Someday is the sequel to the YA novel Every Day, which offers the interesting premise of a person who wakes up in the body someone else each day. "A," as the character calls themselves, has no body of their own and never knows what life they will be living from day to day--but they try to be good stewards of the people they inhabit each day, mostly just trying to get through without causing harm. In Every Day, A fell in love with Rhiannon and grappled with the difficulties of a relationship under such bizarre circumstances.
They also encountered another "traveler" named X, who doesn't have intentions quite so noble and who wants to partner with A. Someday puts X in pursuit of A, with Rhiannon and her friends in the middle, and A and Rhiannon still agonizing over how to manage their love for one another.
While this last piece--the romance--is the weakness of the book (it suffers for the angsty passages that could be in any teen romance), the overall premise was enough to keep me reading.
But what's most interesting about this book is not really the story itself, but the unique way that David Levithan weaves in discussions on identity, gender, acceptance, morality, love, art, and a whole host of other issues relevant to teens. It's not subtle, but the issues are framed in such a way to make the reader ponder them and how they might apply outside of the fantastical world of body-hopping beings.
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The sequel to the New York Times bestseller Every Day, now a major motion picture starring Angourie Rice.
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?
Praise for Every Day:
“A story that is always alluring, oftentimes humorous and much like love itself– splendorous.” —Los Angeles Times
“Wise, wildly unique.” —EW