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“Every Day” by David Levithan was one of my favourite reads of 2015, so when I found out that he was making a sequel and it was being published by Penguin Random House, I knew I needed to request it and read it! Thanks to the amazing people at PRH, I received a finished (!) copy of it, and read it basically right after I got it. I had really high expectations for this book, but I honestly didn’t (and still don’t) think that “Everyday” needed a sequel… but of course I had to read it!
NOTE: This is the second (third? – I didn’t read “Another Day”) book in the “Everyday” series written by David Leviathan. Since this is a sequel, I may (unintentionally) spoil parts of the first book. If you haven’t read it, I would HIGHLY recommend it!
Every day a new body. Every day a new life. Every day a new choice.
For as long as A can remember, life has meant waking up in a different person’s body every day, forced to live as that person until the day ended. A always thought there wasn’t anyone else who had a life like this.
But A was wrong. There are others.
A has already been wrestling with powerful feelings of love and loneliness. Now comes an understanding of the extremes that love and loneliness can lead to — and what it’s like to discover that you are not alone in the world.
In Someday, David Levithan takes readers further into the lives of A, Rhiannon, Nathan, and the person they may think they know as Reverend Poole, exploring more deeply the questions at the core of Every Day and Another Day What is a soul? And what makes us human?
The synopsis seemed very promising. When I found out they were going to introduce other people/another main character like A in “Someday”, I was really excited to read it and was looking forward to finally getting answers to my questions from A and other people like him. However, that is not exactly how the book went. While new people and perspectives were introduced (more on that later), it was mostly about Reverend Poole (A.K.A. “X”). Instead of acting like X was an enemy, I wish they would have joined forces and had a deeper connection. This would have added more character development to A, as well as give the readers answers to their questions.
That being said, I still loved and enjoyed reading about/from the perspective of the different characters. While a lot of different perspectives can sometimes make the book difficult to read/follow (like in “Dry“), Leviathan made each perspective seem very different, which, looking back, probably wasn’t hard to do since each character had a very different part of the story to tell and a very different attitude towards their circumstances. To this day, A is one of the most interesting characters I have ever read about. His perspective on life and the way people live is so interesting, especially considering the very unique life he lives. I know a lot of people didn’t love Rhiannon in “Everyday”, but I really enjoyed her character in both of the novels. Trying to love somebody when they are in different bodies everyday is a mind blowing concept. She developed a lot throughout “Someday” and she was very realistic about their unique situation and relationship she had formed with Alexander (her boyfriend from school). Nathan was also a very interesting perspective to read from. He was getting a lot of the harm from X throughout the first half of the novel, which was strange since he basically had nothing to do with the storyline, however it didn’t add any harm to the plot and made it everything that much more urgent. X was the most unique perspective to read from. Since I was so used to A’s way of life and his thoughts on the way he uses his life while in others bodies, it was interesting to see somebody “abuse their power” and try to make others lives miserable (this is NOT a spoiler, it is mentioned within X’s first chapter in the novel). The characters added a lot to the story, and were one of the main reasons why I wanted to read this book in the first place.
Of course, in a story like A’s, there will be a lot of different settings/places written about in the book. This can be hard to follow, since a lot of setting development needs to take place to fully understand exactly where the characters are. Levithan does this perfectly when picking places for the characters to go, especially since there are over/at least five places we read about between the four different perspectives. I enjoyed all of the settings I read about in this book, and while they weren’t detrimental to the story line, they were an important part of the characters meeting up and connecting.
Without Levithan great writing style, it would have been hard to follow the story and different settings throughout the entirety of the novel. The way he can seamlessly piece a crazy story together with his words is incredible. He has by far one of the best writing styles out of any other author I have read books from.
Even though Levithan has magical ways with words, there were still some parts of the book I found unnecessary. I felt like the middle dragged on a lot, and a lot of the minor details were not needed. It took me quite a while to read this book (or at least more time than the other recent books have), and I think it’s because of the small details that were not needed. While I enjoyed reading about Rhiannon’s personal life, a lot of the meetings between her and her friends were unimportant, especially since she had already made up her mind about not telling anybody about A regardless of her “relationship woah’s” with Alexander. Like I said, I would have enjoyed reading more conversations between A and X, or even Nathan and X. I think that would have added more detail into the story, and would have made it a lot quicker to read.
The ending of the novel saved it for me. I thought it was extremely well written, and I didn’t see it coming AT ALL. I knew Rhiannon and Nathan wanted revenge on X, but since they were originally just going to meet to talk, I had no idea that it would spiral into a much bigger event (no spoilers here!). It was definitely one of the best endings that I never saw coming.
Though the story is majorly about A and his life and connections with Rhiannon and the others, my favourite minor/secondary plot lines to read about was Peter and Liam. I absolutely LOVED their little story, even though it had no impact on the original story whatsoever. The ending for them was amazing, and I never saw it coming. I would be really interested in reading a book focused on them and their relationship.
While I did enjoy reading this book for the most part, I still don’t see a point to it. “Everyday” was such a great standalone novel, so I didn’t see a point in a sequel. I still had questions unanswered after reading the first book, but the questions about the plot line were better left unanswered. Since the second book didn’t really answer any of my original questions, it wasn’t as great of a book as I thought it would be.
Thanks again to Penguin Random House for sending along a copy of this book, I’m so thankful for this opportunity!
Thanks for reading my book review! Have you read “Someday” by David Levithan? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts… tweet me @Readingreadingr and we can discuss!
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