To say that I am a fan of David Levithan would be a total understatment. I am a giant fangirl of anything that he writes. The Lover's Dictionary is a favorite, and I am currently reading Two Boys Kissing and am totally swooning. Levithan is an amazing writer. When I first read the companion novel, Every Day, I instantly fell in love with it. It was fresh, exciting, and a beautiful read. I loved the idea of a genderless protagonist, and found that it really shaped my ideas regarding gender and sexuality. Once I head that he was creating a second novel from the perspective of Rhiannon, I was pumped. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Another Day by David Levithan
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
In this enthralling companion to his NYT bestseller Every Day, David Levithan 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. (Goodreads)
My Bookish Thoughts:
I will start out by saying that this book didn't live up to my expectations. For me a good book has a certain spark or element to it that leaves me thinking about it for days after I finish. This book didn't have that spark that Levithan's other novels have.
Perhaps it was because this isn't a sequel, but a companion novel. Nothing new is really told in the story, and the reader just gets an alternate perspective. While Rhiannon's view of the story is great, it just didn't suck me in like the previous novel. I honestly would have enjoyed a sequel telling the rest of A and Rhiannon's story because it is left unfinished.
Furthermore, when I heard Rhiannon's thoughts, I began to feel less for her than I did in Every Day. In the first novel, she is much more likable. In this novel, she felt weak and lacking agency. I wanted her to be strong, independent, but I didn't feel like that was displayed.
With that being said, I am still a HUGE supporter of David Levithan. I love his style as an author and will continue to read anything he puts out. If this is your first Levithan read, please, please do not write him off. He's worth it! Believe me!
I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads.