Every Day

David Levithan's (Will Grayson, Will Grayson) unusual love story will make teens think about how the core of the soul never changes.

A 16-year-old named A, neither male nor female, of undetermined race and ethnicity, wakes up every day in a new body. Each midnight, A's essence enters someone else. A's motto is essentially, "Don't disrupt the life you're living in." The narrator attempts to access the person's memories to try to behave as the host body would in any given situation. A has woken up as Hugo on Gay Pride Day, and as Ashton Ashley, with a face and figure that resemble Beyoncé's. Even a seemingly ordinary person is not ordinary. So many details make a life meaningful: "Knowledge is the only thing I take with me when I go." But on the day A wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Rhiannon, Justin's girlfriend, A decides, "I want to be the one who lives up to her hopes, if only for the time I'm given."

A speaks of faith, love, dreams and death with a wisdom derived from thousands of lives visited over 16 years, and offers firsthand proof of how much humans share rather than what sets them apart. --Jennifer M. Brown, children's editor, Shelf Awareness

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