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.
Four and a half stars: A gorgeously written companion novel that explores Rhiannon's side of the story.
Rhiannon huddles near Justin's locker, anxiously awaiting for him to appear. Rhiannon hopes that today will be a good day because more often than not, she is apologizing to Justin for her missteps. Rhiannon loves Justin, she truly does, but why does it feel like the more time she spends with him, the more she is disappearing? Justin arrives and gives her a smile, and hope blooms in her heart. Perhaps today will be a great day. Rhiannon is thrilled when later in the school day, Justin suggests they leave and go anywhere she wants. She chooses the beach. Rhiannon and Justin's day is more than great, it is magical, everything Rhiannon hoped for and more because for the first time in a long time, Rhiannon felt like Justin was truly looking at her. Before too long, the day ends, on a good note, and Rhiannon drifts home. The next day, is as if the beach day hadn't happened. Justin is back to his sullen and moody self. Rhiannon has no idea that the person she spent the day with wasn't actually Justin, and soon she will be exploring the possibility of love in infinite ways. Can Rhiannon find herself and love?
What I Liked:
- Another Day is what Mr. Levithan calls a twin novel, as it is not exactly a companion novel. Instead he views it as the other side of the story through Rhiannon's eyes. The author's note at the beginning says that you can read this without having read the first one, as it works as a stand alone, but I highly recommend reading Every Other Day before delving into this one so you can fully experience the joy and beauty of the story. Another Day is a look at the tale via Rhiannon's eyes, as she finds herself and explores the possibility of love without regard to gender, race or appearance. What you end up with is a beautifully written, powerful and moving story that makes you pause for a moment and ponder the possibility of love without boundaries.
- It was interesting to experience things through Rhiannon's eyes instead of through A's this time around. In the first book, we see a Rhiannon who is kind, beautiful and happy, but in reality, she is confused, depressed and losing more and more of herself every day in Justin's shadow. Once she meets A, Rhiannon begins to transform and blossom. As she falls in love with A, who occupies a different body each day, she learns that love can extend beyond the boundaries of race, gender and appearance. I absolutely loved getting inside Rhiannon's head, and seeing her confusion as she truly took a look at her relationship with Justin. I was a bit surprised to see how sad and depressed she was, and I cheered as she found her own path and learned to love. Her growth is tremendous.
- Speaking of Justin, he is such a complicated character. Through Rhiannon's eyes, the person who supposedly loves him the most, we see him at his worst, as he belittles Rhiannon, sulks and throws temper tantrums, gets drunk and struggles with adolescence, yet because Rhiannon loves him we also see why she fell in love with him and his potential for goodness. I have to admit, I couldn't stand Justin, but I appreciated his character because he is the catalyst for Rhiannon's change.
- The writing is gorgeous and lovely, filled with so many impactful messages and thoughts to ponder. I love the idea that Mr. Leviathan presents to us, as we once again imagine a life with a different body every day, with the same person inside, moving from one body to another without regard to gender, race or appearance. He makes you ponder on the infinite capacity of love. Could you truly learn to love someone regardless of appearance? Imagine loving someone from the inside, to the soul. I absolutely love the whole premise of both Every Other Day and Another Day. These are both amazing and wonderful books that I cannot recommend enough.
- The book ends in a happy spot, in the same place that the first book ended, but there is a glimmer and a hint of more to come. Even though it is open ended, I was excited because there is a promise that another book is on the horizon. I can only hope that we will get more from A and Rhiannon.
And The Not So Much:
- I think the one thing that held this back a bit for me was that it covered much of the same ground that was explored in the first book. If you read Every Other Day when it came out three years ago, it will be a nice refresher to catch up with A and Rhiannon, but if you are like me, and just recently read the first book, a lot of it felt repetitive. Yes, you are seeing things through Rhiannon's eyes, but you experience many of the conversations and interactions just as they happened the first time around, with perhaps only a bit of new input. I was hoping for a bit more originality.
- Even though I appreciated the complexity of Justin's character, I really couldn't stand him. He is awful and the way he treats Rhiannon is deplorable. However, it is an eye opener because there are many young ladies out there, who are just like Rhiannon living in their boyfriend's shadow putting up with abusive behavior because they don't understand the true nature of love. So even though it was tough to read, it was an eye opener, and I hope it serves as an example for young teens who are caught in relationships like Rhiannon's.
- The ending was a bit frustrating, even though I was thrilled that it left the door open for more story, I was left wanting so much more. It definitely ends on a cliffhanger.
Another Day is an absolute must read if you are a fan of Every Other Day. Even though there is a lot of overlap, I still loved experiencing the story through Rhiannon's eyes. This is a series that every one should read as it is impactful, brilliant and wonderful. I absolutely love pondering on the idea of loving beyond societal boundaries. Imagine loving without restriction, ignoring race, gender and appearance, that is what you will ponder while reading this series. This is something you just have to experience for yourself. Do not hesitate, grab both of these books and read them immediately.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.