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Every Day

Author: David Levithan

A has never known what it’s like to have a family or a steady place to live. Actually, he’s never known what it’s like to have a consistent body, gender, or location–and even the name “A” is something he gave himself. A exists as a soul alone, going from body to body, changing each night at midnight, with no control over whose body, whose family, whose life he will take over for the day. He’s mostly learned to accept this life, living in the moment and trying to disrupt the life of his host as little as possible, clinging to nothing much for himself, but observing everything. That is, until he met Rhiannon and found his world irreversibly changed in a single day.

What an incredible story! Wow. I found myself completely drawn into Every Day from the first page–actually from the back cover! The concept itself is fascinating–a soul, an individual, with no body, one that exists in the bodies of others, sees their lives, experiences the vast variety of human existence, yet never is able to confide or experience intimacy personally. Levithan takes this concept and blows the doors off the possibilities it holds, providing a deep commentary on a plethora of aspects of humanity that are challenging to deal with. I love the perspective that he provides through the eyes of A. Plus, I just like A–he’s a smart, nice guy–a one-in-a-million guy really. Which makes the struggles he goes through even more poignant. The romance developed between A and Rhiannon is something beautiful also–I love the idea of falling in love with an individual, a soul. The ending is sad in my mind, but in a way that works well with the story (and just proves what a great person A is). I definitely would highly recommend Every Day, although I warn that it’s a challenging read, particularly for those with set thoughts on above mentioned challenging aspects of humanity.

Note: I know I’m referring to A as a guy–because there’s no good way to refer to a genderless individual in English–but A really has no specified gender and appears in both male and female bodies with equal aplomb. It works incredibly well in this story, particularly with the first-person narration.

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Lonely Wolf, Lonely Sheep

Mangaka: Fuuka Mizutani

Just what is the probability of encountering someone with the same name, born a day apart from you, in the same hospital to be treated for the same type of injury? Next to nothing, right? So when small, cutesy Imari Kakimoto and tall, tomboyish Imari Kakimoto find themselves in just that situation, well, it must be fate is what they think. (Their taste for daily horoscopes and such probably doesn’t help diminish that idea.) Over time, these two lonely girls come to accept each other, including all their issues and imperfections. Perhaps, just being together will be enough for them to overcome these challenges.

Lonely Wolf, Lonely Sheep is the first story I’ve ever read in the shoujo-ai genre, and I’m really not into that sort of story personally, Still, it was cute and had a mature josei feel that was refreshing after all the shoujo manga I’ve been reading recently. The art is pleasant–visually appealing, yet down-to-earth somehow. Cute. The characters are also nicely done–sweet people, but ones with personality problems as well. As for the story, because it’s just one volume of manga, you really only get the highlights of their relationship. It works, but I would have enjoyed seeing more daily-life detail, like in the omake at the end. Still, if you have a taste for shoujo ai, Lonely Wolf, Lonely Sheep is a cute, slightly mature story that’s enjoyable to read.

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