by David Levithan
Published by: Ember
Form: Purchased Paperback
Big Themes: Humanity, Trust, Love, Reincarnation
Every day, A wakes up in a new body. He has no choice as to what body he wakes up in. A’s life has no consistency. Each day is new faces. A new situation. Until A falls in love, and struggles to cling to the possibility that this body-hopping life may have a purpose.
Review in a Nutshell:
A totally unique concept. This book really makes you think about what it means to be human and the idea of a human soul. What makes us who we are? I loved the idea of a person being recognizable no matter what body they are in. The idea that a soul can transcend your physical body.
You really feel for the character A and all that he/she has to go through on a daily basis. You yearned for A to have some stability and normalcy. With each day being an entirely different situation, I definitely found this book to be a page-turner and quick read.
The book is guilty of using some stereotypes in terms of the characters that A body-hops into. That didn’t bother me as I was reading, but I read it in some reviews afterwards. I thought the author did an excellent job of exploring many different personas, and frequently created sympathy for those personas through A’s voice and observations.
Four shining stars. This book was a fascinating look at humanity and what it means to be human. Unique and worth reading. Recommended for ages 14 and up for mild drug/sex references.