Author: David Levithan
Pub. date: August 25th 2015
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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.
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Note: Review copy received from publisher (at BEA) in exchange for review. This does not affect my review or opinion.
Another Day is a solid read, perfect both for new readers and those who have already read Every Day. I didn’t love Every Day, but I was still excited to read this companion novel, and I’m glad I did. However, since Another Day is essentially the same story but told from Rhiannon’s perspective, I had several of the same thoughts about Another Day that I had about Every Day.
One of my main concerns going into Another Day was that since it is the same story, it would be repetitive of Every Day. There were a few conversations and lines that I remembered from Every Day, but overall I was really happy with David Levithan handled this companion. While A is still a big part of Rhiannon’s life, Another Day has a lot of focus on Rhiannon’s personal growth.
I didn’t love Rhiannon in Every Day, because I didn’t find her to be a very interesting character. Still, I learned a lot about Rhiannon in Another Day, and I changed my opinion about her. I discovered a lot about her personal life and relationships. For example, Another Day explains why Rhiannon still with Justin when she clearly doesn’t love him, which was something that bothered me in Every Day. I’m glad I learned more about her history and the reasoning behind her decisions! It cleared up a lot of questions I had from Every Day.
That said, I still didn’t like the relationship between A and Rhiannon. Every morning, A wakes up in a different body. When he falls in love with Rhiannon, he follows her around in his different bodies until he finally reveals the truth about his existence. It felt borderline stalkerish, and I just wanted to shake some sense into A.
David Levithan’s writing is wonderful. It tells the story beautifully without being extravagant or getting in way of the plot. Another Day is very much a character-driven story, and I think his writing style is perfect for this novel. I haven’t read any of his other books, but I will probably try to check them out in the future.
Who should read Another Day? There are two ways that people may approach Another Day: you’ve read Every Day, or you haven’t. If you’ve read Every Day, you may be expecting Another Day to give a better explanation for the (very open) ending of Every Day. It doesn’t, but Another Day adds to the story in a different way. Even if you haven’t read Every Day, you can probably pick up Another Day without any confusion, although I do recommend reading Every Day beforehand.
I rated both Every Day and Another Day 3 stars, but I think I think I probably preferred Another Day! In Every Day, A spends a lot of time daydreaming about Rhiannon, whereas Another Day involves more of Rhiannon living her life and growing as a person herself. Because of this, Another Day is probably leaning more towards 3.5 stars!