Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ARC Review: Another Day by David Levithan

Another Day (Every Day #2)From the blurb:

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.

Heather's rating:

Retellings are so hard to get right, but when you combine a retelling from a borderline unlikeable character and you don't add anything new to the table, things go downhill VERY quickly.

Just in case anyone was wondering, this CANNOT be read as a standalone. It is completely dependent on Every Day for context and plot. In fact, if you are expecting any sort of story structure, look elsewhere.

"Another Day" jumps around from notable event to notable event from "Every Day", just from Rhiannon's perspective. And let me tell you, I almost wish I'd never gotten a glimpse at her POV. First of all, her relationship with Justin was painful to read. PAINFUL. It is so clearly an emotionally abusive relationship that I wanted to shake Rhiannon. Justin is an epic douche, and I simply wanted to punch him in the nads the entire time.

But what was most difficult to read were the details about Rhiannon herself. She is just less... special than she seemed in the first. More shallow, more insecure, less unique. It was disappointing, if I'm being honest.

Despite knowing some more unsavory things about Rhiannon from this book, I would still have said that this story had merit except for the fact that this retelling brings very little extra to the table. The purpose of a companion piece is to shed new light and bring new information to the original book. Instead, I think this book and this author tried to milk an already successful book for more than it could give (ahem, Grey).

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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