Monday 10 August 2015

Another Day, David Levithan

Pages: 400
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Release Date: 30th July 2015
Edition: UK e-proof, NetGalley review copy

Other Titles by this Author: Boy Meets Boy, The Realm of Possibility, Are We There Yet?, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn), Wide Awake, Naomi & Eli’s No-Kiss List (with Rachel Cohn), Love is the Higher Law, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green), The Lover’s Dictionary, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (with Rachel Cohn), Invisibility (with Andrea Cremer), Every Day, How They Met and Other Stories, Two Boys Kissing, Hold Me Closer

Eagerly anticipated companion novel to the internationally acclaimed bestselling title Every Day.

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has convinced herself that she deserves her distant, moody boyfriend, Justin. She knows the rules: Don’t be needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Then, out of the blue, they share a perfect day together – perfect, that is, until Justin doesn’t remember anything about it. Confused, and yearning for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts to question everything. And that’s when a stranger tells her the Justin she spent that time with…wasn’t Justin at all.

Every Day captured so many hearts with the tale of A, a boy who lives each day inside a different body and what happens when he falls in love with a girl called Rhiannon. Another Day launches us into the confusing life of Rhiannon as she tries to wrap her head around the most complicated love story she’s ever encountered.

I have to admit that when I started Another Day I hardly remembered Every Day. It wasn’t until I started reading that a few things came back and others felt familiar, and I’m glad it went that way. Rhiannon’s story begins on the day that A wakes up in the body of Justin, Rhiannon’s boyfriend and they spend a magical day at the beach together. The story runs alongside Every Day and I genuinely think that, even though they of course had slightly different focuses and an alternate perspective, I would have found it very samey otherwise.

The thing I enjoyed most about Rhiannon’s side of the story was seeing her relationship with Justin first hand. He really isn’t very nice. He clearly has a lot of issues, personal and family ones, but the way he spoke and treated Rhiannon made me RAGEY. As Rhiannon fell out of love with him and more and more in love with A the conversation of gender came up a lot and the discussion was really interesting. Rhiannon spent a lot of time wondering whether her love for A could traverse gender and physical attraction and how automatic her gendered language and assumptions are. It’s definitely an interesting topic that deserves for exploration.

Another Day is a beautiful story of love, gender and identity.

Thanks to NetGalley and Electric Monkey for the review copy.


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