After having read and loved Every Day, this just wasn’t the story I wanted, which is not the story’s fault, but I still irrationally blame it. I didn’t realize, when I picked this up, that it wouldn’t be from A’s perspective, which was what I wanted most of all. I think this would have been great in short form, as a novella, but as a whole novel, it was often tedious and repetitive of book one.
It’s a companion novel to Every Day, told from Rhiannon’s perspective. She’s not bad, but to be honest, I don’t find her all that interesting. The first half was rough for me, because I felt as if the story wasn’t telling me anything new, and I was not a big fan of reading yet another story about a teenage girl who devalues herself, dates a mean, crappy guy, and seems to have no real interests, hobbies, abilities, or hopes for her future. Blah! Boring and overdone.
But I kept reading and got over my grumpiness and disappointment with this story. Rhiannon did some growing and changing, which was nice to see. It’s still not my favorite story ever, but I logically can’t blame the book for not being what I wanted. The first half is very repetitive of the first book, but it feels like, as the story continues, it delves into some new material, which made the last half of the story more interesting.
I don’t love this book, but I did find that I couldn’t stop reading it. It’s well-written, and I wanted to see how it all worked out once I started.
Honestly, I hate how it all worked out in the end, but it’s not a silly or illogical ending. I just didn’t find it satisfying, after all that reading, but I guess I shouldn’t have expected it to be. The end kind of made me wish I had stopped at book one. I guess I was hoping for the end to help redeem the fact that the book was a bit tedious, but maybe that was also unfair of me.