Given the plot, you may think of this as science fiction but it’s more than that. It’s a vehicle, obviously. A story telling device for a complex situation with complex feelings. The plot is simple, falling in love with a personality. That’s all A is, a consciousness with no control over which body they will inhabit next. Gender is fluid in this tale of young love. Almost like a modern day Romeo and Juliet because it’s a love that can never be.
The author has a passionate understanding of youth and human beings. Never once did I doubt the existence of A inhabiting another’s body. Levithan balances the supernatural aspect of it because his focus is human emotions and craving ‘normal’. Normal is other people: be interesting, be special. That is certainly the lesson A teaches to Rhiannon, although she may not know it. A beautiful book.