Review “Another Day” – David Levithan

August 19, 2015 Book Review 4

Review “Another Day” – David LevithanAnother Day by David Levithan
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Published on: 25th August 2015
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 300
Series: Every Day #2
Genre: YA Romance
Format: ARC

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This book is part of the Every Day Series. You can find the other reviews below:
Every Day (Every Day #1)
Another Day (Every Day #2)
.The Story(summary from Goodreads)

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.


My Thoughts

I remember liking Every Day a lot, and I was a bit shocked at first when I saw that David Levithan had written a sequel. It was a great standalone and before even reading Another Day I didn’t think that a sequel was needed. After reading, my opinion is very much the same. Sure there are a few new things we learn, but overall I would have been happy with just one book.

I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t massively interested in reading A’s story from Rhiannon’s POV. Her side of things was, well a little boring. There was a lot of rambling about her relationship issues with Justin, and it wasn’t even exciting relationship issues, she just didn’t love him anymore yet she won’t break up with him. I found her personality a bit lacking, she has all these friends around her but she just seems to shut off from everyone and everything.

“We stand there for a few seconds, or maybe a few minutes, hand in hand, forehead on forehead, lips gently on lips, drained entirely of longing, because everything’s been found.”

I really liked A in the first book. I loved reading about A’s life, all the different memories, the experiences. In this book we got A from Rhiannon’s POV, which meant that we didn’t get the interesting parts of A. Rhiannon focused on the body, and not really the person inside. Sure in the end she could pick A out of  room full of people but I don’t feel like she got to know the A that we got to know in Every Day.

“The universe, at this moment, is romantic. And I want it. I want it so badly. I want the touch of his lips on mine. I want the way my heart is pounding. I want this nest, my body and his body. I want it because it’s that unreal kind of real.”

Like with the first book I battled a lot with the whole ‘person vs body’ debate. You read about Rhiannon not liking A as much as a fat boy or as a girl and you immediately think ‘wow she is shallow’. But then thinking about it, I wouldn’t be instantly attracted to someone who is massively over weight or who is a girl, and I don’t think that makes me shallow. Personality and the person within is extremely important, but there has to be an attraction there too. I’m not saying that I will only date the Channing Tatum’s and Henry Cavill’s of the world, but I want to feel some kind of attraction to the person that I am with.

“I wonder how I can be so full of him while he’s so empty of me.”

I started this book thinking that Every Day did not need a sequel/companion novel and I finished reading the book thinking this exact same thing. This book took me a long time to read, I kept putting it down and having to force myself to go back to it. If you read Every Day and loved it, you are probably going to be disappointed. This books doesn’t have the same mystery or uniqueness. It’s already been done once spectacularly, it didn’t need doing again.

“It wouldn’t be fair to ask you to be around me when I’m so sick of being around me.”


Final Thoughts

Is it wrong to say that at one point the thought did cross my mind as to whether this book was written because Levithan felt like there was more of a story that he needed to tell, or that he just wanted to write another book and people seemed to like Every Day so why not write another one.

Re-Readability: Probably Not

I would recommend this book to fans of: YA contemporary, David Levithan, Every Day, unique relationships, unique characters

Have you read Every Day?

Have you ever read a sequel/companion nevel that you think just didn’t need to be written? 


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4 Responses to “Review “Another Day” – David Levithan”

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    I always hesitate to say things didn’t need to be written or things like that because gahhh. Everyone is different right?! But I HAVE read books where the first was just amazing and the thereafter sequels fell flat for me. >_> SO I UNDERSTAND THIS FEELING! I’ve only read Will Grayson by David Leviathan (and it’s not even toally by him, woops) so I do need to try one of his solo-books someday. xD Do you know where a good place to start would be!?! HELP. xD

    • Brocs Bookcase

      It really sucks when a sequel doesn’t live up to the book before. I liked Two Boys Kissing so would definitely recommend that one. I’ve only read a few of his books, but this one was my favourite. I haven’t read Will Grayson yet, any good?

  2. Tanya

    I actually just read Every Day last month. I didn’t post a review on the blog because… well, I just didn’t have a lit to say about it. I wasn’t a fan of the ending. With the way it ended I felt like – what was the point? I also felt like it got a little preachy here and there. I didn’t dislike the book at all, I guess overall (considering all that I’d heard about it) I was just a little underwhelmed. When I heard about Another Day I was wondering what Rhiannon could really add to the story. (I never saw/felt what A felt for her anyway.) So I decided to give this one a pass. Sorry to hear that this one wasn’t a hit for you.

    • Brocs Bookcase

      I can see where you are coming from, it is quite a unique book and it’s just not right for some people. In my opinion you made the right choice with Another Day, especially if you didn’t enjoy Every Day so much.