Every day by David Levithan

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Text, 2012. ISBN 9781921922954.
(Age: 15+) Recommended. Named only as A, every day is a different life in a different body. Sometimes A wakes up in the body of a boy and sometimes in the body of a girl, but always A applies the guidelines: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. But then A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon and discovers that he wants to be with her every day.
This is a challenging book that is very difficult to classify and to describe. I had it on my shelf for a very long time, but when it starting coming up on best lists for 2012, I knew that I would have to read it and I am so glad that I did. Levithan has delved into what love is by using A's experiences in different bodies. He explores love that is casual and complacent in how Justin treats Rhiannon; he looks at a very caring, accepting love between two young women and ultimately we see how A looks at love and what A does to make sure that Rhiannon is happy.
After the initial period of getting used to the fact that A goes from one body to another - and it is never explained how or why - I found that A's voice was so authentic that I felt that I knew and really liked and respected the character that A maintained even while in different bodies. It is never clear if A is a boy or a girl, but is just a caring, thoughtful individual who is trying to take the best possible course in a terrible predicament.
The ideas in this book will be challenging for many as Levithan looks at love, sexuality and relationships of all kinds, but ultimately it made me examine the selflessness of real love, no matter where it is found. It is a book that is sure to promote much discussion.
Pat Pledger