Friday, 31 July 2015

REVIEW: ANOTHER DAY - DAVID LEVITHAN

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TITLE: Another Day
AUTHOR: David Levithan
PUBLISHER (UK): Electric Monkey
RELEASE DATE (UK): 30th July 2015
GOODREADS: x
,MY RATING: 4/5
SYNOPSIS:
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.

MY THOUGHTS:
David Levithan is one of my favorite authors, and I loved Every Day when I read it last year, so of course this book was one of my most anticipated releases of 2015. Luckily, it didn't disappoint!

Let's get this straight; Another Day is NOT a sequel. It's a companion novel, basically it's the same story as Every Day from Rhiannon's point of view. Because of this I did feel a little bit like I was just reading Every Day again, and even though Another Day gave a new perspective of the story I didn't think it really added much to the original. I didn't think Another Day was really necessary, but that didn't stop me enjoying it. 

I liked Rhiannon as a character in this book, definitely more than I liked her in Every Day, and I enjoyed reading from her perspective. Although she could be very frustrating at times, especially when talking about her relationship with Justin, I liked that she developed throughout the novel and was a stronger person at the end than she was at the start. As for the other characters, I really like A and I find his 'situation' very intriguing, but there weren't any side characters that stood out to me. 

Just like Every Day, Another Day has a very intriguing premise, and it made me think a lot about what I would do in that situation (freak out, probably). I did sometimes find the story a little bit slow , but I was always interested to see how Rhiannon would handle the crazy situation she was in and how she and A would get past the problems they faced. The concept of someone waking up in a different body every day is one I'd never read about before (except for in Every Day, of course) and I found the story very interesting and unique.

One of my favorite things about Another Day was how it explored the themes of gender and sexuality in an interesting and thought provoking way. Levithan is well known for the diversity of his books and characters (I'm just going to take this opportunity to remind everybody to read Two Boys Kissing if they haven't already), and although Another Day presents these ideas in a very different context I still think it included some very important points that people reading the book can take away with them. 

Oh, and I have to mention the ending. Unfortunately, this book doesn't have a satisfying conclusion and it kind of annoyed me. The story just didn't feel finished to me, and I ended up wanting to know more about what was going to happen. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a sequel somewhere in the future (and I would totally read it.)

IN CONCLUSION:
Another Day is an interesting read, told with Levithan's signature witty writing style, but unfortunately I didn't think it added much to the story and the characters established in every day. I personally really enjoyed it, and I would recommend it to anybody who enjoyed Every Day and doesn't mind some parts being repeated, but I don't think it's a book you necessarily HAVE to read.

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