Author: David Levithan
Title: Every Day
Publication Info: [New York] : Listening Library, 2012.
This novel is told from the perspective of a person – or perhaps just a consciousness – named A who awakes each morning occupying the body of a different person. Over the years, A has come up with practices and ethics to not interfere in the lives of the bodies occupied, but this all changes at the age of 16 when A becomes obsessed with a girl named Rhiannon. A reveals the secret identity to Rhiannon and tries to find some way to maintain a relationship. Along the way we get sympathetic vignettes glimpsing into the lives of several teenagers each facing their own joys and struggles. Levithan’s writing is well-done and the story works both as ripping good yarn and as metaphor for the teenagers’ search for identity.
Recommended books: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and Fade by Robert Cormier.