Another Day, David Levithan’s companion to the New York Times bestselling novel Every Day, could only be described as an innovative masterpiece. It is emotional and raw, but also uplifting and romantic. The premise of the book is essentially the same as Every Day, except that the book is from a different perspective. An individual named A wakes up every day in the body of a different person. They do not have a gender or a body of their own. All they know is that they are in love with a girl named Rhiannon. Rhiannon learns that A is different from other people and she struggles to figure out whether the two of them can truly be together. Every Day is from the point of view of A, while Another Day is from Rhiannon’s perspective. Even though the plot of both books are the same, there are many distinct differences between the two. Rhiannon’s view of the world really opened my eyes to how dissimilar the two main characters are from one another, even though they connect on a fundamental level. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt like they didn’t belong or just wants to read a well-written and unique novel.
Kenny’s review: Every Day is the best book I have ever read. I am not sure if the fact that I read it first influences my opinion at all, but I prefered it to Another Day. A’s perspective was so much more interesting than Rhiannon’s, perhaps because they have a life no one is familiar with. However, it was also nice to see “the other side of the story,” so to speak. This book answered a lot of questions that the audience was left with after Every Day. My favorite thing about this book is the same thing that I enjoyed so much about Every Day, which is that it is very well-written. There are many quotable passages in both books, and I found myself reading sections out loud to my friends often.
There is an informal tone to this book that makes it relatable and easy to follow. However, it is also sophisticated in its ideas and the execution of those ideas. It has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for an emotional drama or a lighthearted humorous book, you will love David Levithan’s newest novel. I hope that Levithan decides to write a sequel to this book, because there are still questions I would love to see answered, but even if he doesn’t, I know anyone who reads Another Day will be highly satisfied with the content and be left wanting more.
Kayla’s review: What Kenny said. I also found, as a Rent fan, Mimi and Roger singing in my head every time I sat down to open Another Day. At first I was really frustrated reading this book. The opening is almost identical to Every Day. However, the further into the book I got, the more I appreciated it as its own entity. From A’s perspective, Justin, Rhiannon’s boyfriend, is the enemy. He’s this really terrible boyfriend who is totally toxic. And to some extent, he is. But Another Day has moments between Rhiannon and Justin that that are sweet and endearing. I could understand why she was with him.
One of the reasons I love Every Day so much is because it opens discussions on gender identity in a way that is not offensive to anyone, and allows for a reasonable discussion to happen between people who’ve read it. Another Day offers that same discussion from the perspective of a cis-gendered teenage girl. I was fascinated throughout the book by her struggle with pronouns for A, as well as her challenge accepting love from different forms. Towards the end of the book Rhiannon creates a metaphor in her mind dealing with cars and drivers. I won’t spoil it for future Another Day readers, but it was incredibly profound.
Another Day is one of those extremely important books that allows teenagers to analyze gender in a safe space. David Levithan has created this perfect set-up for discussion. The book is sweet, funny, and unbelievably well written. This book leaves off in the exact same place as Every Day, so fans will be just as frustrated by this conclusion as they were by the first novel’s. Mr. Levithan, it’s time for some sequels!
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