A friend recently recommended a book to me with an intriguing premise: Every Day by David Levithan. And it was every bit as intriguing as I hoped–and then some!
Our narrator, A, wakes up in a different body every day. And it’s not that their body is changing–they’re entering a different person’s body every day, though always someone their own age, sixteen. They’re still themselves, but they have control, can access their host’s memories, and generally try to live that person’s life for that day. A has always been this way, and never known anything different. There are drawbacks, but they do okay–until they fall in love, and want to have their own life.
Weird, right? But SO interesting! I listened to this on audiobook, and pretty much played it every spare minute I could until I got to the end. I was just totally hooked to find out how A/the author would navigate the next complication to arise, and to see what life A would be visiting the next day.
This was also a very nicely done love story. I am usually not a fan of instalove romances (they’re a pet peeve, in fact) but this was one of the rare ones that really made it work. When A meets Rhiannon (while occupying the body of her boyfriend Justin), A is pretty immediately smitten. But it was such a nice blend of physical attraction, really seeing who she is as a person, and sharing a very meaningful, magical afternoon together, that it worked for me.