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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Another Day Book Review

Another Day

Written by David Levithan
Number of pages: 327

Average Rating: 3.69/5 stars
My Rating: 2/5 stars

Published on August 25th 2015
Read in June 2016

Summary according to Goodreads

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 went into this novel expecting a continuation of the first novel from another perspective, but instead found that it was the same story told from Rhiannon's view. While reading the first novel I never wondered what was going on in her life, and instead just wanted to know how she was dealing with it. Briefly. I feel that I would have enjoyed this story so much more if it had been shorter, or even as a novella. 

Rhiannon was not as interesting to read as A was, unfortunately. I found her to be very boring and diminished, and did not go through any development until the very end. It was almost painful to read about her relationship with Justin, because she believed so strongly in it. She was fairly self-centered, and it took her awhile to open her eyes up to the world. 

I may be wrong, but there were times while reading this novel that I had to wonder if Rhiannon was a little bit homophobic. While A was talking about inhabiting the body of a man and being in a same-sex relationship, it seemed to make her very uncomfortable. However, it could be that she is insecure in her own sexuality, and that is why she struggled connecting to A when they were inhabiting the body of a female. 

Every Day is one of my favourite books that I have ever read, so my expectations for this one could not have been higher. After having reread the first novel I was expecting to go back into this world of poetic writing and strong characters, and was only met with disappointment. There is showing to have another novel in this series (with no release date yet) so hopefully that tie together all of the lose ends. 

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