author : david levithan
pages : [hardcover] 322
memorable quote :
I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.
I wake up.
Immediately, I have to figure out who I am. It’s not just the body – opening my eyes and discovering whether the skin on my arm is light or dark, whether my hair is long or short, whether I’m fat or thin, boy or girl, scarred or smooth. The body is the easiest thing to adjust to, if you’re used to waking up in a new one each morning. It’s the life, the context of the body, that can be hard to grasp.
Every day I am someone else. I am myself – I know I am myself – but I am also someone else.
It has always been like this.
original rating, december 2012 : 5 stars
december 2017 rating : 3 stars
I remember the love that I had for this book. I remember being unable to put it down, until to get this remarkable concept out of my head.
I have fallen out of love with this book.
I still love the premise. The concept is the driving force of this book and David Levithan does a fantastic job with it. The diversity presented within this book is astounding.
It just isn’t a very good love story.
I realize that it needs to be insta-love; A only spends one day in each body so in order for them to form a connection with anyone it needs to be a little instantaneous. But it was also slightly . . . weird. As in, A kept pressuring the love interest to be with them and kiss them and all when she’d repeatedly said she has no interest in them and has a boyfriend.
It made things jarring and less fun and less . . . good.
I still think everyone should give this book a try, if only for the intriguing concept and the diversity spread throughout. It’s worthwhile. It’s just no longer a favorite, and I’m not sure I’ll ever read it again.