Another Day by David Levithan
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House), August 2015 (Expected)
*I received an e-arc from Netgalley. Thanks to the publisher! This review reflects 100% of my honest opinions.*
In the companion to Every Day, we explore Rhiannon’s side of the story. She and her boyfriend always fight, but one day, he acts much differently. From that day forward, she notices something different… then she meets A.
It was extremely interesting to read the story from Rhiannon’s point of view. I liked her in Every Day, but I felt like this book gave much more insight into her as a character. I became much more attached and interested in her story during the duration of this book. I also really liked how the story didn’t feel repetitive. Having the same story told in a different point of view leaves lots of room for repetition, nevertheless, it didn’t feel like that. I learned new things, although it was the same story. We were able to see Rhiannon’s thought process and the way she learned about love (and how it affected it). As usual, I really liked Levithan’s writing. The two books are told in a kind of stream of consciousness, which I really enjoyed since this book focuses so much on the thematics of who you are inside (vs. your physical image).
I feel like a strong point for Another Day (and Every Day) is the message it delivers. Levithan has a way of writing an interesting story and at the same time, delivering a strong message. You’ll know what I’m talking about if you read the book(s) and pay attention the struggle and internal conflict of Rhiannon and A. I’m not going to talk about the thematics and details of it because I would hate to spoil the book for you!
Although this book provided more (into the character’s insights — especially Rhiannon’s of course), I wish there was more. This is one of those books I finish and I’m still hung over thinking about it days later… The message it delivered and the way it ends, it’s a lot to think about and wonder. I just wish there was more closure for the reader.
Writing Style: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
I’m so glad I got a chance to read this novel. I read Every Day a very long time ago, when it first came out in 2012… I haven’t re-read it the past 3 years but the story was so striking to me it left a deep impression so I still remembered what it was about. Of course, with time, the details were vague to me. Nevertheless, I feel strongly for this book because of the way Levithan wrote it. In his letter to the reader, he mentions that this book is suitable as a companion or a stand alone. I feel like this is very true. Even if you have never read Every Day, I very much expect that you would enjoy Another Day (with no background knowledge). If you were a fan of Every Day, this book is a great continuation, or well, a deeper inspection into the story. I really enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone whether or not you have read Every Day. I definitely will try to get my hand on a physical copy when it comes out in August and I hope you do so too!
Thanks for reading my review and I hope you enjoyed it!