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BLOG TOUR: Again, Again by E. Lockhart Book Review

* I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *

Title: Again Again 
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Source: Netgalley


Book Summary:

When Adelaide Buchman's younger brother succumbs to a drug overdose, she saves his life. In the aftermath, looking for distraction, she becomes a stylish, bright charmer who blows off school and falls madly in love - even though her heart is shattered. Adelaide is catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times while finally confronting her brother, their history, and her own strength. A raw and funny story that will surprise you over and over, Adelaide is an indelible heroine grappling with the terrible and wonderful problem of loving other people.

Book Review:

I have enjoyed E. Lockhart's last two books so when I saw this was coming out, I jumped at the chance to read it. While I thought this was going to be one of my favourite reads of the year, it offers a new and interesting take on the time-travel genre.

First I want to say that I got a copy from Netgalley and I had a physical copy and I was swapping between the two of them. I found that the physical copy has clear differences between the parts where times change and this does not happen on my copy. I was then a little confused about the changes happening so a little warning.

One of the reasons why I enjoyed this book so much was the focus on family. I think the relationship with her brother was really special and I love a good sibling relationship but we don't often get a lot of them in YA that I have read before. I also really liked Toby as a character and as a whole, I think the characters are really complex.

I think it is safe to say that Adelaide goes through a lot in this book and I think E. Lockhart shows this and how messy life can be. She is failing school and we are very aware that her boyfriend was not the best and that she is just trying to make the best out of her situation. In this respect, I found her very easy to connect with.

With Jack and the other relationships, it was so easy to see that there was hope with her relationship and that things could be better. I also liked Jack most of the time but the changes allow us to see how different the outcomes can be. This is where a lot of the different outcomes come from and I liked that it was often a small change that could create this massive ripple effect and change. This was a nice way to do the changes and I liked it as part of the story.

I am going to admit that I was so hyped for this book and I was so ready to fall in love with it but it did not happen. It's sad because her writing is so good in parts and I could feel myself being head over heels in love with the book but then it didn't happen. I think some of this might be to do with the ending because I think for me it came out of left-field and the romantic element was really surprising. I think because I was so off guard I couldn't appreciate the story fully and this hindered my enjoyment.

I think that this is one book where I need to reread it because I feel like I would gain so much more on a reread especially because it's a short read anyway.

The Verdict:

Again Again is a new addition to the 'new futures' genre that intertwines family and relationships to create a pitch-perfect contemporary about how the smallest decisions can change everything.

Have you read Again Again? Do you want to? Let me know in the comments below!


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