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Every Day by David Levithan October 14, 2012

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Every day he wakes up as a different person- male or female, short or tall, dark skin or light skin- every day is a new body, a new personality.  A does his best to make as few waves as he can in the host body’s life; he accesses just enough memories to keep things normal.  One day, however, he does make a change.  In 16-year-old Justin’s life, there is a girl, Rhiannon, that is irresistible.  A can tell right away that Justin doesn’t realize how special she is.  They leave school together and have a magical day at the beach.  For one day, life is wonderful.  Afterward, A continues to wake up as someone else each morning.  But each day he wakes up thinking of Rhiannon.  Will he do whatever it takes to see her, even if it means hurting those he inhabits?

I saw a review for this book in Entertainment Weekly and immediately requested it from the library.  It’s such an interesting concept.  What if every day you were someone new?  Would you be more empathetic if you, for one day, walked in someone else’s shoes?  There was a diverse range of “hosts”- males, females, gay, straight, fat, thin, nerd, jock.  It was a thought-provoking read that I would recommend to young adults and adults.

5 out of 5 stars

 

Delirium by Lauren Oliver October 13, 2012

Lena has been waiting a long time for the procedure.  She only has 95 days to go.  Ever since the government declared love a disease and scientists created a cure, the uncureds live in danger of infection.  Lena is particularly susceptible.  Her mother died of the disease.  Now Lena must be especially careful- don’t talk to uncured males, follow the rules of the Book of Shhh, prepare for her evaluation that will put her on course to be educated and matched with a spouse chosen by the government.  All is going to plan until the day of Lena’s evaluation.  Security at the facility is breached and Lena’s evaluation is interrupted.  For a brief moment, she sees a young man watching the chaos.  A man who will disrupt her plans for a perfect, safe life.

Yes, another dystopian fiction.  This time love is the enemy.  When one becomes an adult, a procedure takes away part of the brain and prevents love- the deliria.  According to the dystopian fiction formula, Lena is at first a firm believer in the rules, then changes her mind and begins to think for herself.  The book was good, but I enjoyed Matched more.

3 out of 5 stars

 

 
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