I have found a new favorite teen author: David Levithan. Ok, I knew about him already since he co-authored Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist with Rachel Cohn, BUT, Every Day blew me away.
The main character who is simply referred to as “A,” has no innate race and no innate religion. “A” has grown up without friends and without family. Every day “A” wakes up in a different body — male or female, any ethnicity, any socio-economic status, any size, but always 16-years-old and after inhabiting Justin’s body, always in love with Rhiannon.
Read it if you love “love,” and if you have a box of Kleenex handy. Now gender presumptions are going to be examined and challenged in this book, so if you are uncomfortable with same sex relationships, this book may make you uncomfortable. But, if you’re up for the challenge of questioning whether love truly conquers all — everything, any circumstance — then check it out.
– Cassie V., Children’s Services Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing