Another Day by David Levithan | Review



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Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Pages: 300, hardcover
Received Copy: Advanced Reading Copy (e-Galley from NetGalley on behalf of Random House in return for an honest review)

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

The eagerly anticipated companion to David Levithan’s New York Times bestseller Every Day

In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all.

Another Day is David Levithan’s companion novel to Every Day which is…no words. Literally, David’s work is some of my favorite–I fly through his books because he writes genuine characters, the kind you fall in love with that stay with you forever. That being said I was so completely stoked to get approved to read Another Day because I cherished Every Day!! In this novel, we get to see the flip side of what was happening in Every Day, we get Rhiannon’s version of how she met A, how she coped with finding out about who/what A is, and what her future holds for her and boyfriend Justin. As a whole, this book is around 3.5 stars because I definitely had high hopes this was a sort of continuation–I’m a bit fickle with opposite points of view as a whole other book. Sometimes I feel like an author wants to put out another novel they know will do well. I honestly do not feel like it was the case with David. I’ve met him and heard him speak several times and I think he enjoys his craft, he takes pride in it, and I suppose he genuinely wanted to give Rhiannon’s side of the story. There was probably 75% of the novel that I already knew about, 25% was new information I didn’t know about Rhiannon’s character and how her home life was, what went on with Justin. If you haven’t read Every Day, which you really won’t have to–this could actually be a stand alone, but if you pick this book up first you’ll still understand pretty much everything David has already laid out for the audience in the first book.


They’re back…
Going back into this universe was so awesome! I LOVEDDDD EVERY DAY! A is a character that just….everything is so right about it (he/she)! A and Rhiannon have a very interesting relationship that is put to the test on so many levels and I love this. How much outside and inside appearance matter when finding that attraction in another–it’s pretty ingenious and fascinating because David gets it so right, he really does. Even though it’s Rhiannon’s turn to tell her side of the story, I still was here for A, LOL!!

Future audiences…
Honestly, there’s a ton of sexual situations (not graphic, just discussed) that probably could border on not being recommended but I wish this and Every Day were being used in classrooms across America. In a world where transgendered people are embracing themselves and the topic is now more widely discussed, this book could really and truly help generations of readers/people to understand that sometimes things aren’t just as simple and categorized as we’re taught. That’s a big problem and why there’s so much controversy. David does a really brilliant job on focusing how A is neither he nor she but rather ‘it’. A grew up experiencing so MUCH surviving in body after body and became this being that just accepted any and all. A always goes by merits in a person, their heart and actions, rather than one’s outward appearance and this could really teach us a lot. Not everyone is born fully accepted in their bodies and A is an original character that I think many could relate to and learn from.

Stand alone…
Like I stated before, even though this novel is a companion, you really can get away with just reading it and loving the story just as much. Obviously I will push Every Day on you because I love it the most but this novel had a bunch of scenes that felt like I re-read, so I would say this could be purchased on its own and you wouldn’t miss anything by not reading the first.

Duh…
IT’S MORE DAVID LEVITHAN!!! HE’S ALWAYS WORTH IT!


So, yeah…
A lot of what I read felt like I was just reading a bunch of the same storyline that I had just forgotten specific dialogue but a lot of Rhiannon’s interaction felt the same as it did in Every Day. For me, re-reading just from a different point of view is disappointing. I usually have a problem with books that have alternating POVs because of this specifically! When I heard Another Day was a book that was happening I was so excited! Too excited that I think I hadn’t read any synopsis until I finally decided to add it on Goodreads and skimmed reviews saying that it was in fact Rhiannon’s POV and not a real continuation of A’s story.

Leave the ex alone…
Rhiannon just was tirelessly in love with the idea that Justin was going to be the Justin who was at the beach the first day which opens the story. Throughout the novel, Rhiannon seems to give excuses for Justin’s behavior for pretty much everything. While I will admit, in high school, “love” and one’s emotions on this scale are at an all-time dramatic high. One cannot bare to be separated from XYZ, or One will die because ABC is going/doing/planning whatever, etc. I get that, I really do. Rhiannon just is tireless with her determination to not let go of Justin and it kinda gets old. Justin is lifeless: he wants to have sex, play video games, does not care about school, hates “drama”, hates his job, hates his dad…see where I’m going with this? Justin’s character is just mind-numbing for Rhiannon and throughout most of the book she just never sees that. **I also tend to lose my patience with individuals quickly and like to have my space so sometimes reading from Rhiannon’s point of view was a little much.

Ending…

I mean, THAT’S IT?!

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Overall, I really did enjoy the book! David creates fantastic characters and I never finish a book without feeling some sort of heavy emotion: elation, sadness, pride, happiness, hope….his stories and characters are full of this and always a delight to read. If you haven’t read Every Day, seriously what are you waiting for, but if you haven’t you should definitely check this title out! (And even if you have already read Every Day you can/should still check it out :D)

xx Linz aka The Kid

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