Companion to Every Day
By David Levithan
Available now from Knopf BFYR (Penguin Random House)
Read my review of Every Day
Note: ANOTHER DAY can be read independently of EVERY DAY. I have read EVERY DAY, so this review contains spoilers.
Spoilery note: A considers themselves to be the gender of the body they're currently in. I could switch pronouns to reflect this, or default to one gender, but I intend to identify A gender neutrally. This is not a reflection of how A identifies, just shorthand for this review.
ANOTHER DAY covers the same time period as EVERY DAY. Rhiannon and A meet (although she doesn't know it), and their love story goes from there. Some people may not want to read a repeat of events, but I think Rhiannon's point of view is sometimes more interesting than A's. She's less philosophical, a normal girl suddenly faced with the unexplainable.
I do wish ANOTHER DAY had started a little earlier. Rhiannon and Justin's relationship has soured, but Rhiannon still thinks it is worth fighting for, so she doesn't give up even though Justin treats her horribly. It makes more sense while inside her head than A's, but it might make even more if we got a glimpse at the good days. I do like that ANOTHER DAY concludes with Rhiannon forging her own path, seeking what she wants instead of trying to deliver what her significant other wants. It's also a great hook for a straight-up sequel.
I liked that Rhiannon had a mix of mundane and more fantastical struggles. Her friends don't like her boyfriend - standard high school stuff. Her significant other is a different body every day - not so normal. Sometimes she isn't physically attracted to the person she's in love with? Somewhere between the two. (And I liked that David Levithan worked to course-correct the fat-shaming in EVERY DAY. Rhiannon isn't turned off by that body, but she is turned off by the way A is ashamed of it.)
Rhiannon's growth throughout ANOTHER DAY is wonderful. She's a bit of a doormat at the beginning, and struggles with respecting herself for a long time. She's a terrifically real young woman, although A's instant and intense attraction seems rather inexplicable at times. In the end, I thought Rhiannon's point of view was just as strong as A's.