Every Day and Another Day intrigue readers with unique style
Every avid reader has, at one point, read a book so captivating and unique that they wish they could read it all over again, yet still feel the authenticity of reading a novel for the first time. David Levithan has granted readers with that very opportunity with novels Every Day and Another Day. The first of the series, Every Day, tells the story of “A”, someone who wakes up everyday in another body. A commits to never interrupting those bodies’ lives, but when they end up in the body of Justin, a brusque jock with little interest in anything but video games and football, A is enchanted by Rhiannon, Justin’s girlfriend. After one day of skipping school to go to the beach with Rhiannon, A is drawn to her. Each day after, Rhiannon haunts A’s mind. This is only the beginning of what just may be one of the most complicated love stories within a novel. As I read on, I was captivated by A’s dedication to find Rhiannon, no matter the consequence.
Every Day offers a truly fresh take on romantic novels. Yes, it is one of those guy meets girl, they fall in love, complications ensue stories, but not only was I drawn in by the budding romance, but perplexed and intrigued by the idea of someone being in a new body every day. How do they deal with rarely making connections with others? How can someone resist the temptation to live their life how they wish, not how the body would? The further I got into the novel, Levithan’s story continued to captivate me.
Another Day offers a fresh take on the same story. I’m not one to reread books, and despite loving the first book, I hoped the sequel could somehow differ from the first. Spoiler alert: the sequel is almost entirely its own novel, and was, in no way, a poor switch-up of its prequel. This book being from Rhiannon’s point of view, I didn’t expect how unique this novel was from its former. The new point of view introduces almost a whole new story, with the bonus of already knowing how things are seen and operating from the other side. Six additional chapters follow the ending of Another Day, which ends on the same scene as in Every Day. These six chapters offer just enough new information to have me desperately googling if there was going to be a third novel to the series (there will be).
These novels fill each page with heartbreak, drama, and intrigue. As A becomes more and more determined to find a way to be with Rhiannon, Leviathan draws the reader into the story, investing them in this seemingly impossible relationship. I found myself rooting for their relationship, wondering how it could possible work out, and with each page, more and more encaptivated with the story. Every Day and Another Day are a testament to truly dedicated love, not matter how difficult it may be to obtain. As I said, I’m not one to reread books, but for these two, I’ll make an exception.
- Likable characters
- Original plot
- Somewhat cliche