The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Publisher: Electric Monkey
'Every day I am someone else. I am myself—I know I am myself—but I am also someone else.'
Every day, A wakes up in a different body. They could be male or female, gay or straight, alone or surrounded by family and friends - but they are always 16 years old, A's own age. It's been this way for as long as A can remember, growing up experiencing only fleeting snatches of other people's lives. Over the years, A has established a set of boundaries to live by: don't get attached, keep a low profile, don't interfere, remember that the next day, you're going to move on.
But all that changes the day that A wakes up in the body of Justin, meets Justin's girlfriend Rhiannon, and falls in love. After one perfect day together, A embarks on a journey to stay in Rhiannon's life and tell her the truth. Moving through a multitude of different bodies - from a cheerleader to a metalhead to a homeschooler and many more - A pushes the old rules aside, determined to do whatever it takes to stay with Rhiannon, regardless of the consequences. But how can their relationship ever work when there's only ever one day at a time?
This extraordinary novel from David Levithan defies easy description. Raising a host of fascinating and important questions about identity, difference, the boundaries of gender and sexuality, and our responsibility to those around us, this is a hugely thought-provoking take on teen romance. Readable and engaging as well as complex and clever, this is a wise and wonderful young adult novel that will keep readers engrossed right up until its beautifully poignant conclusion.