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Another Day Paperback – January 3, 2017
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Gr 10 Up—In Every Day (Knopf, 2012), Levithan presented the story of A, a teenager who wakes up daily in other teens' bodies. During one of those "hops," A meets Rhiannon, the beautiful but insecure girlfriend of a boy who treats her as nothing more than an object for his needs. This companion novel gives readers the story from Rhiannon's point of view and her growing affection for A (who she is most attracted to when inhabiting a male body, despite the character not identifying as male or female). Rhiannon's character development is solid: she goes from a needy doormat who thinks that because Justin does not hit her or cheat on her that he is a good boyfriend into a person who goes after what she wants. Things do not go smoothly along the way, as she finds ways to meet A, which destroys her relationship with Justin and impacts her reputation. Still, she and A fall for each other, and though the story ends with a resolution that A thinks is best for her, in this volume's conclusion we see that she may not accept that decision so readily. Although much of the novel is a repeat of the first work, readers who have not read Every Day will be lost. The action moves at a leisurely pace but not so much that the narrative becomes boring. Frequent episodes of underage drinking and sex makes this title more suitable for older teens. VERDICT Purchase where A's original story is popular.—Suanne B. Roush, formerly at Osceola High School, Seminole, FL --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
“…a richly developed story that takes readers deep into its co-protagonists’ beings…. Though Levithan considers this to be the earlier novel’s “twin,” it has a separate, deeply satisfying identity and can be read on its own.” —Booklist starred review
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full non-spoiler review posted here: https://myriadinklings.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/review-another-day-david-levithan/
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!
Full non-spoiler review at http://myriadinklings.wordpress.com
Rhiannon has a very love/hate relationship with her boyfriend Justin, but then one day they take a day to go to the beach that is just perfect. It’s a day that makes Rhiannon think that Justin really does love her and this relationship will actually make it. However, the next day Justin doesn’t remember anything. Eventually Rhiannon finds out that the “Justin” she loved that day was not Justin at all but a person named A that lives in a different body every day. Will Rhiannon and A ever be able to make things work out?
I was really looking forward to the sequel to Every Day and this is not that book (I know Levithan discusses this in his opening to the book). At the end of this book we just get more mystery and loose ends just like at the end of Every Day (it’s basically the same story).
Maybe it's because the concept wasn't fresh and new and instead is a rehash of Every Day, but I thought the book was a bit boring. I also got a bit tired of Rhiannon's constant whininess and her constant efforts to talk herself into being in love with her boyfriend Justin. She is honestly kind of a pitiful girl, although she does grow a bit as the story continues.
Yep, Rhiannon was a huge sticking point for me. I didn’t mind her in Every Day, but in this book there is too much of her. She is whiny and needy and self-deprecating; I just really found myself resenting her for most of the story.
Overall it was okay but not nearly as good as the first book. There are some parts where it is interesting to see Rhiannon’s outlook on things, but it wasn’t interesting enough to be a full book. I still really hope that we get to see a sequel to Every Day sometime soon. There are a lot of mysteries left open at the end of Every Day that I would love to see resolved. Definitely read Every Day before reading this one, Every Day is a much better book.
Now that that proclamation is out of the way, let me start by saying I loved how Leviathan handled this story. Rhiannon’s character is so well-written – she is not just some kind girl who suddenly became the light of A’s life. She is a survivor, a girl who learns to love beyond what she has been thinking she was meant to love. She has faced being almost suicidal, and she stops relying on other people for her happiness. At first, she is all about Justin – so much so that her friend Rebecca is us – why are you staying with such a jerk? But then you realize she is stuck – and until nearly the end, she doesn’t realize that she doesn’t have to be in another relationship to get out of the one with Justin. She does cheat on him, and while most books would have it like ‘he deserved it, he was such a bad person’, this book actually brings a little complexity to his character too. Sure, he is not a good person, but not the spawn of Satan either – just broken and she was thinking she could fix him. He was a bad person, though, and emotionally abusive – which is sometimes worse than being physically abusive.
The thing about Rhiannon’s situation is – she is heterosexual, and all her life she just sees love in the form of the person. She keeps wishing it was A in Justin’s body forever, and finds it very difficult to look past the package. She feels uncomfortable expressing affection when A is female. But eventually, she says this one quote I really loved from the book –
Part of the problem is words. The fact that there are separate words for he and she, him and her. I’ve never thought about it before, how divisive this is. Like maybe if there was just one pronoun for all of us, we wouldn’t get so caught on that difference.