In David Levithan’s YA novel, the protagonist is a “soul” who wakes up in a new, but same-aged body every morning – the only life “A.” has ever known. At the age of 16, A. falls in love, gets reckless, and tries to transcend the “rules” of existence.
*A. has no consistent gender, race, or size. Some called A. “he,” some “she,” and some “they.” It was a tantalizing illustration of gender fluidity.
*About A’s constant body-switching, many said “how heartbreaking to never stay.” Someone said, “for some, it’s heartbreaking to never leave.”
*It occurred to me this morning, as I dragged myself, exhausted, around the dog loop, that I kind of wake up in a different body from day to day.
*Don’t we all wish at some point that someone we love could live in our body for a day, to see how it feels?
Great book group choice!
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 101: 151 words, TOTAL = 16,875; 43,125 remaining
Robin Clifford Wood is a writer and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband and dogs, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her grown children and their multi-species families.