For most people,
March 29th is just another day.
For me, it’s the day I wake as someone new.
A different face and different hands,
a body that’s not my own.
And like every year, I’m only certain of three things.
It’s my seventeenth birthday.
I have no way of stopping this cycle.
And I’ll die again in 364 days.
This year, I’m Effy Garcia.
Something is different.
Something I can’t yet place.
Since the year 1909,
I have lived in 108 bodies and I have died 108 times.
Could this life be my last?
364 Days a Year
by Sarah Riad
This is a first read for me by Sarah and I didn’t even know of her writing until she contacted me via Instagram. After reading the synopsis for 364 Days a Year I was hooked and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. I was pulled in from the start and didn’t want to come up for air until I had devoured everything.
“Nobody knows what the true meaning of loneliness really is until you are forced to take your final breaths with no one telling you that you’re going to be okay, that you’ll be missed or that they love you.”
The whole premise of the book is so different and unique to anything I’ve ever read. The plot itself will take your breath away and leave you with a sense of wonder, compassion, and hope for a life well lived. It takes time to a whole new level and we see over and over how precious time is, especially when you know you don’t have a lot of it. The pace of this book was kind of slow at the beginning but it fit with plot. We get such a huge background on our main character so it was easy to connect with her.
Effy isn’t who you think she is. In fact, no one, not even Effy herself, knows who the person inside truly is. You see every year on her birthday she wakes up as someone new…someone with the exact same birthday and is exactly 17-years-old. This year she’s Effy, but again only for the next 364 days. Imagine waking up on your birthday to live the next year as someone else just to start the process all over again…never growing up, never finding out why this is happening, and never knowing who you truly are. Effy is a survivor through and through and it was so easy to connect with her. And then the ending comes…
Wow. That ending. It was a huge turning point for me and it made me an emotional wreck; I had to go back and reread it twice. I loved it and I felt it wrapped up the entire book, but it also felt a little rushed. It was like one moment I’m seeing this beautiful story play out and then BAM! It’s over. I wanted just a little bit more, but overall I was happy with it. I loved the characters, the plot, the freaking cover! Everything was amazingly thought out.