Happy Tuesday y’all! Today’s my stop on the TBR and Beyond tour for Again Again by E. Lockhart (and if you check out my blog later in the day, you’ll see that I have another blog tour scheduled for today, so a busy day for sure). Also, thank you to Delacorte Press for sponsoring this blog tour!
Again Again 3/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
From the New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud comes a complex novel about acceptance, forgiveness, self-discovery, and possibility, as a teenage girl attempts to regain some sense of normalcy in her life after a family crisis and a broken heart.
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 was definitely an interesting book. There were parts I really liked and parts that weren’t my favorite and parts I appreciated for what they were even though I didn’t enjoy them. Let’s start out by talking about 5 reasons why I think you should read Again Again:
- The near-fatal family catastrophe: this “catastrophe” is Adelaide’s younger brother overdosing twice and I think the way that aspect of the story was told and the way it impact Adelaide and her parents and even her brother was so well written and honestly, that relationship was my favorite aspect of the book.
- The way the book was written: the way the book was written with differing timelines based on the different choices that Adelaide made for the first 3/4 of the book and then the last 1/4 of the book reading like a real book was a super interesting and different artistic choice. While it wasn’t my favorite choice, I could definitely appreciate it.
- The last 1/4 of the book: after reading the first 3/4 of the book, the last 1/4 of the book seemed even better than expected, because the format was more linear, so it was super satisfying.
- The dogs: Adelaide is a dog walker during the summer months for 4 dogs and I thought it was super cute that she could “communicate” with them and they talked to her.
- Adelaide’s dad: I really liked the relationship that Adelaide had with her father (and then the way that her relationship with the rest of her family ended up growing)- I’m a sucker for good familial relationships!
Overall, Again Again was an interesting book that was really different from anything else I’ve ever read. While the writing style and the extremely character driven-ness of the book didn’t always resonate with me (I’m a plot driven girl myself), I know there are lots of people who would love the way this book explores Adelaide as a person and the way she interacts with others. I’d definitely recommend checking it out! Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound
About the Author:
E. Lockhart wrote the New York Times bestseller We Were Liars and the upcoming Genuine Fraud, a psychological thriller. Her other books include Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and the Ruby Oliver Quartet, which includes The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends. She also wrote How to Be Bad with Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle. Visit her online at emilylockhart.com, and follow her on Twitter at @elockhart.