Author: E. Lockhart
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publishing Date: June 2, 2021
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 a wonderful contemporary book and unlike other books that Lockhart has written before but just as good, if not better. The day I finished We Were Liars, I knew I wanted to read more by E. Lockhart. I didn’t love We were liars but I liked the writing style because it was incredibly unique, the plot was interesting and the twist at the end caught me by surprise. However, I didn’t like most of the characters and some other parts of the book but the good outweighed the bad and I wanted to read more by her.
In the beginning of the story, we follow Adelaide in the aftermath of a break-up and her feelings towards her brother and his drug addiction while also falling in love with someone new. At the time that we see this plot unfold, we also see Adelaide’s story in different universes of things that never happened, or could have happened, if she choose differently in life. If she made different choices. I wasn’t sure I’d like it, but nonetheless I was hooked and had to know what happens and I did start to love it as the story progressed.
I’m not a sad or depressed person by nature and in real life, it would take a lot to make me sad but there’s just something in books, maybe I feel more, that it’s quite easy to make me sad over something especially when its about love and relationships (romantic and non-romantic) and the fact that we watched how different things would’ve played out, for better or worse, in different universes if only Adelaide had chosen differently than she did, made me feel incredibly sad and REALLY think.
The whole story is about accepting the good and the bad in life because no matter the decisions you make, they go hand-in-hand and you can’t ever know the outcome of your choices and what could’ve been if you’d made a different one (although we find out because of the multiple universes) and about what its like to love someone. I heard a lot of people say that this book isn’t a romance and I’d have to say I agree with them. The book does have romance but the romance isn’t what its about. Its about accepting the good and the bad, the pain that might come with loving someone so deeply and yet still doing it.
I don’t know how to really explain this book fully and the impact it leaves on you, you’ll have to read it yourself to find out but I have to say this: I truly think this book is worth reading at least once, if not more.
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.
Is there a decision you once made that you wish you could go back and change? Would you want to know what the outcome would be of choices that you didn’t make after you’ve already made one, knowing the outcome would be worse or better than that of the decision you did make?