major gripe with this David Levithan novel was that it didn't establish it's purpose clear enough until late in the book. The awkwardly placed interjections about "A's" reactions to Rhiannon not being okay with being physical with a girl led me to believe that this book would be about LGBT rights. The book's premise would have made for an interesting exploration of these issues. It ended up though, being about not holding onto and obsessing over things that are unattainable. There's a difference between chasing dreams and chasing outcomes that hurt you and others. As a result, the repeated inclusions of A's faulting Rhiannon for her aversion felt forced.

All in all, I thought it was a quick, interesting novel that would make a great recommendation for a teen looking for more of a dramatic, insightful read.

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