Genre: young adult
Young adult RBC 2014: A book with an epic love story
A wakes up in a different body every day – A doesn’t identify with any gender and has become used to his abnormal life. Boy or girl, fat or thin, homosexual or straight, athletic or academic, nasty or nice, A has experienced it all. For the purposes of this review, we’ll refer to A as a male. A closes his eyes at night and know that when morning comes, he will be in another body, ready for another day of pretending to be another stranger.
There’s never been a strong sense of attachment to a particular body – until Justin. Or rather, not Justin, but his girlfriend Rhiannon. In Justin’s body, A experiences a perfect day, all the time knowing that Justin won’t remember a thing and that Rhiannon will be crushed when her unsuspecting and normally reticent boyfriend won’t have any recollection of their day. Then A breaks all his rules and contacts Rhiannon again, from another body, explaining his story and continuing to meet her when he can in a new body until she understands. For A, this is what love feels like: finding someone with whom he’s willing to risk everything to tell his life story.
When A doesn’t manage to get one of the bodies he’s occupied back home in time for the stroke of midnight, he doesn’t realise how serious the repercussions will be. The surrogate body was from a deeply religious family, and they’re convinced that their son was possessed by the devil. Suddenly, the story that Satan is possessing teenagers around the country is making its way around the news circuits and A is receiving messages that he can’t ignore …