Every Day by David Levithan
Every day, A wakes up in a new body. And for that day, that one day, A steps into the shoes of someone else's life. But on this, A takes the body of a high school boy, and falls immediately and helplessly in love with his girlfriend, Rhiannon. All A wants is to be with Rhiannon, and for Rhiannon to know and love A back. But how can A find a way to stay in Rhiannon's life? Will Rhiannon even recognize A in a different body? And if she does, can she love A in the body of someone of a different race, religion or gender?
I picked up an ARC of this at BEA last May and determined immediately that the only acceptable course of action was to read it the entire book on my bus ride from NYC to DC. It's amazing what four hours and a good book can do for a person. I laughed. I cried. Oh David Levithan, how I adore thee. You cut right to the core. It gave me a lot to think about in terms of how I respond to people on the basis of their gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation and skin color and how society differentiates on the basis of these characteristics. This would be a great book for group discussion, as it raises so many questions about who we love, how we love and why, and what the world would be like if our physical form did not define us as persons. If I ran a book club with high school students, we would read this.
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