Book Review: “Another Day” by David Levithan

“Another Day” is the sequel to David Levithan’s previously published novel “Every Day” and this time, tells Rhiannon’s side of the story. Rhiannon is a 16-year-old girl from Maryland who leads quite an ordinary life and has been in a relationship with her boyfriend Justin for over a year. She has convinced herself he is right for her, even though she knows deep down that he neither truly acknowledges her efforts, nor appreciates her the way a partner should.

Nevertheless, one afternoon the couple spend a perfect day at the ocean together and Rhiannon is hopeful for improvement and yearns that their relationship would finally get to the point where she always wished for it to be. The following days though, everything is back to usual and it seems as if the day that meant so much to Rhiannon had never happened at all. Not understanding what is going on, she carries on with her dreary everyday life, still hoping to experience yet another magical day with Justin. That is, until she crosses paths with a stranger who claims it was not her boyfriend, but himself in Justin’s body that day at the beach and thereby turns her life upside down.

Even though I’ve been a big fan of David Levithan’s work for a while now, I have to admit I was a bit sceptical when I heard about “Another Day” being published. To me, “Every Day” was such an unmitigated book that, at first, I found the idea of telling the story from another perspective foolish, but having read the novel now, I have to say that I couldn’t have been more wrong with that assumption. Notwithstanding that both books tell the same tale, I felt equal excitement and suspense when reading “Another Day” as I did with “Every Day”.

Both books deal with the topics of love, trust and making the right decisions in such a fascinating way that you are unable to put them down. Levithan manages to put his thoughts into words so brilliantly that you feel like you’re part of Rhiannon’s world yourself, but also start to question the choices you have or are about to make in your own life. In addition to that, the occasional e-mail exchanges add even more variety to the author’s already outstandingly good writing style.

I guess there are countless ways to interpret “Another Day” and everyone will put the stress on something different, depending on where they are currently standing in life or which difficulties they are facing. All the same, the book beautifully depicts the complexity of love and shows that it is, if it is true and deep enough, not confined by superficial things like gender or physical appearance, which I think is forgotten by way too many people.

“Another Day” is one of those novels that’ll make you put down quotes on a piece of paper and pin them onto your bedroom wall because you will never get tired of reading them over and over again, understanding them a bit differently each time. Therefore, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA literature as much as I do and is looking for another fictional world to get lost in.


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