Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes tells the story of a high school student who is overcome by supernatural abilities every other day. The novel begins by providing the audience with a quick glimpse into the fantastical life of Kali, a girl of Italian and Indian descent. Kali’s ordinary day at high school takes a sharp detour to the extraordinary when she befriends the quirky Skylar and the mysterious Bethany. As we follow the girls and others on their quest to save Kali’s friend, the story develops quickly and characters are shown to have multiple agendas. The novel ends just as it begins: exciting and intriguing.
Barnes does an excellent job of describing characters and events. My favorite part of the novel is the impeccable use of correct grammar. Seldom do young adult novels employ proper sentence structure and correct diction. I am so tired of reading a novel in which the author is unable to use varied sentences and relies heavily on clichés (I am looking at you, Stephanie Meyer). My least favorite aspect of the novel is the death of a character. It is, in my opinion, an unnecessary death. The story does not seem to develop as a result of the death, and I am unable to ascertain the reason for the deletion of the character.
My overall impression of “Every Other Day” is that it is a fun read, and I am patiently waiting for the next installment.
In exchange for an honest review, I received a free copy from the publisher.