Another Day by David Levithan – REVIEW

9780385756204Another Day was sent to me by Random House via NetGalley to read and give an honest review. Thank you guys!

I read this on my Kindle.

Another Day is the companion novel to Every Day. CLICK HERE to read my review of the first book.

Published: August 25th, 2015 (July 30th, 2015 in the UK)

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books For Young Readers

Pages: 336 (hardback)

Audiobook length: 9 hrs and 27 min

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Synopsis by the publisher:

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.

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The Review

“It was nice to get to know Rhiannon as a character more, but this novel didn’t add as much to the story as I was hoping for.”

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The Writing 

I did enjoy Levithan’s writing very much in Another Day, but not as much as Every Day. That might be that I liked A’s voice more than Rhiannon.

He has ways of explaining feelings and situations that makes it so easy to connect with them and feel like you’re actually a part of it all.

I also really enjoyed the dialogues.

The Characters

It was interesting to get to know Rhiannon more in-depth than in the last book and we also got to see A and all of his faces from a different perspective which I enjoyed.

We were also introduced to some of Rhiannon’s friends as well and her family.

Justin as a character irritated me with his mood swings and very often lack of sympathy. But there was also another side to Justin that showed a more emotional depth to his character that we didn’t see in Every Day, and that was something I really appreciated.

The Plot

The thing about reading a companion novel that tells the same story as the first novel, but from a different perspective is that it doesn’t have the same grab effect on me. I didn’t feel as invested in the story and lost my concentration at times mostly because I knew where the story was going.

There were few surprises when it came to the plot line but I really did enjoy following Rhiannon through the same timeline as I followed A a little while back.

Additional Thoughts

Can you read Another Day as a stand alone? Yes, I think you could without a problem, but I also think that you wouldn’t fall for A and Rhiannon’s relationship as hard as I did when I read it from A’s perspective.

It was nice to get to know Rhiannon as a character more, but this novel didn’t add as much to the story as I was hoping for.

That being said I really do hope that Levithan writes another novel about A and Rhiannon where we find out what happens after the ending of these two. There’s a story there that I’m hoping will be told soon.

3-stars-out-of-5

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