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.”
Can you imagine waking up in a different body every day? The character named A can. He has been possessing a different body since the day he was born; although, he does not remember his earlier experiences as a baby.
A believes he first came aware of the different rooms, houses, siblings, and parents around the age of five. By the time he is eight, he realizes he is different from the other kids. As far as he knows, he is the only essence that moves from body to body.
A is 16-years-old now and has rules that help him and the new person cope with the one day change. He inhabits bodies that are the same age as him. His personality is different from everyone, but for the day he needs to at least resemble them in words and actions. And, at midnight, he will transfer to another body whether awake or not.
The person A inhabits will not be themselves, but A can access their memory for all the important details. When the book opens, A is in Justin’s body. A drives to school as Justin and goes through the motions of a regular day. Between 2nd and 3rd period, he notices a girl hovering around his locker.
Rhiannon is Justin’s girlfriend or not. They are prone to fight. A is thrown for a loop when he looks into her blue eyes. He sees sadness and a girl who tries too hard to make Justin happy. To make her smile, A promises he will do what she wants for the day knowing Justin would never.
Rhiannon wants to skip 3rd period and go to the beach. By the sunset, A is in love.
“Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.”
Young adults will love reading “Every Day” by David Levithan.