I know I said I don’t usually read a lot of YA books, but here I am again, reading yet another great YA book by David Levithan. I’ve always been known as being a bit imaginative. I used to think about becoming someone else, when I had a bad day. I would really get into the details and wonder how it would all work. How could you take over someone else’s body, but not remember anything about that person’s life. I mean, if you didn’t recognize your own Mom one day, wouldn’t you be committed to the psych ward? But, wouldn’t you have access to that person’s brain, if you were in their body? Well, apparently Levithan has also thought about these things.
A wakes up in a different body every day. Able to access their memories, A struggles through a foreign life style, with a strange family and friends and a new school every day, trying to act “normal” to each persons standards. There are a few factors that help. A always wakes up in the body of someone the same age and never wakes up too far from the previous body, so A could never wake up in say China, a completely different culture and language, though that’s not to say the family will speak English, here in North America. A has pretty much got it all down to a science.
A’s flow is interrupted when A develops a crush on a girl. A has never muddled in people’s lives before, but all of a sudden, A is breaking the schedules of the bodies he inhabits to find and meet up with this girl. A also tells the secret to the same girl. It doesn’t take long before someone finds out about the “possession” as he calls it.
The story line is interesting and introduces some interesting topics. For example, A is neither male or female and develops crushes on both boys and girls. A has some very strong morals about leaving others lives uninterrupted. The character is strong, though leads a depressing life when you think about it. Never developing friendships or having a family or being able to pursue ones own dreams. Even after A tells his secret, A realizes that the two can never have a future together. The one nagging question I had, was how did A come into existence? Seeing as that A was 16, a baby must have been born. A doesn’t seem to know this and has no recollection of anything that would give an answer, but it was something that was on my mind while I was reading this.
Overall, I thought this book was interesting and imaginative. I enjoyed reading it and gobbled it up pretty fast. I think the book relates well to teens and a lot of the things teens go through, such as relationships and crushes. I would definitely recommend this book to young adult readers.