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A True Love Story In Every Sense of the Word,
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A is sixteen, but not the average sixteen year old. While A goes to school and has friends, A's issue is that every day, A wakes up in the body of a different person: A has been male, female, gay, straight, different races and religions. There is no known reason for why this happens. One day, A wakes up in the body of a boy named Justin; when he meets Justin's girlfriend Rhiannon, A falls in love. But how do you maintain a relationship with someone when you constantly change?
EDIT: This is the first novel I have read by author/editor David Levithan, and I was blown away by this story. Logic need not apply, not that it matters, since this book is so fascinating in its ideas. Mr. Levithan presents a character who is neither male or female, who just is, and is able to create a beautiful voice which brings the lives of different people together. A is flawed, but is so relatable, with an interesting tale to tell. Rhiannon, while equally flawed, was a character that could be empathized with. These two discover the different facets of love together. There is also an interesting subplot involving one of the persons A occupied. This was expertly woven into the book.
The narration is never preachy but there is a message about love and what it means to love and care for someone for who they are. The love story presented here is not obsessive or demeaning with the "I can treat you like garbage because I secretly 'love you'" vibe, which is an unfortunate trend in books for young adults. This is the type that builds you up. I can't thank Mr. Levithan enough for restoring my faith in the young adult love story genre.
Some readers might be turned off by the idea of this book. Some might find the jumping around from body to body disorienting (I did sometimes). However, this book is beautifully told and should not be missed. Highly recommended!