Title: Another Day
Author: David Levithan
Best For: High School
My Take: The companion to Levithan’s book Every Day, Another Day is told from another perspective. Rhiannon, a supporting character in Every Day, is the narrator in this book. If you try to read this book prior to reading Every Day, you won’t be confused, but it won’t make much sense either.
Rhiannon, readers learn, deals with self-esteem issues, much like any high school student experiences. She doesn’t think highly of herself and plays the submissive role to her boyfriend, Justin, who treats her like a piece of meat. Despite this, Rhiannon claims that Justin and her “get” each other. She is constantly justifying her relationship to her friends and herself.
When “A” takes over Justin’s body for the day, Rhiannon is purely happy. Until she discovers that Justin was really “A.” She falls in love with “A,” who magically takes the form of a new body each day. Throughout the book, Rhiannon wrestles with her love for “A” and Justin.
I enjoyed this book and the ending was more satisfying than it was in Every Day. Still, much of the story was a repeat of Every Day and there were some gaps. For example, what is the deal with Rhiannon’s mother? I’d like more information on Rhiannon’s family life, which may help explain her actions and feelings.
Bottom Line: Read Every Day prior to reading Another Day. It’s an enjoyable story, despite some undeveloped characters.