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.
I read Again Again because I was utterly impressed with E. Lockhart’s previous work – We Were Liars. I mean that book’s plot twist just blew me away. Up until this day, I feel like I was betrayed by the book. So, I started reading Again Again with huge expectations.
What I Liked
What I liked from the book is something common with other young adult books I’ve liked – it was not afraid to be real. A lot of young adult books deal with an issue but not all really shows the ugliness of everything. In this book, we get to see not only how addiction affects the addict himself/herself but we also get to see how other people around him are affected. I like that Adelaide, the main character, wasn’t 100% supportive at first. She actually lost her trust to her teenage addict brother named Toby. But soon, we get to see how Toby elaborates on what’s going on his side and an understanding happens between the two.
I also like how this book is real about common tropes in YA. This includes the female main character glamorizing broken hearts and damaged people. The book was completely aware of this trope and actually acknowledges that it is just not okay. People who glamorize damaged people are blech.
Another thing I like about the book is that toxic and parasitic relationships weren’t tolerated in this book. Characters know that they are not good together and breaks it off.
I can’t deal with your unhappiness on top of mine.E. Lockhart, Again Again
Lastly, I LOVE how this book acknowledged that in some relationship, we just hype up moments. We make things a bigger deal than what they are.
I have some romantic obsessional tendencies. Like, I just told you it matters more than any other relationship ever could, but I’m not even seeing him. There’s nothing between us anymore.E. Lockhart, Again Again
What I Didn’t Like
Unfortunately, even though this book has a lot of good things when it comes to certain things, there are a lot of things I didn’t like as well.
To start off, I didn’t like the format of this book where we are shown different events happening across multiverses. I think scenes are just repeated with minor tweaks. I mean, what’s the point? The “moral lesson” in this book could have been delivered without this extra gimmick. It was just confusing and distracting.
I also noticed that the book relied on fancy quotes/lines/dialogue in an attempt to be remarkable but none really stuck to me. Not like how “We accept the love we think we deserve” and “That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt” stuck to you like an arrow to the heart.
I also didn’t like the characters. They aren’t unique. I don’t see much depth to them. They’re not 3-dimensional characters but merely plot devices. The main character is forgettable and so are her love interests. Even the main character’s brother who is a recovering addict didn’t shine through and that character has potential to have a lasting impact to the reader.
The main character is forgettable and so are her love interests. Even the main character’s brother who is a recovering addict didn’t shine through and that character has potential to have a lasting impact to the reader.
This book is a decent read. For me, however, it just doesn’t stand out from other books in it’s genre. There’s nothing remarkable here that would make me want to scream at you to get this book. Still, this book is worth the try. This book may not just be for me but you might be entertained.