Again Again
In this novel full of surprises from the New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud, E. Lockhart ups the ante with an inventive and romantic story about human connection, forgiveness, self-discovery, and possibility.If you could live your life again, what would you do differently?After a near-fatal family catastrophe and an unexpected romantic upheaval, Adelaide Buchwald finds herself catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times—while finally confronting the secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind.A raw, funny story that will surprise you over and over, Again Again gives us an indelible heroine grappling with the terrible and wonderful problem of loving other people.

Again Again Details

TitleAgain Again
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 2nd, 2020
PublisherDelacorte Press
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, Young Adult Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Romance, Teen, Magical Realism, High School

Again Again Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 stars. Now, this is the sort of YA contemporary I love: wistful, bittersweet, and sad, but hopeful too.Again Again is actually quite different to anything Lockhart has written before. I was a big fan of her earlier fun "chick-lit" stuff and never really got on board with her dabbles in the mystery/thriller genre, but while this one is definitely more suited to my tastes, I would say it is not much like her recent thrillers OR her older fluffy books. It's a book about love and loving, but i 4 1/2 stars. Now, this is the sort of YA contemporary I love: wistful, bittersweet, and sad, but hopeful too.Again Again is actually quite different to anything Lockhart has written before. I was a big fan of her earlier fun "chick-lit" stuff and never really got on board with her dabbles in the mystery/thriller genre, but while this one is definitely more suited to my tastes, I would say it is not much like her recent thrillers OR her older fluffy books. It's a book about love and loving, but it is not, in my opinion, a romance. At the start of the book, we meet Adelaide as she struggles in the aftermath of a devastating break-up, as she tries to juggle her feelings about her brother and his opioid addiction, as she falls in love, maybe, possibly, with someone new. Alongside the main plot, we also see Adelaide's story play out in different universes, in snippets of what might have happened, what could have happened, what never did, if she had made other choices. I was unsure about this at first, but I really grew to love it as the story progressed.There is something about the multiverse theory, especially when applied to love and relationships that might have happened or never did happen, that makes me quite inexplicably sad. I think Lockhart taps into that here. There's a lot going on here for such a short book (304 pages and that's including many pages of texts); a lot of food for thought.The author sensitively portrays grief-- though not the kind that follows a death, as we most often see in YA --and the effects of addiction on the families of the addict. Emotions are complex in this book, just as they are in real life, and Adelaide battles with complicated feelings of love, fear and anger following her brother's relapse. Which emotion wins out? Well, that depends on what universe you live in.In the end, Again Again shows there's good and bad, happiness and sorrow, wins and losses in every universe. For every chance you didn't take, there's another one you did. It's about accepting the good with the bad. I thought it was all quite beautiful.Facebook | Instagram
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    My head is spinning so fast and I’m truly seeing the stars. I think I start singing “Swinging on a star” right now. ( Which reminded me the heist scene of Bruce Willis’ Hudson Hawk movie. See I’m already thought hungover after reading the book!) Sometimes if we have second or third chances to do something differently and even though we choose the different paths at the end each path may drag us into the same consequence. Maybe we cannot prevent the inevitable, maybe we’re just puppets who think My head is spinning so fast and I’m truly seeing the stars. I think I start singing “Swinging on a star” right now. ( Which reminded me the heist scene of Bruce Willis’ Hudson Hawk movie. See I’m already thought hungover after reading the book!) Sometimes if we have second or third chances to do something differently and even though we choose the different paths at the end each path may drag us into the same consequence. Maybe we cannot prevent the inevitable, maybe we’re just puppets who think we can control our own strings which we called them freewill and beat the master to perform our own life plays. “Again and again” is a complex story makes you think “what ifs” of your life, your regrets, your wishes to redoing something, changing your life. What if there are parallel universes and different version of ourselves act different, talk different and show different reactions to the same curveball life throws you. Could you be braver, happier, lonelier, more determined, more devastated, more regretful? Yes, this book opens up can of worms and make you question everything in your life, confusing the hell of you, frying your brain cells, pushing you out of the comfort zone but eventually it helps you to accept things you cannot change and hidden message is forgiving yourself and approving your choices you made, the actions you took, and the words came out of your mouth. This story is so unique, thought-provoking, remarkable and exhausting. You may give your full concentration because you read alternated versions of the same events between the characters at the same time and sometimes you can ask yourself: “What”, “Ha!”, “ Wait a minute, come again!” and you turn back to reread to make sure you understand everything correctly. Our heroine Adelaide is sad, heart- broken, suffers from egg yolk of misery( her definition of depression in her own words). She tries to look vivid, happy, strong but she cannot act anymore: she misses her unique relationship with her brother who is an addict and she is so scared he’s going to relapse again. She wants to take care of him, playing weird vegetable attack games, sharing her secrets and gossiping about parents’ over protective attitudes. She also wants to be loved; but her boyfriend ended her 8 month relationship and now she meets with Jack when she’s dog-walking and she remembers him wrote a poem for her during their first meeting at a party in Boston two years ago (She still keeps the poem inside her wallet). She starts to think she might be the one. So she has so many alternated versions of her own story to prove herself that her guts tell her the truth or she cannot be so wrong!Overall; this is quiet fascinating story about the loss (not as a grief but connection loss with the loved ones you shared important parts of your life), siblings, addiction, family, love, future plans, regrets, choices. I loved Adelaide’s profession choice and the ideas she brought out when she was designing theater set of “Fool for Love”. That design was also the reflection of her family’s skeletons in the closet and unhealthy relationship patterns she has. It might look like sad, depressing, mind-bending story but when you finish it, you realize you read something surprisingly promising, hopeful and refreshing and you start smiling, taking a deep breath and keep on thinking your other version of yourself and what would you do if you more chances to do over things!Yes, I loved this promising premise. I enjoyed Adelaide’s story and I loved the book’s approach to help me get a closer look to my own life. Full, well-deserved, complex but also entertaining stars!Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children’s/Delacorte Press fro sharing this unique ARC with me in exchange my honest review.
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  • Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestDNF @ p.40I have a new policy where if a book doesn't grab me within the first 30-40 pages, I no longer finish the book unless I absolutely have to. I feel like if a book fails to grab you from the beginning, or at least make you think it will, that is a shortcoming great enough that it warrants a review. AGAIN AGAIN was a book I was excited about ever since I first heard about it because I've been a fan of Lockhart since high school (do Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestDNF @ p.40I have a new policy where if a book doesn't grab me within the first 30-40 pages, I no longer finish the book unless I absolutely have to. I feel like if a book fails to grab you from the beginning, or at least make you think it will, that is a shortcoming great enough that it warrants a review. AGAIN AGAIN was a book I was excited about ever since I first heard about it because I've been a fan of Lockhart since high school (don't ask how long ago that was) with her Ruby Oliver series, which was much edgier than a lot of the offerings that were being promoted to me and my fellow kiddos at the time.With books like WE WERE LIARS and GENUINE FRAUD, she seemed to get edgier, and trying to capitalize on the growing trend of Gillian Flynn-esque mysteries among the 13-18 set. A lot of my friends didn't like WE WERE LIARS, but I actually really enjoyed it-- far more than Ruby Oliver, even. I love unreliable narrators and I liked the fact that there were no easy answers or flawless characters in the book.AGAIN AGAIN isn't like Lockhart's earlier or later stuff, so if I am to give kudos for one thing, it's that this is an author who constantly seems to be evolving and trying new things. She doesn't stagnate. Which is a check when it comes to creative progress, but kind of hard for us readers, who will never really be 100% certain whether one of her books will be for us-- they're all so different.The premise is that there are two(?) timelines in this book, and I guess we get to see how the heroine, Adelaide, makes different decisions that change the progress of each world? It's not science-fiction so much as a speculative young adult work with some mild supernatural events fueling the plot, kind of like how BEFORE I FALL did the same thing with life after death-- only this heroine isn't dead. I thought the premise was interesting, but I couldn't easily tell the difference between the two timelines which made reading confusing,I was also really not a fan of the writing style. This had a pretentious, forcibly artistic "Maggie Stiefvater vibe" to it that I really did not like at all. The heroine likes poetry and some parts are in verse and it just feels way too affected and pretentious, and I did not enjoy it at all. Some might, particularly if you enjoy Maggie Stiefvater, but I hate that author's work and steer clear of it at all costs, so seeing one of my faves start writing in that kind of style felt like a betrayal.Your mileage may vary, of course. But I know what I like and don't like in fiction, and it seemed pointless to force myself through this book as soon as it became clear that it wouldn't be something I enjoyed. I think if you enjoyed her newer books because of their edge, you should avoid this one, because it has none. It feels like a YA that is being targeted at a much younger audience.Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! 1 to 1.5 stars
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  • Nataliya
    January 1, 1970
    “And this other guy, he makes you happy?”“It’s not his job to make me happy,” she told him.” Building a book around a gimmick takes some courage. If it doesn’t resonate with the reader, the book may end up forever discarded, spending its life in a sad dusty corner. But if it works, then your bold approach has paid off and the book can be smugly proud of its shiny fancy self.I’ll start with the gimmick that almost triggered a migraine.For no discernible reasonthe narrationbreaks into a verseat “And this other guy, he makes you happy?”“It’s not his job to make me happy,” she told him.” Building a book around a gimmick takes some courage. If it doesn’t resonate with the reader, the book may end up forever discarded, spending its life in a sad dusty corner. But if it works, then your bold approach has paid off and the book can be smugly proud of its shiny fancy self.I’ll start with the gimmick that almost triggered a migraine.For no discernible reasonthe narrationbreaks into a verseat least once per page or so it seems,out of the blue.And it getsannoying.And then the narration resumes as though there has not been any interruption.I’m not sure what all this random switching back and forth is supposed to achieve besides a headache. Maybe it’s supposed to be artsy or evoke the memory of a poem Jack once wrote for Adelaide or remind nostalgically of teenage poetry-writing days. I have no clue, but what I do have is mild annoyance. Another gimmick is the entire structure of the book. The titular “Again Again”, which does exactly what it says on the tin. Yes, it has a purpose - for that Part IV of the book to have any emotional impact. But in the meantime it does take a while to adjust to it. “That summer she would fall in and out of love more than once,in different waysin different possible worlds.” The idea, brought up at a random party full of aspiring philosophers, is that of multiverses where “There’s got to be another possible world for every way that our world might have been but isn’t”. And so from the moment of Adelaide meeting Jack on the first day of that eventful summer we see the events play out in small snippets, every situation shown in a few possible permutations showing us what could have been. To keep it simple, each of these possible versions is in a slightly different font, and our “main” story of what actually happened in the universe that we follow is therefore easy to follow — but with the added benefit of knowing bits and pieces that played out in the other universes in this multiverse, knowing things that the “main” Adelaide does not yet know or see. And all those angles and permutations and insights from these parallel-ish universes flesh out otherwise unremarkable story of a summer in a young girl’s life, her heartbreaks and hopes and a journey to self-realization. (Although also at times they make me wonder why in the world we follow this particular universe out of all the other ones, and why I am supposed to care.) (view spoiler)[And then we have that Part IV which can be interpreted as a long-awaited catharsis of maturation — or a cheap trick to rewrite the whole messy story in a “good” way. (hide spoiler)]————————Adelaide Buchwald is seventeen, and secretly unhappy. On the surface she holds it together - a happy, “talky” and “sparkly” girl with a perfect boyfriend, enrolled in a fancy boarding prep school where her father teaches — a school that offers fancy-pants classes such as Greek and Set Design and a class in making puppets (no, really) and all such dream stuff: “Alabaster Preparatory Academy is a boarding school. It is the sort of place that offers classes like Eastern Religions, Theories of Popular Culture, and Microeconomic Theory. Students play lacrosse and row crew. They live in quaint residence halls that smell of wood and have no elevators. There is a chapel with large stained-glass windows. Most of the buildings are gray stone. There are woods on one side of the campus, and there’s a small town on the other.” But her shiny sparkly pretend happiness is just a plaster covering the cracks. Adelaide’s formerly ordinary world becomes fractured after her younger brother Toby has a near-fatal opioid overdose and ends up in rehab — twice. Her world now encompasses hurt and fear, disappointment and mistrust — and deep sadness. To cope, she puts on a sparkly veneer of pretend happiness while seemingly falling in love with her perfect boyfriend Mikey. “Adelaide wasn’t depressed. She never felt bleak. She had energy. She was talky. She painted her fingernails green and wore floral-print dresses and enormous cardigan sweaters.But you can be talky and paint your fingernails and still be very sad.In fact, you can be talky and paint your fingernails to protect other people from how sad you are.” But as this story starts, the veneer begins to crack. The perfect boyfriend Mikey realizes he does not love her, and casually dumps her. And now she faces a summer on the empty campus with dog-walking as her only distraction. Well, and her obsessive attraction to Jack - who is handsome and mysterious and who does not remember not only having met her before but also having written her a poem once, years prior. Jack, who certainly can make her happy. Or maybe it’s Mikey who can make her happy. Or maybe Jack. Or whoever fits that perfect boyfriend mold. “Romantic obsessional tendency—that is not a good quality in a person.” —————————This is a story about Adelaide dealing with issues, about learning to find and assert herself, about realizing that you cannot let others deal with the burden of making you who you need to be, of making you happy. This is a story about finding clarity to deal with things and accept yourself and make yourself be a person you want to be. With the balance of sweet and slightly safely edgy-ish, it is nothing earth-shattering, really.But the memorable thing about the book, something that (outside of the gimmicks) broke the mold for me was Adelaide’s brother Toby, the recovering addict whose downward spiral had been the turning point of Adelaide’s life. Toby’s story (unlike Adelaide’s obsessive teenage struggles) actually felt like it had resonance and weight. Toby, who at fifteen is realizing the weight of the mess his addiction created and needs to figure out how to deal with it and how to be this new person who is always marred by who he used to be. And it’s sad and heartbreaking, and thoughtful. “I AM NOT THE GUY WHO did narcotics and told the lies and took cash from your wallet and wouldn’t talk to you and acted terrible in therapy and was just a thunder-butt.I mean, I did all that stuff. I just don’t want to walk around every day saying to myself, I am a complete and utter shit. I feel like a reasonably nice human.I would rather say I used to be an addict.But that is NOT what you are supposed to say.You have to say, I am an addict.[…]And Mom is scared of the addict.Justifiably scared,Like it might take me over, like a werewolf changing at the full moon.And she can’t trust the me that’s here because of the addict that’s inside” So yeah. There were parts that resonated with me, and there were parts where I was really wondering about the point of endless permutations of mundane conversations and events — what did they really accomplish here?Sweet book, but perhaps not too memorable. But managedto put me off reading random versefor a while. 3 stars. “And this other guy, he makes you happy?”“It’s not his job to make me happy,” she told him.”
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  • Tatiana
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this was lovely, bittersweet and melancholy. And welcome back, E. Lockhart. I was afraid you'd succumbed fully to the mystery genre, to writing of the stories I don't enjoy.I wouldn't call Again Again a complete return to the lighter chick-lit-type stuff of her early writing career. But this is monumentally better than the unfortunate Genuine Fraud. Again Again is a story about accepting the pain and joys of loving people. The cover might give one an impression that this is a romance, whic Well, this was lovely, bittersweet and melancholy. And welcome back, E. Lockhart. I was afraid you'd succumbed fully to the mystery genre, to writing of the stories I don't enjoy.I wouldn't call Again Again a complete return to the lighter chick-lit-type stuff of her early writing career. But this is monumentally better than the unfortunate Genuine Fraud. Again Again is a story about accepting the pain and joys of loving people. The cover might give one an impression that this is a romance, which it is, somewhat, however the focus of Again Again is on allowing yourself to love, even with the knowledge that this love (romantic, sibling) can and will bring you heartache. I know I am being unclear and rambly. You just need to explore this for yourself. Lockhart achieved quite a lot of depth in this work, even though the novel is set in a pretty standard YA landscape of school, family and romantic woes. And her characters, unfailingly, are great conversationalists, if you don't mind the uppity, a-bit-too-precocious tone of her works.There is also an interesting gimmick (?) of the same events playing out in different parallel worlds inserted here. For a lot of this novel I thought it had only entertainment value, but the last part of the book pulled it all together. All in all, a delightful reading experience, made even more so by my simultaneous binge of DEVS. #multiverseftw.
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    This book is tough to rate because while I did have some problems with the story, l appreciate how the author was creative in her storytelling. There were aspects of the story I really loved, particularly the storyline involving the brother. But as a whole, I wouldn't say this was the most satisfying read. I do think there are readers who will connect more with the story and character than I did.High school student Adelaide Buchwald is spending her summer as a dog walker. And that's pretty much This book is tough to rate because while I did have some problems with the story, l appreciate how the author was creative in her storytelling. There were aspects of the story I really loved, particularly the storyline involving the brother. But as a whole, I wouldn't say this was the most satisfying read. I do think there are readers who will connect more with the story and character than I did.High school student Adelaide Buchwald is spending her summer as a dog walker. And that's pretty much all you need to know other than the story explores alternate realities or scenarios or whatever you want to call them. Throughout the course of the book a situation plays out but then you get the chance to see if the outcome is different if something else had been said or done differently by Adelaide. Sounds confusing? Well yeah, it kinda was confusing. I've read a couple other books that went the alternate scenarios route and really enjoyed them but I wasn't impressed with the execution of it in this book. The heart of the story for me was everything regarding Adelaide's brother, Toby. There was just so much raw honesty that resonated with me. It's amazing how I've seen the same subject explored in many other novels, but yet I walked away from reading this one and felt like the author managed to convey something in a new way. I actually would have preferred if more of the book revolved around him instead of so much devoted to Adelaide's love life. Other than a few moments here and there, I just wasn't invested in the romance elements of the story. This was my first time reading a book by this author and even though this wasn't a perfect read, I can at least recognize she is a talented writer. Not all books are going to be an exact fit for every reader and I would much rather read a story that aims high and misses the mark a bit than one that doesn't even attempt to bring something new to the table. I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Angela Staudt
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.“Or maybe our encounter was in another possible world. That is, in one of the countless other versions of this universe, the worlds running parallel to this one, we are already in love.”I don’t really know how I feel about this book. I absolutely loved the author’s book We Were Liars, and internally screamed when I was approved for an eARC, but I just don’t really know what I read. I enjoyed some aspects of this book, but for the m Thank you NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.“Or maybe our encounter was in another possible world. That is, in one of the countless other versions of this universe, the worlds running parallel to this one, we are already in love.”I don’t really know how I feel about this book. I absolutely loved the author’s book We Were Liars, and internally screamed when I was approved for an eARC, but I just don’t really know what I read. I enjoyed some aspects of this book, but for the most part I didn’t really like how it was written.We follow Adelaide who is staying on campus for the summer, and is a dog walker of five dogs. Her relationship with her boyfriend has just ended abruptly and she is heartbroken. Her brother is a recovering addict and she has a lot of emotions about everything, but puts on a happy face and never really brings up those emotions. This book explores alternate realties and the, “what ifs” that we all face in life. We see multiple ways a moment in her life is going to go, but then we see how it actually played out.I went into this thinking it was going to be a unique look at love and have some form of alternate reality with it. After reading it, I think my least favorite part was the love component. I found Adelaide quite annoying with her love life, and she was kind of crazy with all of her boyfriends. I would have much rather read more about Toby, her brother and their relationship. How the author puts in those gut-wrenching moments of what addiction is like made my heart hurt. I loved reading the horrible honest truth of addiction. I really appreciated how Adelaide dealt with her brother and their relationship meant the most to me in this book.All in all, I still don’t really know what the author wanted to convey with readers, and it saddens me that I didn’t like this book. I just felt that the plot was bizarre, don’t get me wrong I love when authors experiment with unique story lines, but this one didn’t seem to have a main point. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters and it just fell flat for me.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    E. you have got to stop doing this to me!I only have the one heart! You can only fill it to the brim and then break it so many times before I drop dead!The concept of the multiverse is a very, very hard one to nail in fiction. (Please see my review of Blake Crouch's enormously awful attempt in "Dark Matter" for more on how easy it is to screw this up). It turns out simplicity and truth are the key. Adelaide is a teenage girl about to start her senior year at a pretty prestigious private school t E. you have got to stop doing this to me!I only have the one heart! You can only fill it to the brim and then break it so many times before I drop dead!The concept of the multiverse is a very, very hard one to nail in fiction. (Please see my review of Blake Crouch's enormously awful attempt in "Dark Matter" for more on how easy it is to screw this up). It turns out simplicity and truth are the key. Adelaide is a teenage girl about to start her senior year at a pretty prestigious private school that she attends because her dad is the new English literature teacher there. Well, she'll be starting her senior year if she doesn't flunk out. As the book, and her summer, begin she's got one chance left to create a set model for her theater design class in order to pass or she'll be looking for a new school come fall. To add insult to injury her boyfriend has just broken up with her and later dayed it out to Peurto Rico. Then there's the matter of her brother who is battling an incredibly serious illness. Adelaide has a lot on her plate in other words and any number of things could happen to disrupt the tenuous, taught tight rope she's currently walking on.What better subject then a teenage girl to explore the endless possibilities of the multi-verse with? Its that time in your life when all you do is consider the possibilities, what will happen if you do or don't talk to that boy, finish that project, say what you really mean when your mom asks how you are? Everything that happens to you is the most heart breaking, monumental, earth shattering, life changing thing that has ever happened in the whole history of the universe. E. Lockhart is also the perfect author to take on this kind of story. She is an absolute master of what I'm coming to think of as "a touch of strange." Her stories are incredibly grounded, her characters are very real people. But she manages to infuse her world's with just a bit of magic, enough to make it seem like it could be real. She takes Adelaides moments of indecision or tragedy or romantic hope and branches them out to give the reader multiple stories that somehow blend seamless together into one larger one. This isn't some hamhanded soap opera where you're constantly re-reading the same scenes over and over again. Its more like watching the waves come in while you sit on the beach. This wave comes up high enough to wipe away your sand castle, this one doesn't, this one comes all the way up and soaks your towel. Adelaide texts with a boy she likes and we see three quick versions of the conversation, each one totally believable and likely. She tries to show her project to her teacher, three different teachers respond to it in three different, totally viable ways. There's no transition between moments but it never feels stilted or stumbly. You start to realize how even the smallest of changes completing reframes the story but its hard to pinpoint exactly what happens to make things turn out differently becomes Adelaide herself stays fundamentally the same. She comes to certain realizations at different times but grows in the same organic, believable way. In some versions of her story she's a bit more sympathetic, more likable. In some she's clingy and insecure and harder to like. I wish books like this had been around when I was a green girl with so many feelings and hopes and needs and angry neediness. This is a total treasure, as I'm beginning to realize all E. Lockhart's books are.
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  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    I am conflicted!!On the one side, this book is not 'technically' a bad book. E. Lockhart is a wonderful storyteller. The story itself is also told in a fantastically creative way. On the other hand, I didn't actually enjoy the book. I wasn't satisfied. I wasn't as involved as I would have liked. I like to get lost in a story, and I simply couldn't do that here.All of that said, I do think this is an extremely interesting novel. Especially seeing the repetition of events happening in all the diff I am conflicted!!On the one side, this book is not 'technically' a bad book. E. Lockhart is a wonderful storyteller. The story itself is also told in a fantastically creative way. On the other hand, I didn't actually enjoy the book. I wasn't satisfied. I wasn't as involved as I would have liked. I like to get lost in a story, and I simply couldn't do that here.All of that said, I do think this is an extremely interesting novel. Especially seeing the repetition of events happening in all the different possibilities.Despite what the cover implies, this is not so much a romance novel, as it is a book about love. Love for yourself, for your family, for all the people that hurt you. If anything, the romantic aspect of the story was my least favorite part. I much preferred to see the family relations, especially between Adelaide and her brother, Toby. I enjoyed the way the book dealt with grief and loss. And I liked the fact that the loss is not related to death. It is the loss of a person that while they remain physically here, is lost to you in all other ways. Seeing how Toby's struggles with addiction and seeing how his family has fallen apart due to it was both interesting and heartbreaking.Overall, I thought the book to be well written and interesting, and yet, almost contradicting myself, I didn't fully enjoy it how I would have liked. I sill prefer E. Lockhart's We Were Liars. I also think this is the kind of book that a lot of people might not enjoy if you aren't familiar with, and interesting in, the author's style of writing. Follow Me Here Too: My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Again Again is the first book by E. Lockhart that I have read. This is a YA fiction book. I found it confusing at first the way that it was written, and it did take a while to get used to it. It was a quick read, with much of the text being in the form of text messages between the characters. It is the story of 17 year old Adelaide. Her younger brother is an opioid addict and she has moved away from him and her mother with her father to a boarding school where he is teaching. She has just broken Again Again is the first book by E. Lockhart that I have read. This is a YA fiction book. I found it confusing at first the way that it was written, and it did take a while to get used to it. It was a quick read, with much of the text being in the form of text messages between the characters. It is the story of 17 year old Adelaide. Her younger brother is an opioid addict and she has moved away from him and her mother with her father to a boarding school where he is teaching. She has just broken up with her boyfriend, she is in danger of being kicked out of school and she is not loving life much at the moment. It is the summer holidays and she meets Jack while out dog walking. We learn more about Adelaide and her family through her thoughts and text messages. We see how certain scenarios could play out with one slight change. This is where it got confusing in the beginning as there is no real warning about this. It was an interesting way to do things, but hard to stay track of at times.What I did love about this book was the relationship between Adelaide and her younger brother. They have become distant since his drug tacking started and it is heartbreaking to see how it affects Adelaide. It is clear how much she loves him and the conversations between them were my favourite parts of this book.Thanks to Allen and Unwin for my advanced copy of this book to read.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    What if you made other choices? What if your life was playing out in a different way in another reality? I cannot believe how wildly close to today’s reality Lockhart’s new book was and it was such a refreshing return to her writing that I loved. I wasn’t a fan of her thrillers, but this….felt very much like the E Lockhart I found so compelling before.Adelaide is at a boarding school, Alabaster Prep Academy, where her father is a teacher. Her mother and younger brother Toby are living still in B What if you made other choices? What if your life was playing out in a different way in another reality? I cannot believe how wildly close to today’s reality Lockhart’s new book was and it was such a refreshing return to her writing that I loved. I wasn’t a fan of her thrillers, but this….felt very much like the E Lockhart I found so compelling before.Adelaide is at a boarding school, Alabaster Prep Academy, where her father is a teacher. Her mother and younger brother Toby are living still in Baltimore, hours away from her father. The why of this remains quiet for a while in a book, but it is revealed that Toby has a drug addiction and their mother is staying there to help ensure he finds a way to recover. Adelaide and her father move so he can continue to make an income for the family and so she can get a good education.Except it won’t be that way. Or at least not in this reality. Adelaide and her boyfriend broke up, and she’s feeling lonely and sad while walking the dogs she’s watching this summer. She meets Jack at the dog park and he looks familiar to her, but she can’t really place it. But she knows immediately she likes him and begins to pursue him hard. In the mean time, she’s failed to turn in a major project to her set design class and her teacher isn’t thrilled. Yes, it’s summer. Yes, it’s break. But she’s been given more time to complete it anyway, since her teacher believes she has talent. Set building is, you see, about executing an idea in a way that isn’t necessarily the real image of the thing, but as true a rendition as possible so the audience understands what it is. In Adelaide’s experience, the people in her life are the set, but none of it is real to her. She’s walking through it, but none of it is real, alive. Mired in grief and sadness, worry and fear, Adelaide begins to attach herself to Jack who isn’t interested in her in that way. When her ex reaches back out, in desperation, Adelaide feels compelled to forgive him. That’s the story in one reality. But this book is about the multiverse, or the idea of multiple realities. So the story plays out in a number of different ways throughout the book. Sometimes Adelaide and Jack are together. Sometimes Adelaide is a good sister to her sick brother. Sometimes, she’s a nasty human being -- and in each of these realities, we see a complex picture of who she is.This is a love story but the romance is no where near central. It’s purposefully peripheral, as it’s there as a means of Adelaide waking up to how she behaves towards others in her life and specifically, those people who are closest to her. She’s privileged and healthy, but she can’t take those blinders off to see the bigger picture and to see where she herself is falling apart or too dependent upon others to give her reason and purpose. Clever, unique, and packed with emotional moments, depth, and philosophical fun, Lockhart’s book is one that will delight many readers. It packs in a lot without saying too much -- this is a slight book, with chapters written in broken-apart dialog and texts -- and doesn’t rely on anything cheap to pack a punch. Fun fact: Alabaster Prep is where The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks was set as well, and Jack from this story was inspired by Jack in Lockhart’s short story in the “21 Proms” anthology. I love those little Easter eggs and more, love this book had signature Lockhart writing and smoothly-executed wit. Some of the marketing suggests this is funny, and it’s not really. It’s clever, but not necessarily funny. And important to note: none of the dogs die or get hurt.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Adelaide and her family were still coming to terms with her brother's addiction. As her family supported him through multiple stints at rehab, Adelaide wanted to be the good daughter, the easy child. She found comfort in assuming these roles, but the longer she played them, the more she lost touch with herself. Now dumped by her boyfriend and on academic probation, she finds herself adrift, but not lost, in a sea of possibilities.The hook of this book is supposed to be the idea of the multiverse Adelaide and her family were still coming to terms with her brother's addiction. As her family supported him through multiple stints at rehab, Adelaide wanted to be the good daughter, the easy child. She found comfort in assuming these roles, but the longer she played them, the more she lost touch with herself. Now dumped by her boyfriend and on academic probation, she finds herself adrift, but not lost, in a sea of possibilities.The hook of this book is supposed to be the idea of the multiverse. That the entirety of our world is the sum of a group of universes. Heady stuff, but don't worry, because it's not that complicated in AGAIN AGAIN. In the book, we follow Adelaide over the course of a summer. We watch her fall in and out of love, confront her fears, reconnect with her brother, and complete her design project. As the story plays out, there are points, where multiple possibilities are explored, and we get to see how each choice she makes affects the outcome. I read these little branch points, and found it interesting, but when I saw how it all came together at the end, I was a bit awed. I tip my hat to you, Ms. Lockhart.I loved seeing the different potential outcomes. It was fascinating to imagine how big an impact small decisions could make. Each thread had Adelaide making different choices for her love life, but in all of them, she was a sister desperately trying to restore her relationship with her younger brother. It was the moments she shared with her brother, that hit me the hardest. Those scenes were touching and heart wrenching, and I think they impacted me more, because I lost a cousin, who had lived with my family, to addiction, and was therefore, I understood her pain and fear. It was also fantastic seeing her grow in each possible universe. Different choices yielded different outcomes, yet each augmented Adelaide's understanding of herself, her brother, her parents, love, and life.When I finished this book, I wiped my tears, and just sat back, so I could quietly appreciate the beauty of the story. It was a little bit sad and bittersweet, but it was also imbued with hope. It reminded me that life is full of endless possibilities, and that I do wield some power over it via the choices I make.*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 50%I struggled with this Contemporary YA quite early on. It's a plot of alternating realities, what-ifs, maybe it could have played out another way. It was confusing initially, but even when I settled into it, I didn't gel with the idea of these characters replaying events and finding different ways to end a scene or situation. Because of this, I basically didn't really care about the characters so I decided not to push on. I think if you like the idea of repetitive scenes played out diff DNF at 50%I struggled with this Contemporary YA quite early on. It's a plot of alternating realities, what-ifs, maybe it could have played out another way. It was confusing initially, but even when I settled into it, I didn't gel with the idea of these characters replaying events and finding different ways to end a scene or situation. Because of this, I basically didn't really care about the characters so I decided not to push on. I think if you like the idea of repetitive scenes played out differently, this might work for you. Ultimately, it just wasn't my style.I've decided to rate this one because I got halfway and had a good feel for the book.Thank you to Hot Key Books for the early review copy. I'm just sorry this one didn't work for me.
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  • Kelsea
    January 1, 1970
    This was my third E. Lockhart book (We Were Liars & Genuine Fraud being the other two) and her books are always interesting. Her style borders on the experimental, which can be hard to get into, but also promises to be really different from what else is out there. I enjoyed that about the book! And there were some interesting themes at play here. Some I think other readers will connect to.That being said, this feels like a book that was written for a very specific kind of person. It doesn't have This was my third E. Lockhart book (We Were Liars & Genuine Fraud being the other two) and her books are always interesting. Her style borders on the experimental, which can be hard to get into, but also promises to be really different from what else is out there. I enjoyed that about the book! And there were some interesting themes at play here. Some I think other readers will connect to.That being said, this feels like a book that was written for a very specific kind of person. It doesn't have what I'd consider mass appeal. It's a quiet, strange, niche story. And while I'm not quite the right person for it, there may have been a time in my life when I was. Probably when I was close to or around the age of the book's target age group (young adult).I don't want to spoil what makes the book interesting, but if you're reading this, you may be deciding if this might be a book for you. So I'll share what will appeal to some about this book so you can decide for yourself!You might be the right reader for Again Again, if you're interested in stories...- exploring "what if" questions and best case/worst case scenarios,- about intense heartbreak and healing,- where one of the MC's loved ones is an addict,- with more experimental writing and unusual formats,- featuring characters suffering depression- about a lost teen finding her wayPersonally, I think I'm just beyond my angst years. Or, I should say, my angst is no longer about the kinds of things featured in this book. This story wandered a bit too much for my tastes and I didn't find myself connecting strongly with anyone in the book, which made it hard to stay invested, given that it's entirely character-driven.I do wonder what I'd think of the story if I read it a decade or so back.Thank you to Get Underlined / Delacorte Press for providing a free advanced e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsA little bit difficult to follow at first, once you get into the groove this is a breathtakingly heartbreaking--and yet at the same time, heart-affirming novel. I just loved Adelaide and the many manifestations of her life and her romance.Where the deepest strengths of this novel lie, however, are in its depiction of addiction and its real effects on a family. I was moved to tears at different times during the interactions between Adelaide and Toby. How awkward and difficult and still a 4.5 starsA little bit difficult to follow at first, once you get into the groove this is a breathtakingly heartbreaking--and yet at the same time, heart-affirming novel. I just loved Adelaide and the many manifestations of her life and her romance.Where the deepest strengths of this novel lie, however, are in its depiction of addiction and its real effects on a family. I was moved to tears at different times during the interactions between Adelaide and Toby. How awkward and difficult and still absolutely loving they were when the siblings were trying to find their way through the terrible circumstances. There's humor here, and some definite room for reflection--what could my own life have been if I had lived each situation in a parallel universe with one tiny change? What would have changed and what would have stayed the same? Would I even be the same? Lots of pondering in a very good way. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.
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  • Vee_Bookish // stan shea couleé
    January 1, 1970
    I'm also a book blogger: Vee_Bookish(ARC provided by NetGalley, my opinions are unbiased.)This book smelt like independent coffee shops and felt like slouchie hats. It sounded like discussions about Proust and tasted like avocado toast. In short, it was the most pretentious Hipster horse hockey I have ever read, and I've suffered through multiple Levithan books.This book does have it's merits, I particularly liked the idea of it, just not the execution. Adelaide Buchwald (Book Forest if you slam I'm also a book blogger: Vee_Bookish(ARC provided by NetGalley, my opinions are unbiased.)This book smelt like independent coffee shops and felt like slouchie hats. It sounded like discussions about Proust and tasted like avocado toast. In short, it was the most pretentious Hipster horse hockey I have ever read, and I've suffered through multiple Levithan books.This book does have it's merits, I particularly liked the idea of it, just not the execution. Adelaide Buchwald (Book Forest if you slam two German words together I guess) meets Jack while walking some professor's dogs, and then she meets him again - in another universe. Five meetings with different outcomes can take up a single page and quickly becomes repetitive and confusing.I struggled to see the point of this. It didn't have much of an outcome, literally switching to a different suitor later on just to fill space. The ending didn't leave me feeling satisfied with Adelaide's journey, of which not much happened. I didn't feel like she or I learned much during the course of the story.
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  • Zoë ☆
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 34%I loved We Were Liars by this author but I just could not get into this.. I didn’t get what was going on the entire time and it took too long to get answers.. I also wasn’t a fan of the writing at all, and the layout of the e-arc made it even harder to read/fully get into it. A shame, but I didn’t see the point of continuing this for the moment.
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  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    I hate to say it, but this book was disappointing. I was so prepared to love this book which makes it even sadder to say that I did not enjoy it. The cover was adorable and the description was very promising. The idea of a broken girl falling in and out of love during the summer with different possibilities for how the romances played out sounded so fascinating. I wanted to leave my heart in this book and watch a beautiful story unfold in front of me of love and hurt and brokenness and just raw I hate to say it, but this book was disappointing. I was so prepared to love this book which makes it even sadder to say that I did not enjoy it. The cover was adorable and the description was very promising. The idea of a broken girl falling in and out of love during the summer with different possibilities for how the romances played out sounded so fascinating. I wanted to leave my heart in this book and watch a beautiful story unfold in front of me of love and hurt and brokenness and just raw emotion. Instead, I'm not even sure what it was that I read. It started off kind of adorable and interesting; the chapter titles also seemed funny. I was intrigued. Then the book rapidly went downhill. It was honestly slightly bizarre at times. It would go from the story in the present to several other possible outcomes before returning to the story at present. It also got inappropriate, something I'm seeing happen so often these days in YA novels. While the book is not graphic, it is still not clean and I would not recommend letting younger readers read it. I was exhausted from trying to figure out what was real all the time. Also, saying that the main character fell in and out of love is somewhat deceiving. We start the book knowing that Adelaide's boyfriend broke up with her and very suddenly a new boy walks in and she switches gears really quickly. But she keeps having thoughts about her ex. It's a somewhat stupid and confusing thing to watch happen. The last part of the book completely changes from the beginning of the book. I almost felt like I was reading another book. Some scenes throughout the novel just didn't seem to make much sense, or have a point, or fit in with the rest of the book. And for any readers looking for a happy ending, you will not find it here. I'm not really sure it was much of an ending at all. However, there were some parts of this book I enjoyed, Sometimes the raw emotion and brokenness I wanted to see did shine through, I liked the idea of broken people finding themselves and learning how to love again; if that was the main point of the book, I probably would have enjoyed it more. Instead I got strange multiple timelines and bizarre characters and a plot that did not seem to be much of a plot at all. This book just wasn't for me, which is sad because I so badly wanted it to be. I can tell the author is extremely talented, but this book just was not great.
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of AGAIN AGAIN by E Lockhart in exchange for my honest review.***After Adelaide’s boyfriend breaks up with her, she finds herself in and out of love over a summer of dog walking, family issues and self discovery. I love E Lockhart’s ability to tell stories in unique and fresh styles so much that I’ll select books I would pass on from another writer. As an older YA reader, I veer toward dark and twisty stories rather than rom-coms, but ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of AGAIN AGAIN by E Lockhart in exchange for my honest review.***After Adelaide’s boyfriend breaks up with her, she finds herself in and out of love over a summer of dog walking, family issues and self discovery. I love E Lockhart’s ability to tell stories in unique and fresh styles so much that I’ll select books I would pass on from another writer. As an older YA reader, I veer toward dark and twisty stories rather than rom-coms, but everything Lockhart writes demands to be read. GENUINE FRAUD and WE WERE LIARS are two of my favorites, books I can reread and find new insights and clues I missed.In AGAIN AGAIN, Adelaide looks at different possible scenarios for approaching conversations and interactions, which reminded me of the thoughts of an anxious person imagining talking to someone, before getting up the courage to speak. What if he says this? What if she says that? What if she doesn’t know what I’m talking about?I loved Adelaide and all her awkward imperfections.AGAIN AGAIN showcases Lockhart’s versatility as a writer. It’s not my favorite of her stories because of my reading preferences, not the quality of the story, characters or writing.Readers who enjoy creative storytelling and rom-coms with devour AGAIN AGAIN.
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  • Erin (erinevelynreads)
    January 1, 1970
    In the wake of a major family emergency, Adelaide’s father takes a job at Alabaster Academy, and she moves with him to attend the prestigious boarding school. Now summer, Adelaide is tasked with pet-sitting her teacher’s dogs while they’re on vacation. While at the dog park, she meets Jack, another dog walker, and the two bond. Told as if the story took place in multiple parallel universes, Again Again explores the impact small consequences have on our overall life.This book gave me a serious wh In the wake of a major family emergency, Adelaide’s father takes a job at Alabaster Academy, and she moves with him to attend the prestigious boarding school. Now summer, Adelaide is tasked with pet-sitting her teacher’s dogs while they’re on vacation. While at the dog park, she meets Jack, another dog walker, and the two bond. Told as if the story took place in multiple parallel universes, Again Again explores the impact small consequences have on our overall life.This book gave me a serious whiplash. Told in the third person, one minute you were being told one narrative, the next you were being told the same narrative only slightly differently. I had a hard time keeping track of what actually happened in the current parallel universe. It was somewhat exhausting. Once I got used to the style I had an easier time getting into the story.I really enjoyed Adelaide as a character, especially as she came to terms with her family’s situation, and asking for what she really needed. My favorite relationship in the entire book was between Adelaide and her brother. It was unexpected from the synopsis I read, and the first few chapters in the book.Thank you to Delacorte Press and Netgalley for my review copy! All opinions are my own.
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  • Sheena
    January 1, 1970
    If there is a dog on the cover, I am going to read it. I enjoyed Adelaide and Toby's relationship - it was heartbreaking, pure, and real. I love reading about complex sibling relationships and I expected this to be more focused on the love interest mostly but I'm glad it didn't though. Adelaide seemed a little too much in love with each and every boy she met and maybe that is the point of young love but it made her come off as desperate and annoying. I did like that the author included her feeli If there is a dog on the cover, I am going to read it. I enjoyed Adelaide and Toby's relationship - it was heartbreaking, pure, and real. I love reading about complex sibling relationships and I expected this to be more focused on the love interest mostly but I'm glad it didn't though. Adelaide seemed a little too much in love with each and every boy she met and maybe that is the point of young love but it made her come off as desperate and annoying. I did like that the author included her feelings of depression as I found it relatable. This did end in a way I didn't expect and I'm actually content with how it ended. The alternative endings or situations was a bit confusing and I had trouble figuring out what actually happened and what was in Adelaide's mind. Sadly, that part didn't work out for me and it was what I was most excited for. Thank you to Netgalley for the advanced copy!
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  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 25%I think I can definitively say that E. Lockhart just isn't the author for me. While the writing was absolutely beautiful and had a graceful rhythm that pondered along with Adelaide's thoughts. I don't actually know what the hell was going on. I think this might be a book I need to physically hold in my hands and see the words on a page to try and understand what was happening. It's a good story, I think, with Lockhart's expected pretentiousness, but I don't think I'm mentally capable of DNF @ 25%I think I can definitively say that E. Lockhart just isn't the author for me. While the writing was absolutely beautiful and had a graceful rhythm that pondered along with Adelaide's thoughts. I don't actually know what the hell was going on. I think this might be a book I need to physically hold in my hands and see the words on a page to try and understand what was happening. It's a good story, I think, with Lockhart's expected pretentiousness, but I don't think I'm mentally capable of getting anything from the story other than a huge question mark. But if you're looking for a weird time and want a cerebral book that engages you with a stream of conscious style narrative, I think you'll enjoy this.I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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  • Andrea Tomé
    January 1, 1970
    Ambitious, human and so beautifully written. E. Lockhart is becoming one of my favorite YA authors Ambitious, human and so beautifully written. E. Lockhart is becoming one of my favorite YA authors <3
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I’m ultimately underwhelmed by Again Again; although, the concept is interesting. We follow Adelaide’s life as conversations are played over and over with different scenarios and sometimes different outcomes. But the novel never goes anywhere with it. Like there was never a real point overall. On top of that, it’s one sad event after another for Adelaide. Her relationship with her brother was the only part that kept me interested. There will be a very niche audience for this book. I don’t see yo I’m ultimately underwhelmed by Again Again; although, the concept is interesting. We follow Adelaide’s life as conversations are played over and over with different scenarios and sometimes different outcomes. But the novel never goes anywhere with it. Like there was never a real point overall. On top of that, it’s one sad event after another for Adelaide. Her relationship with her brother was the only part that kept me interested. There will be a very niche audience for this book. I don’t see your most average teen sticking with this one.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Throughly enjoyable. Reviewed in the May/June 2020 issue of The Horn Book.
  • Krissa Boman
    January 1, 1970
    This is not a starter e. lockhart novel. Pick up We Were Liars, devour it, and then come back to this for dessert. In short, I loved this book. In long, this book follows Adelaide. In fact, it follows multiple Adelaides. Adelaides that are honest with their hurt, Adelaides' that lie, Adelaides that love ideas of people but not people themselves, and Adelaides that get bit by dogs but still love them in-spite of it. This book tackles the topic of love (how we fall into it, fall out of it, are cru This is not a starter e. lockhart novel. Pick up We Were Liars, devour it, and then come back to this for dessert. In short, I loved this book. In long, this book follows Adelaide. In fact, it follows multiple Adelaides. Adelaides that are honest with their hurt, Adelaides' that lie, Adelaides that love ideas of people but not people themselves, and Adelaides that get bit by dogs but still love them in-spite of it. This book tackles the topic of love (how we fall into it, fall out of it, are crushed by it, reborn by it) and addiction, though the second topic is observed by the Adelaides (they themselves are not the addict). This secondary topic was very hard for me to read about. One, I was completely surprised by it. No where does this book advertise that it talks about addiction. Two, as someone that has family members that are addicts, and wishes every day that they might find the strength to break away from their addiction, it was hard to see my own thoughts about my family on the page, a description of what the Adelaides felt. I'd like to think I would have picked up this book knowing that it had this subplot, but I'm not sure I would have. I cried (like ugly cried) reading this. It opened some wounds for me. While I found the ending itself very satisfying, I definitely spiraled for a good portion of this book. <--Be warned- if you or a family member or a friend close to you is an active addict, this might be a dangerous book for you to read. If you're in the headspace to be able to read about topics like that and remain sane and healthy, don't sit on this book. -->*Thank you Random House Children’s/Delacorte Press + NetGalley for the digital ACR in exchange for review!*
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  • Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
    January 1, 1970
    Straight away I am reminded why I love books by e. lockhart. The way she pulls words together in an almost prose like style. How she fills them with so much emotion and power. Her style is unique and relevant and current.Adelaide is such a complex character. And her complexity is written so authentically. She pushes out the vibe of someone gentle, of someone who is so used to experiencing pain and confusion that she thinks being someone happy is more important than being herself. Getting to know Straight away I am reminded why I love books by e. lockhart. The way she pulls words together in an almost prose like style. How she fills them with so much emotion and power. Her style is unique and relevant and current.Adelaide is such a complex character. And her complexity is written so authentically. She pushes out the vibe of someone gentle, of someone who is so used to experiencing pain and confusion that she thinks being someone happy is more important than being herself. Getting to know Adelaide is a joy.I like how Jack complements Adelaide. How he calls her on her subtelties. How he sees her, not the persona she puts on. But the person she is inside. How he knows what she wants but he knows himself enough to not enter into something that he can't handle. Jack is such an intriguing chatacter.Again Again is a fascinating, coming of age tale, that shows us we aren't alone when we are thinking of every possible way a conversation can happen, before it happens. It is honest and gritty and definitely a must read.Thank you to Allen and Unwin for sending me out a review copy.My full review is available on my blog www.bookishintoxicationreads.com
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  • Kelly Hager
    January 1, 1970
    If you're a YA fan, you probably already love E. Lockhart. Her books are so fun and so unexpected, perfect for summer. Her most recent two are more thriller than anything else, though, and Again Again is almost the exact opposite of that..This book is an absolute risk. She trusts the reader to be able to navigate multiple timelines (although she makes it as easy as possible and if you pay attention, you're likely going to be absolutely fine with keeping track of everything) and scenarios. Also, If you're a YA fan, you probably already love E. Lockhart. Her books are so fun and so unexpected, perfect for summer. Her most recent two are more thriller than anything else, though, and Again Again is almost the exact opposite of that..This book is an absolute risk. She trusts the reader to be able to navigate multiple timelines (although she makes it as easy as possible and if you pay attention, you're likely going to be absolutely fine with keeping track of everything) and scenarios. Also, the text goes from prose to verse with the occasional text thread thrown in. It's bold but it works.The only real constant is Adelaide, and I think everyone's enjoyment will center around how you feel about her. I adored her (and basically everyone else in this book, humans and dogs alike) and I would be happy if this book gets a sequel.This is so different from everything she's written before, but it now tops We Were Liars as my favorite book of hers. This is just a really fun but thought-provoking book. And parts made me cry, so be warned going in---it's not all fun. Highly recommended.
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  • Richelle Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    *Thank you to Delacorte Press and Amazon Vine for the review copy.*DNF @ 102I have heard great things about this author and jumped at the chance to read this book. I struggled with this story due to the writing style. There are different scenarios written for each encounter and it’s a little hard to distinguish what is the current timeline. Some of the story is written in verse. As a reader, I need one writing style throughout the whole book or it becomes a chore for me to read and takes away th *Thank you to Delacorte Press and Amazon Vine for the review copy.*DNF @ 102I have heard great things about this author and jumped at the chance to read this book. I struggled with this story due to the writing style. There are different scenarios written for each encounter and it’s a little hard to distinguish what is the current timeline. Some of the story is written in verse. As a reader, I need one writing style throughout the whole book or it becomes a chore for me to read and takes away the excitement. I also found Adelaide to be a bit of a bore and felt it was best to stop reading.
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  • Lauren (the.peachy.reader)
    January 1, 1970
    Firstly, happy release day to this amazing book I was so excited to read this, especially because I absolutely adored We Were Liars by the same author Again, Again is an amazing coming of age story full of all of the emotions! It's about family and relationships and finding yourself in a confusing time of your life. (Also there's plenty of doggo scenes and I absolutely adored all of the doggos names)If you're after an emotional YA read then this is the story for you!
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