By David Levithan
The main character in this book is not like most characters. The name of this character is A, and they are not a boy or a girl, not even a human. A is a being that switches bodies every day. A inhabits a different persons body each day, and is able to access their memories and knowledge, but not their feelings. A lives as his own person, but controls different bodies when he wakes up in them. He gets through his days acting like the person he is in and living their life for a day. This is an extremely hard life to live because he has no one in his life who he can depend on because no one knows who he is. He travels from different people each day, but no one knows that he is controlling them for the day, and he can never have a normal life. He can never have a house or friends or family because when he wakes up, he's a new person. Many people would be very upset if they were in this position, but he has gotten over the confusion and just accepted it. He has very good character because with the kind of power he has being in his position, he could ruin or mess with many peoples lives but he doesn't, he's conscientious about peoples lives. He goes out of his way to keep peoples lives in line so nothing bad will result of his being in their body. He is a very strong character for believing so strongly that he needs to keep peoples lives safe, and strong for dealing so well with this strange life he has.
He faces many conflicts on how to feel about the way he lives, and with his relationships with the people he meets. He tried to keep his contact with people limited so he wouldn't be sad at the end of the day because he knew he would be leaving them in the morning. That was until he met one girl named Rhiannon. She was different, so he had a lot of conflict on how to have a friendship with her, because every day he was someone else.
Two literary elements that were used in this book that helped the plot of the story were characterization and conflict.
Characterization was an important part of the book because it helped you relate more to the book as you were reading it. The author made the main character relatable, even though his situation is something we could never relate to. He had the same feelings as we do, especially his want for people in his life who cared about him, he didn't like being lonely. The bodies he inhabited were also very relatable because each person he stayed in had a story that could be like our own or like people we know. This advanced the plot because it drew you in more when you understood all the feelings and emotions happening in the story.
Conflict was also a helpful literary element that helped the plot advance. The main character experienced a lot of conflicts that were also relatable, like the characterization. The main character experienced conflicts with love and with loneliness which is what a lot of people face too. This not only drew you in, but made the story much more interesting and made this book a page turner. The conflict is what made the story interesting because you were waiting for a resolution.