Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: I got an e-ARC copy on Netgalley from Knopf Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinions and thoughts.
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
The eagerly anticipated companion to David Levithan’s New York Times bestseller Every Day
In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.
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.
When I first found out about this book, I was over the moon excited. Every Day, the first book, was one of my very favorite books of 2013. I fell in love with it and it is still one of my favorite books. Then, I found out this was a companion and it decreased my excitement a bit. I enjoy companions but I don't like the ones that take a certain character and have them tell the exact story over again. I did not know that this was what it was until I opened my e-ARC and started reading.
I thought it would be a good idea to read Every Day before reading this one (didn't know this was the same exact story from a different POV) but that was definitely the wrong decision and it may have impacted my reading a bit. I read them back to back and it got quite boring because I had just read this story, except from a different point of view.
However, it did add some interesting points and discussions. This book is told from the point of view of Rhiannon, the girl main character in the first novel. I did enjoy her voice but found her a little annoying and hard to deal with at times but that could be because of the situation she is put in. Since the first book is about A, a "person" who wakes up in a new body every day, the book has an awesome aspect of fantasy. Since this book was written from Rhiannon, a "normal" girl, that fantasy aspect was not really there. That was one of the things I enjoyed most in book one so I didn't get that in this one but it's understandable.
Overall, I did enjoy this one and I thought it was a quick read. I didn't really enjoy the fact that it was a sequel with the same plot as the first book with a different point of view. I think I would have enjoyed an actual sequel more but maybe it just wasn't meant for this book. I don't think that reading this is necessary if you read (and maybe even enjoyed) Every Day but it did add interesting thoughts and discussions. I would say give it a try but give it some time and don't read it right after (re)reading Every Day. Learn from my mistakes. ;)
★ ★ ★ .5 / 5 stars