This is a very cleverly written book. In fact, I'm pretty impressed with the concept and how Levithan carried it to a somewhat logical conclusion, with a few surprises thrown in. I have to say that it took me a good 1/3 of the book to really get into it. But once I was hooked, I had a hard time putting it down. There were chills, tears, audible exclamations, and some very good writing. Here are a couple of descriptions that I thought were particularly visual:
"Austen likes to hold my hand and swing it like we're walking down the yellow brick road."
"She is not someone you'd go out of your way to notice if you saw her on the street, but you'd definitely notice her if she was sitting next to you in class."
Good, huh? And you will definitely enjoy reading about all of the different bodies he ends up in: druggies, alcoholics, bodybuilders, athletes, boys, girls, gays, lesbians, meek, boisterous - well, you get the picture. It's definitely worth reading, be ye a young adult or (yours truly) a not-so-young adult.
PERSONAL NOTE (Did you actually think you would get away without some personal stuff in the review?): At one point, A says: "The story, it seems, is going wide." Joni and I were power walking through the downtown streets of Los Gatos quite a few years ago. We came to a spot where workers were fixing a sidewalk. There was a narrow opening, so I said to Joni "Going wide." Which I did, right into a freshly cemented section near the curb. The next thing I know, I am up in the air, landing half on the sidewalk and half in the street. I was absolutely covered in wet cement. It had to be the funniest thing anybody has ever seen. I wish I had a video of it. I wasn't hurt at all and couldn't stop laughing for hours. I'm only sorry that my friends weren't there to witness it.