Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the Every Day series
Source: eGalley from NetGalley.com
Rating: 3/5 stars
I got a copy of this book through NetGalley to review. This was basically Every Day told from Rhainnon’s point of view. There were parts of the story that I liked and sometimes it was interesting to hear from Rhiannon’s POV. However, I kind of felt like we already had a good idea of how she felt in Every Day. This made the story a bit boring…you already know what’s going to happen here.
Rhiannon has a very love/hate relationship with her boyfriend Justin, but then one day they take a day to go to the beach that is just perfect. It’s a day that makes Rhiannon think that Justin really does love her and this relationship will actually make it. However, the next day Justin doesn’t remember anything. Eventually Rhiannon finds out that the “Justin” she loved that day was not Justin at all but a person named A that lives in a different body every day. Will Rhiannon and A ever be able to make things work out?
I was really looking forward to the sequel to Every Day and this is not that book (I know Levithan discusses this in his opening to the book). At the end of this book we just get more mystery and loose ends just like at the end of Every Day (it’s basically the same story).
Maybe it’s because the concept wasn’t fresh and new and instead is a rehash of Every Day, but I thought the book was a bit boring. I also got a bit tired of Rhiannon’s constant whininess and her constant efforts to talk herself into being in love with her boyfriend Justin. She is honestly kind of a pitiful girl, although she does grow a bit as the story continues.
Yep, Rhiannon was a huge sticking point for me. I didn’t mind her in Every Day, but in this book there is too much of her. She is whiny and needy and self-deprecating; I just really found myself resenting her for most of the story.
Overall it was okay but not nearly as good as the first book. There are some parts where it is interesting to see Rhiannon’s outlook on things, but it wasn’t interesting enough to be a full book. I still really hope that we get to see a sequel to Every Day sometime soon. There are a lot of mysteries left open at the end of Every Day that I would love to see resolved. Definitely read Every Day before reading this one, Every Day is a much better book.
This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
– You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge