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(Note: I was able to read this novel due to winning a third party giveaway of select titles from BookCon. I did not receive this book from the publisher and am in no way working with the publisher of this book. This review is my honest opinion.)
Another Day by David Levithan is the companion book to the Every Day. In this companion, we learn about Rhiannon, a girl in a peculiar situation. One day, her sad and selfish boyfriend suddenly turns into the perfect boyfriend, only to forget about it the next day. Saddened, Rhiannon realizes she must return to having such low expectations for Justin, even though he greatly surpassed them for one day. Soon she finds out that Justin was wonderful for one day, because for only one day, he wasn’t Justin.
I haven’t read Every Day but as I understand it, it is the story of a character named A, who travels to a new body every day. When A meets a girl named Rhiannon, while in the body of her boyfriend, A realizes they want to spend the rest of their life with her. Each day and each new body, A finds a way to return to Rhiannon.
In this companion, we learn what it was like on Rhiannon’s side of things.
I love the premise of this novel. Can you even imagine? You’re with your significant other. The two of you are in a routine and used to each other. Essentially, the honeymoon phase has been over for a while. Then one day, that romance suddenly returns and you’re reminded why you fell in love with them in the first place.
Then you find out they were a different person entirely that day. What do you do?
Plot Development: 5/5
The plot of the novel was paced wonderfully. I didn’t notice any slow scenes or scenes that were much too fast. The reader is given enough background knowledge to make the story enjoyable, but not too much background. This book can be ready by anyone, even if they have not read Every Day.
There are times that I wanted to strangle for Rhiannon for talking about her doubts but not displaying matching actions. I also would have liked to see more characterization among the supporting cast, Rhiannon’s friend group. It seemed like some of them were there for the sake of dialogue for the reader to ascertain Rhiannon’s true feelings without the character explicitly expressing them. The supporting characters were quite flat.
Writing Style: 5/5
I really liked the writing style of this novel. It was told only through Rhiannon’s point of view, which allowed the premise and plot of the novel to shine. The reader is right there alongside Rhiannon, wondering and worrying about the same things.
Another Day is easy to read and I do not predict it to be a difficult read for its intended audience, Young Adult. The text contains e-mails and text messages between Rhiannon and other characters. It was easy to differentiate these formats from the traditional narrative. The novel contains themes about sex, so I would certainly recommend that a mature teenager reads this book or that is pre-read by a parent. The sex elements are not graphic, but is talked about casually. The book is overall easy to understand and comprehend.
Total Score: 24/25, avg. 4.8/5
I obviously give Another Day a five star rating. It was a highly enjoyable reading experience, from cover to cover. I highly recommend this book.
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