Published on: 25th August 2015
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Series: Every Day #2
Genre: YA Romance
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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.
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.”
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?