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Again Again by E. Lockhart, #70 review

Publication date : 2 June 2020

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.

It is summer, Adelaide just got broken up by Mikey. And then, there’s that cute new boy she met at the dog park that has skeletal limb abnormality which makes him limp slightly. It only adds to his confidence and attractiveness. Maybe he’s the perfect summer boy for Adelaide to get over Mikey? Between her summer job walking adorable dogs and completing/ starting her “Fool for Love” set project she has to turn over during Summer or fail the class, Adelaide has her hands full with dog leashes and head jumbled with boys. Including her brother who was a drug addict, now in rehab. Their sibling relationship suffered a blow due to her brother’s addiction. Now, they’ve taken the opportunity of summer to nurture their sibling love.

The writing is very, very different from anything I’ve read thus far. The arrangement is something that took me a long time to get used to. I don’t really like it as it is confusing but I do like the way the author wrote dialogues for his characters. There are many interesting unread before phrases used that highlights uniqueness in the story, or stories 😉. Since the book is also written in parallels. You will get a scene that has different outcomes according to the different parallel worlds. Hence, the writing confusing. 😂The same situation happens Again, Again with a very different outcome. You could be reading this review now. But you could be reading AND drinking boba at the same time. All these different YOUs.

Adelaide is a mirrorball. She reflects light shun onto thousands of small reflective surfaces, creating  rays and patterns of light to people around her. However, she is quite fragile and breakable although although she is chatty and appears to be happy. She is actually a sad girl hiding a lot of emotions in which she expresses through her art.

Again Again is a tale of dealing with a break up over the summer and falling in love at the same time. Thank you to @times.reads for sending me a review copy. This book is available in bookstores now.

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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