David Levithan is like the pied piper to my old haggy self and I can’t resist reading everything he churns out - especially when I can get them for free and months in advance of their release date . . .
That being said, I kinda had a bad feeling upon starting this book. I’m not a fan of the retelling of a story from another character’s point of view. I generally think it’s (1) a waste of time and (2) a money-grubbing scheme. But again, it’s Levithan so if anyone could have made me a believer, it’s him (or not *sad face*).
Another Day simply didn’t have the same magic for me as Every Day. Every Day earned points
While she did have a few redeeming qualities:
“I know you say you love me, but you don’t really know me. You’ve known me a week.”
“Just because you trust me, it doesn’t mean I have to automatically trust you. Trust doesn’t work like that.”
She was pretty much just awful:
“This surprises me, that A was a boy in love with a boy. Maybe it’s because it’s a girl’s voice telling me this story. Or maybe because I assume girl when I hear boyfriend. Which I know isn’t right, but it’s where my mind goes.”
And it wasn’t just when A was a female. Rhiannon was about as shallow as they get. When A appeared as a hotty she was all in, but when he showed up as less than a 10 all of a sudden she had mixed emotions . . .
Not that A was any better. “Controlling, instaloving nutter” were the super intelligent notes I left for myself. Things like A not realizing that Rhiannon would not be physically attracted to him if he were in a HER body left me with the same squicky vibe as Rhiannon’s reaction to homosexuality. It was like a reverse “pray the gay away” moment. Yes, what is on the inside is what matters, but no one should force themselves into a sexual situation that makes them feel uncomfortable – and pretending to be a lesbian would definitely be one of those situations.
Another negative were both characters’ experiences. Gak! So one-dimensional. Now, there was a glimpse of A waking up for the day in a troubled body, but really if you found yourself as a new person every 24-hours wouldn’t the odds have you ending up homeless or neglected or abused or something not so freaking ordinary every day?
Same goes for Rhiannon. Here is a girl who has grown up in a not-so-healthy environment and has coped by becoming a Stage 5 Clinger to an emotionally unavailable boy. Rather than going into any details about what made her who she was, instead we got this . . .
I’m getting too old for that.
In fact, the character I was most intrigued by this time around ended up being the a-hole boyfriend. Go figure. From A and Rhiannon’s perspective, Justin was simply a superdouche (which he proved time and again), but I wanted to find out what deeper reason was behind his mood swings/disgusting views towards women. DEAR DAVID LEVITHAN, PLEASE NOTE THAT I WILL CUT YOU IF YOU WRITE THIS G.D. BOOK AGAIN FROM JUSTIN’S POINT OF VIEW.
Maybe this will finally teach me that these reiterations of a story just aren’t my cup of tea. However, I will continue drinking the Levithan Kool-Aid ‘cause the fella’s writing is pretty much the bees knees . . .
“I wonder how I can be so full of him while he’s so empty of me.”
“We stand there for a few seconds, or maybe a few minutes, hand in hand, forehead on forehead, lips gently on lips, drained entirely of longing, because everything’s been found.”
“The universe, at this moment, is romantic. And I want it. I want it so badly. I want the touch of his lips on mine. I want the way my heart is pounding. I want this nest, my body and his body. I want it because it’s that unreal kind of real.”
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.