BY David Levithan
“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.” -Goodreads
I’ll preface this by saying that it has been a few years since I read “Every Day”, the companion to this novel. I remember enjoying the book but that’s all. David Levithan didn’t lie when he said this novel can stand alone. Having little, to no, recollection of the other book, I was completely moved by his writing in “Another Day”.
While I lack the romantic experience to sympathize with Rhiannon, I was able to empathize with her. Stuck in a mentally exhausting relationship she desperately clung to, she managed to find an unintentional way out. I admire the character’s strength to endure such a relationship, while some may call it foolishness, I believe she genuinely thought that was her destiny. Our other protagonist A, is a challenging character to imagine. Both a he and a she A send to just exist. I can’t picture how lonely that would be, everyday being a new body with, prior to Rhiannon, no-one consistent in his/her life to talk to, no parents to look up to everyday. It would be an extremely difficult life to live.
I appreciated Levithan’s shout out to books. How they are always there for us, they don’t physically change, yet with each passing day their message alters based on our perspective. As an active re-reader, I can attest to that.
Overall, David Levithan’s novel blew me away. While slow at times, and a bit difficult to get into, at least for me, it was an intriguing read. This author has yet to disappoint me. I would recommend it to readers who are also fans of John Green. Both these authors can pull you in and leave you thinking.