Evidently, I've been living under a very large rock as I've only just read David Levithan's newest book, EVERY DAY and... and... I'm absolutely smitten.
And my mind boggles how to tell you why without *ruining* it.
Enough friends and close folks who know me/my tastes had recommended it and so I dutifully snagged a copy and read the blurb, which goes like this:
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
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.
If you're anything like me, that's enough to make your brain go ~squish~.
I read this book cover-to-cover within 2 days, only putting it down due to exhaustion--much like A must have felt when holding on to the "one day" as it passed. Every single "ism" you can think of was addressed in this book (diversity-lovers go wild here!) and, as if that's not enough, we experience love, jealousy, selfishness, sacrifice, paranoia, despair, and a generosity that exceeds anything I expected and left me thinking the crucial question, "What would *I* do in this unbelievable situation?" Our empathy extends to nearly every character in the book, wondering what life would be like through their eyes because--in a way unique to this book and difficult to describe without bizarre spoilery details--we have seen it through their eyes, through the additional eyes of a stranger. It's layers of voyeurism that become all-too-obvious as you read and then realize that we, as readers, are the observers that A is describing as personal experience. The feeling leaps off the page and envelops you.
So aside from the brilliant characters, unique premise, love story plot and almost sinister reveals, this books would be one of my top recommendations for the prose alone; sentences that ring out as so true and resonant, it's amazing that I'd never seen these words used this way before. This book is utterly marvelous and I can't wait to share it so I can talk about more!
Highly highly recommended. Go read!