Thursday, January 21, 2016

Book Review: Another Day by David Levithan

Title: Another Day (Every Day #2)
Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Published: August 2015

The eagerly anticipated companion to David Levithan’s New York Times bestseller Every Day

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 didn’t hesitate to request this book in NetGalley because first and foremost this is David Levithan, next is this is the prequel for his book Every Day which I love the most. Without looking at the blurb, I requested it and when I tried reading it for the first time that’s the only time I found out that this book is focused on Rhiannon. 

To be honest, it is hard to do a review for this book. My thoughts are divided into both 80% positive and 20% sort of negative. 

Let’s start with the negative? Well it’s not as bad as you think, it was just I got a little disappointed because I was expecting that there will be a new story for A. I was really looking forward for more, will A be happy despite his situation? Will he stay in one body? What will really happen to him is what I really know. But this book is more about Rhiannon, I’m just glad that they met like that.  

On the other-hand (the positive side), I like this book, Rhiannon’s point of view is different but interesting as well, her life is a mess, I didn’t think of it that way when I was reading Every Day. All I knew was it is good for A because he finally have a motivation to stay. He loves Rhiannon and he is willing to do anything just to stay in one body and be with her. I like this book because I learned more about Rhiannon’s life before and after she met A. It is good to know that “Okay this is what happened during the scene in Every Day”, “this is what Rhiannon think back then”, “so this is how they met” so on and so forth. 

The feeling of comparing and matching two books for me is really satisfying. It was like I’m reviewing from every scene that involves A, and as I move forward the more I learned about who Rhiannon really is. She isn’t that stupid as for the first parts of the book though at least at the end she learned how to give value to herself. So far I enjoyed reading this one. I just hope there will be a positive outcome for A. Will there be a next book? PLEASE?

My Ratings

David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.


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