A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that David Levithan's Someday is the author's third novel about real-life high school girl Rhiannon and the character called A, who wakes every morning in the body of a different teen. As in the previous books, Every Day and Another Day, the nature of this premise raises -- or rather erases -- questions about the importance of gender identity, sexual orientation, and physical appearance. Likewise, race, class, and nationality are rendered almost meaningless. What matters is the love between individuals who support and understand each other. This novel includes a little profanity (including "f--k" once or twice), teens kissing, and a couple of references to sex, though there's no graphic sexual activity in the book. There's some violence: A teen boy is bullied and beaten badly, and another boy is threatened with a knife and later struck in the knee with a baseball bat. The bodiless character X brags about his power to commit murder. One character is told he was possessed by the devil, and though readers know this is false, the power struggle between good and bad in the world of the novel may read like a struggle for the boy's soul.
What's the story?
SOMEDAY, David Levithan's third novel about a real girl named Rhiannon and a bodiless person called A, picks up where the other two books, Every Day and Another Day, left off. Though she's romantically involved with an artistic, easygoing boy named Alexander, Rhiannon misses A and wishes she could be with A. Meanwhile, though A has relocated to another part of the United States, feeling that Rhiannon is better off without him, A feels pulled back by love for Rhiannon as well as a commitment to protect her and her friends from another bodiless person who seems to be dangerous. Rhiannon and A must decide if there's a way to move their strange relationship forward, and what they're willing to risk in the name of what's right.
Is it any good?
Once again, David Levithan has created a fascinating world inhabited by bodiless people as well as humans, and he's upped the ante for Rhiannon and A with an epic moral struggle. Levithan has a remarkable talent for drawing teen characters, and for elegantly raising personal and topical issues without hitting his readers over the head with them. Someday doesn't stand on its own quite as well as Another Day does, but readers who enjoyed Every Day and Another Day will certainly want to follow the story of this couple and the other endearing bodiless and human teens that populate the novel.
There's just one little flaw that teen readers and their parents will likely notice: In the world of this book, teens' main social media platform is still Facebook.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the latest developments in the relationship between Rhiannon and A. Have they found the right way to be together? Can they have a future together?
A has complicated feelings about X, though their friends with human bodies see a clear line between good and bad. How would you judge these characters?
The teens in this novel, and some parents, are enthusiastic about participating in the Equality March for LGBTQ rights. What cause is meaningful to you? What is the purpose of peaceful protest?
- Author: David Levithan
- Genre: Romance
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Friendship, High School, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Random House Children's Books
- Publication date: October 2, 2018
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 18
- Number of pages: 400
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, Kindle
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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