Title: Six Earlier Days (Every Day #0.5)
Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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The novel Every Day starts on Day 5994 of A’s life. In this digital-only collection Six Earlier Days, Levithan gives readers a glimpse at a handful of the other 5993 stories yet to be told that inform how A navigates the complexities of a life lived anew each day. (Source: Goodreads)
This prequel to David Levithan’s Every Day shares a few days from A’s life before he met Rhiannon. These stories don’t act to improve upon the back story or the mechanics of A’s body swapping, instead they act to show lessons that A learned before he met Rhiannon, and the ways in which he functioned in other people’s bodies on an average day.
I enjoyed this. I think it was cute, with some fantastic writing, though somewhat unnecessary. I don’t think this really added anything to the world of Every Day, which isn’t so great because that book definitely left a lot unanswered. I definitely think that the stories that Levithan explored in this were great reads, but like I said, they could just as well have not been written because they didn’t add anything to my understanding of the story.
The writing in this short story is the strong point. Levithan creates some really sweet and emotional moments, especially those of unrequited love, which kind of act as a precursor to what happens to A himself when he meets Rhiannon. The romance and sweetness of these moments were fantastic. I also really loved the story about the girl’s 10th birthday because the love of siblings that represented there was just so well written.
Other than that, this book doesn’t really provide any further insight into A as a character, or into how things work. I think this is one of the reason’s its hard to love Six Earlier Days. There were a lot of questions unanswered by the end of Every Day which means that most people were expecting some answers from this one. I don’t think even Levithan was prepared to provide those, and instead we get this weird prequel without any new information. There’s a sequel or companion piece expected next year but I hardly think that will provide anything further to the story.
Overall, a well written, if a little disappointing, addition to Every Day. I think it’s worth a read if you’re a fan of Levithan, but not really required reading for fans of the book.