Thursday, August 30, 2012

Every Day A New Body

Every Day
Author David Levithan
Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. 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. With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.
Review: There is no doubt that the same voice who brought us Nick and Norah also birthed A and Rhiannon. There is definitely some type-casting occurring, but if you like this style of characterization, you'll be fine with the recycled traits. The main characters resemble the former in tone and style, accept this time there is body jumping. Now get your mind out of the gutter, not the hot and heavy teen slang body jumping - but the literal hopping in and out of a body every day. The concept grew on me as the book went along and by the end it earned another star because I liked the message. However, where the story slacked was in the area of Nathan and the Reverend.  Nathan's interaction with A was flushed out a bit more, but I was disappointed that further attention wasn't given to the involvement of the Reverend.  There was a chance to enhance the climatic elements and develop the story and mystery, but it was shoved aside to allow for repetitive mooning and swooning at the coffee shop. All in all, a good read, but I was slightly miffed that some opportunities to make it great were missed. 
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*ARC provided by Knopf Books for Young Readers courtesy of Amazon Vine

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