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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Another Day is David Levithan's companion book to his bestselling Every Day. Many of the same issues surrounding identity, gender, love, and attraction are explored from a different perspective -- main character Rhiannon's -- and you don't have to have read Every Day to enjoy and learn a lot from this teen romance with a twist. Older teens frequently drink to excess, although the narrator Rhiannon is a good role model when it comes to alcohol. The teens also frequently use profanity such as "s--t" and "f--k." There are two or three emotionally intense kissing and make-out events. Less intense are a couple of times Rhiannon and Justin have sex; her detached emotions are described in detail, but physical actions aren't. Teen suicide and cutting wrists are mentioned, and there are a couple of good discussions among the teens about racism, sexism, and why and when girls are seen as "slutty."
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What's the story?
Rhiannon, 16, has an incredible day at the beach with her boyfriend Justin. They've never been as close, and it's finally given her the confidence that they have something worth keeping, despite all their problems. Soon she meets another boy, Nathan, with whom she feels an almost identical connection to the one she felt with Justin on that really good day. Then she starts feeling that connection with other random new people she meets. The truth about why and how she's feeling the same connection to different people will cause her to question the meaning of love, attraction, relationships, gender, and even her perception of her own body and how physical traits define us. Meanwhile, she starts to fall for someone else and has to figure out how or whether to break up with Justin to pursue a love she's not even sure is possible.
Is it any good?
David Levithan has created a thought-provoking and utterly believable teen romance by turning the events of the bestselling Every Day inside out and upside down. The premise is simplicity itself: telling the events of his earlier novel from Rhiannon's perspective. But the achievement is much more elegant than that. The novel both stands firmly on its own and is a perfect companion to the first installment.
As we've come to expect, his character's voice is rock solid and compelling and guides the reader through an exploration of love, attraction, identity, gender, and our relationships with our own and others' bodies. The fantastical element is so firmly grounded in the book's reality that teen readers will ask themselves, as Rhiannon frequently does, "If this is possible, what else is possible?"
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether this is a companion book or a sequel. What's the difference? Why do you think David Levithan wrote this book?
Rhiannon wonders if she can be open to A, who's not her "type," because their emotional connection is always strong. Do you think you could be open to at least getting to know someone who isn't your type?
Early on, Rhiannon says that "if happiness feels real, it almost doesn't matter if it's real or not." What does she mean? Do you agree?
- Author: David Levithan
- Genre: Romance
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Friendship, High School
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Random House Children's Books
- Publication date: August 25, 2015
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
- Number of pages: 336
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: November 04, 2019
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