Why 'Another Day' is our must-read for fall
In 2012, David Levithan gave us Every Day: The story of a soul who switches bodies every 24 hours without control of where (or who) they will end up. As a result, A has learned to never get attached — until the day A wakes up in the body of a boy named Justin and falls deeply, irreversibly in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. The book is, without doubt, one of the best YA books of the past few years, and one of the most unusual love stories of all time. And now, Levithan has created its companion piece.
Another Day gives us Rhiannon’s side of the story — and we are completely in love all over again. Here are just a few reasons why this book is our must-read for fall.
It offers Rhiannon’s perspective of the story.
In Every Day, we got to see A’s perspective of the world — but Another Day flips the script and tells Rhiannon’s side of things. It’s a must-read for fans of the first book, and fills in some of the gaps regarding how Rhiannon feels about her very peculiar situation.
It perfectly captures what it’s like to be a teen.
Few YA writers have mastered what it’s like to be a teenager like David Levithan. Another Day is absolutely no exception. Throughout the book, there are moments of poignancy that feel like an arrow straight to the heart for anyone who is or has ever been a teen — particularly when it comes to falling in love.
It proves that every day has the potential to be amazing.
You never know when an ordinary day will turn out to be extraordinary. Both Every Day and Another Day remind us that any day has the potential to be amazing if we let it be.
It reminds us to value every moment.
Likewise, Another Day reminds us to savor our happiest moments and to appreciate everything that we have in life.
It teaches us the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy relationship.
We all deserve to feel valued, and to be loved unconditionally. Rhiannon’s boyfriend, Justin, doesn’t treat her the way she should be treated — and their relationship suffers as a result. While the relationship between Rhiannon and A is certainly not a conventional one, the way they communicate with and treat one another makes for a far healthier and more respectful dynamic.
It shows us that we can’t choose who we love.
Love is a pesky little thing that sneaks up on us when we least expect it. While we may not get to choose who we fall for, Another Day reminds us that above all else, it’s what’s on the inside that counts most.
Another Day is available here.