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Here I Go Again

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  7,998 ratings  ·  1,128 reviews
Hilarious new fiction from the New York Times bestselling author of Bitter Is the New Black and If You Were Here .

Twenty years after ruling the halls of her suburban Chicago high school, Lissy Ryder doesn't understand why her glory days ended. Back then, she was worshipped...beloved...feared. Present day, not so much. She's been pink-slipped from her high-paying job, dumpe
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by NAL
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Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
I asked for an ARC because I'd heard Bitter is the New Black was outrageously funny, and I'm pretty sure we're going to be carrying this book at work. Plus all the reviews on GoodReads were positive, so I thought I'd give it a go. I made it through forty pages on the first day. Second day, I struggled a bit more. By page forty-five, I pulled out a pen and started editing as I read, and marking all the cliches, exclamation points, and parts where characters seemed less-than-believable if not down ...more
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You know what I'm going to give it the full 5! It was fun, hilarious, cute, emotional and ended perfectly. It was exactly what I needed right now!

I love books and movies where people go back to high school to learn a lesson or change their lives. I've seen Peggy Sue Got Married a million times. LOL I mostly only read Chick Lit from Sophie Kinsella but I'm so glad I accidentally requested this because it was so much fun. Seriously made my day. Similar to Kinsella it was laugh out loud hilarious,
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A copy of Here I Go Again was provided to me by NAL/Edelweiss for review purposes.

Lissy Ryder is that kind of girl in school that is super popular and you can't help but love/hate her. I know we all went to school with at least one Lissy-type. Her 20-year high school reunion is coming up and shortly before, everything about her life seems to falling apart at the seams. She's kicked out of her swanky gym for not paying the fees, she gets fired from her job and her husband j
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think I have read all of Jen Lancaster's books. I started with Bitter is the New Black, and laughed so hard I hurt myself. I loved this book....BUT: I really think if you haven't read her, this is not the book to start with. Go read Bitter, and maybe two or three of the others she has written, more semi-biographical/snarky bloggish....THEN graduate to this one. I say that because this is the first novel of hers I have read, and if I hadn't already fallen in love with her wit and self depricati ...more
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-rc
Let me preface this review by saying that I have been a huge fan of Ms. Lancaster throughout her entire career. I have made it a point to buy each new book the day it is released and have usually consumed the contents within 24 hours. However, I've found that over the past three books, my excitement has been wanting. In her early works, Ms. Lancaster was witty, charming, sarcastic and always presented a viewpoint that was unique and genuine. In my opinion, as her fame and fortune has grown, her ...more
Ninette Swann
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
As a story, Here I Go Again sucked. Wait! Keep reading! (Even you, Jen, if you do things like read Goodread Reviews.)

It was a smarmy, unrealistic mishmash of It's a Wonderful Life and Mean Girls.

I know, you're thinking, um, it's about a time-travelling jerkface, it's obviously not meant to be realistic.

And I know. I know. But, for me, even my unrealistic stories need to tie up their loose ends, and make sense in the alternate reality they've forced into existence. And Here I Go Again doesn't do
Anna Bez
Jun 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Full disclosure -- I quit reading this book. I tried to make it through, and even talked myself into continuing reading when I wanted to quit 20 pages in. But when I reached the halfway point and still disliked the main character and did not care one iota what happened to her, I decided it was time to call it quits. Reading should not be a chore, am I right?

So what was the problem? Basically poor character development. The main character is the cliche "mean girl" who is usually cast as the vill
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was ok

Make no mistake -- Jen Lancaster writes well. She has a way with narrative and many passages of this book made me smile. (For example, I loved both takes on "Duke of Hurl.") She also does a wonderful job expressing the schadenfreude of high school social life, how so much "mean girl" behavior is tolerated because fragile teens are just so grateful they aren't the targets of scorn. But there's something lazy and formulaic about this effort. "Self absorbed heroine gets kicked in the pants by life
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I LOVE Jen Lancaster: as soon as I see she has a new book out, I pounce on it! I loved her memoirs (she's my deliciously snarky soulmate!) and now that she writes fiction, it's like there's a whole new world of amusing books to explore! Her newest, featuring the Queen Bee we all loved to hate and her comeuppance, is hilarious and sweet. Now I just have to wait for her next book!
Mar 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Kelly Hager
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lissy Ryder may or may not have peaked in high school. Back then, she was the Heather Duke (or Regina George, as you prefer) of her school. Everyone feared her, even her boyfriend and best friends. Now, though? Her husband wants a divorce and her boss just fired her. She's back with her parents and, as an added bonus, her class reunion is coming up.

And it turns out that all the people she bullied are all crazy successful (as opposed to recently fired, newly single and living in their childhood
Jessica Woodbury
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I opened and closed at least five different books before I settled in with this one, so I was feeling pretty picky. I'm not a "chick lit" reader, but I like stuff that's snappy and funny and smart.

The thing about HERE I GO AGAIN is it doesn't ask for serious brain power. I have classified it as "fluff" and it definitely falls in that category. But just because it's fluff doesn't mean it can't be funny and satisfying and better than a lot of other serious books you'll read.

The setup (MEAN GIRLS
Katie Hanrahan
Aug 23, 2013 rated it liked it
There are days when you need something entertaining that won't make you think and would be spoiled if you thought about the premise too closely.

This is one of those books.

Jen Lancaster has a unique voice and a sense of humour that comes through no matter what genre she's writing. In this piece of fiction, she takes on the secondary school queen bee and delves into a little time travel. For all those times you might have thought, if only I could go back and not do X or Y, Ms. Lancaster takes her
Jan 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Don't know how she is a NYT best selling author unless mainstream is getting really shallow.
Mike (the Paladin)
You know....other than, "Read" I don't really have any other shelves on which this book belongs. I picked it up because it sounded light and with an odd little twist. I suppose I could put it on "Science-Fantasy" though that's really just the stage on which the action of the book takes place.

We've all heard that "Karma's a bitch". Well, Lissy Ryder is about to find that out first hand, in Spades. See Lissy was THE pace setter in her high school. She was the girl who...if you weren't her or the m
Mary (BookHounds)
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2013, amazon-vine
My Thoughts
Loved IT

Lissy Ryder is a sharp tongued viper and rules her high school with her quick cuts and it doesn't hurt that she is cheer captain, homecoming queen and the best dresser. Of course, everyone knew a Lissy in high school. That b*tch that really made your life miserable. You really hope that karma comes back to bite them on the butt. Well, karma does come back to get her and it isn't pretty. Twenty years later, Lissy is a PR hack, her marriage to the high school prom king is falter
Apr 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: adult women/lovers of chick lit
While nothing beats Jen Lancaster's memoirs, this one surprised me (mainly because, having read all of her memoirs, I was afraid that she would put too much of herself into the protagonist - a fair concern.

However, the novel had quite a few unexpected twists and turns (read: time travel!), and while I expected to be more than a little disappointed, I was more than a little pleased with it (read: I'll most likely read it at least 2-3 more times as I purchased it on my nook).

I think that the main
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
It is super evident that Jen wants to write YA fiction and this story would have been perfect as just that. Her voice is unique and I need to accept that it is going to come through in her fiction more than it should.

This held my attention - but again - is the same variation of brand-name dropping narcissism that has put Jen on the map. It is WAY better than "If You Were Here", but still not as good as her memoirs. When I was reading the parts in high-school, I was recalling "Bitter is the New
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am bummed. I usually love everything Jen Lancaster writes, to the point I avoid reading them in public as her writing has always had me quite literally laughing out loud. Like, tears rolling down my face, can't catch my breath laughing. More so with her memoirs than her first novel, but even that novel was really very funny and clever.

Slight spoiler below......

Here I Go Again, about the high school mean girl and her attempts to right wrongs and improve lives (her own and others) through a seri
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has my era and sense of humor written all over...and in it. Not too mention my affection for Whitesnake. It was obnoxiously funny and a damn good laugh. It's the tale of a mean girl who grows a conscience after she realizes everyone she used to mock in high school has grown up to be much more successful than she is. The story takes a fun trip on the time travel train and lands in the town of Karma is a Bitch.

Two of my fave lines:
"God, Tammy, do you ever read anything other than the in
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Fluff. Total fluff which is what I expected. I LOVED her views on children- reminded me of a friend who shares those sentiments. Also Thot bout Rommy and Michele's high school reunion movie too. Read it poolside in one sunning and laugh while u bask
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this; it's a fun, entertaining story.
Ashley FL
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thought this was funny and touching. An easy read that made me happy. Definitely Chick-Lit-Lite, so don't expect Great Literature.
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Erstwhile bully Lissy Ryder realizes the error of her ways after her now-successful fellow students voice how much they all despise her at her 20th high school reunion. A former classmate-turned-mystic offers her a chance to go back in time and make different choices, and she takes it -- with amusing, occasionally disastrous, ultimately positive results.

Lighthearted, fun and a joy to hear on audio (with Jen Lancaster narrating, but of course!), I really enjoyed this tale of a sasspot getting her
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lissy Rider was a horrible human being, someone you just want to slap! She gets a chance to redo her high school years and not do some of the horrible things she did back in the day. But it seems doing the right thing has its own repercussions. This book is set in Chicago, (it seems that most of Jen Lancaster's books are) which I really love. She is known for her humor and rampant narcissism (again works for me). I listened to the audio and did not enjoy the narration (narrated by the author) bu ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a "blind date" read from the library. I honestly don't think I would have ever picked it up otherwise and it wasn't life-changing, but it was fun. This is perfect to read if you're stressed and want something totally chill and easy. It's kinda like Freaky Friday but with time travel instead of switching places.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Better than expected. I really like the time travel aspect.
Sal Becket
Mar 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Boring. Flat. Tedious to read. This story has been done a thousand times over but this one had no charm to it at all.
Ali Cherek
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was solidly on its way to being between a 2 or 3 star book until she went all Butterfly Effect. I’m a sucker for time travel.
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Jen Lancaster is the author of her own memoirs including: as Bitter is the New Black, Bright Lights, Big Ass, Such A Pretty Fat, Pretty in Plaid, My Fair Lazy, and the newest: Jeneration X.

She has also dabbled with fiction in her first book, If You Were Here.
“When she gets rattled, the South really comes out. Once when Daddy tried to cancel our country club membership because he said the dues were too high, she went from zero to Atlanta burning in zero point five seconds.” 12 likes
“Were I forced to describe this woman in one word, that word would be...herpes.” 10 likes
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