by David Levithan
To be published
on August 25, 2015
by Knopf BFYR
Source: publisher giveaway at BEA (thanks to Karen @For What It's Worth Reviews for grabbing this for me because she remembered I'd enjoyed the first book)
Synopsis: 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 take: I really enjoyed the companion book to this one, Every Day. And I'll confess to feeling a bit disappointed when I learned that this was the same story as Every Day, but told from Rhiannon's point of view. I'm not generally a fan of that.
But I really enjoyed reading Another Day. It reminded me how interesting I found Every Day. The character A is a sort of spiritual homeless person. Every morning s/he wakes up in a different borrowed body. The story raised a lot of interesting questions about love, about the essential human qualities that unite us, in contrast to those things (gender, race, nationality, sexual preference, age...) that divide us.
In Every Day, we find out what it's like to live as A. In Another Day, we learn what it's like to fall in love with A, a person who never looks the same, yet retains the same human essence. While A's life is hard, Rhiannon's is ... complicated. She already has a boyfriend (this is how she met A -- when he was temporarily in Justin's body) and has to a) absorb the fact that during a perfect day at the beach she shared with Justin, he wasn't really himself, b) absorb the fact that the person she's fallen in love with never looks the same and c) decide how she feels about the idea of A, all while trying to hide this from Justin.
The ending of this felt very ... open. I'm not sure if this means there will be another book, or whether it means that a story like this can't have total resolution. But I found these two companion books moving, gripping and philosophically complex. If you haven't read either one, now is the perfect time to do a back-to-back read!