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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  241 ratings  ·  55 reviews
How far would you go for a second chance?

Eleven years after flunking out of college, Kate has finally hit rock-bottom. Losing her job and boyfriend in one drunken night, she’s determined to fix her life by going back to the moment when she let partying and sex take over. And do things right this time. At twenty-nine, she heads back to freshman year of college, with a catch
Published September 22nd 2014 by Smashwords Edition
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Genre: NA college romance
Cover: 7/10
Writing: 7/10
Heroine: 7/10
Hero: 7/10
Humour: 4/10
Hotness: 2/10
Romance: 6/10
Extra book Details: Heroine & Hero POV; 1st person. Stand-alone.

I did love the blurb for this. But I just got bored soo much.

I liked it up until the 15% mark, then it just got monotonous. The same things were going round and round in the characters heads all the time and it didn't lift until 70% when the cat slowly crawled it's way out of the bag. Even the revelation of each oth
3.5 Stars

The concept for the novel Again is brilliant. I felt like this book was written for me. Although I’m way past 29, I would love to go back to college and do it all over again. Just like Kate, I went to an upstate New York college, had a crush on my RA, and spent a lot of my time partying. Although I’m happy with where I am in my life right now, I always wonder what would have happened to me if I had made studying my number one priority.

Kate has just been fired from her job in New York Ci
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews.

From the lips of my hot man gif, my feelings on Again...


...because it was one of those reads that once you start, there is no parting yourself from it. I devoured it like a woman starved.

Kate Townsend's life is spiralling. After losing her job following the end of an affair with her married boss, she decides to rectify everything that started this downward spiral when she flunked out of college, by going back to college. Only to do so she needs to becom
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Even though I didn't find this story realistic at all, I still enjoyed it! I didn't like the MC, Kate very much, but I did really like Carter!
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"Again" was a sweet and romantic story that had that feel good factor in abundance, leaving me with a big, cheesy grin on my face.

Getting closer to her thirtieth birthday Kate began to reevaluate her life and decided it was time for a re-do. Things had not gone to plan for her over the years and changes needed to made. She wanted a second chance and came up with a plan to r
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again was a very different kind of New Adult, and had a romance that I was very interested in! Kate just turned twenty-nine, but she's going back to college. She's not just going to night school or a community college. She's entering as a university freshman and saying she's nineteen. Her boss/boyfriend dumped and fired her for drunkenness, but instead of going to rehab, Kate decides to do something she thinks is more worthwhile. She's going to reinvent herself as a sober freshman and finally ge ...more
JJ -
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

“How the hell did I think I’d ever pull this off? Pretend to be a nineteen-year-old freshman at twenty-nine years old?”

Kate’s hanging on by her last shred of hope. This is her second chance, her opportunity to turn her life around. Going back to school at 29 is hard. I would know because I’ve been doing it for the 2.5 years. Circumstances are different, of course, and I’m certainly not trying to conceal my real age, but I can kind of put myself in her shoes. So, I admire her for taking
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, n-a
Entertaining. Cute. Nothing spectacular, but a bit fun.
Couldn't shake the feeling that her adventure was but what the heck, let's go for a ride.
Also, I am not one for unnecessary drama, but the revealing was so.. hmm.. well, it was just there. And I don't know why they were so afraid to tell the truth to each other after all.

2.5 stars

Pre-reading thoughts:
I am not sure if this is my kind of book, but I like the idea. In fact I think that I might even be able to go back to high-schoo
Britt Marczak
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult

Lisa does it again. As always! <3
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** 

The premise of Again sounded different and intrigued me and I have had such good luck with Lisa's books in the past, especially her new adult books. So I knew I couldn't pass up on Again. And I am so glad that I did. Even though the premise was unlike most new adult books that I have read, the plot tended to be a little bit predictable but it worked really well for this story. I enjoyed getting wrapped up in the stor
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I first read the synopsis of Again, I was excited that it was a story about second chances (those are some of my favorites) and I wanted to see how Kate was going to pull off the charade of being a nineteen year old college freshman when she was twenty-nine. Just throw on some tights and boots and she will fit right in! Aside from her young appearance, she doesn't act like a twenty-nine year old would (or should?), and there were many times that I forgot she was supposed to be twenty-nine, ...more
Sorcha O'Dowd
A fun yet poignant read. A perfect book to lose yourself in for an evening. 4 Stars. Full review to follow.

Edit. ‘Again’ is a wonderfully original story within the contemporary romance genre, which I know will resonate with a lot of people. Lisa Burstein beautifully addresses that burning question that many adults feel, ‘what if I had the chance to go back?’

From the get go, I sympathised with Kate and really admired her resolve to go back to University and make a change for herself, even if reve
Red Cheeks Reads
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kate and Carter both have secrets and regrets from their past. Can they move on and try and make new lives for themselves? Will they move on together? Or will their lies catch up to them and ruin not only the future they are both trying to reach but their relationship as well?

“Going back to college might not have been one of my best ideas- but it was the only one that might finally change my life. I wanted to change my life. I needed to.”

This was a short, entertaining and easy read with char
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

In Again MC Kate has made a bit of a huge mess of things and wants a do-over. Her plan is to become a teenager again to get the degree she didn't complete the first time round. Again has a kinda of Never Been Kissed vibe but with an interesting twist and a New Adult upgrade. I've always wondered what it would be like to go back to Uni and do it all over again. But as young as I look, I'm not sure I'd ever have the gumption to attempt what Kate d
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Lisa Burstein has done a great job with this book.

Kate is a really likeable character facing not only the troubles of staying sober, she has to do so in college where alcohol is everywhere. Lost and with no idea where to go after losing her job, Kate decides the best thing would be finally getting her degree and staying sober but she doesn't want to be the old lady in freshman year! So the only thing to do is take advantage of her young looks (lucky lady) and pretend to be 19.
Her journey throu
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Again was my first Lisa Burstein but it will not be my last! The synopsis of Again caught my eye immediately; if I'm being honest, the idea Kate concocts is one I've thought about doing a time or two. How many of us wish we could have a re-do and wonder if we could we pull it off if we tried. Kate grabbed me from chapter one, she was a bit of a hot mess, she made me laugh, and I found her endearing. I told my best friend about this one and said "you've got to read this book, the main chick is hi ...more
Hooked On Books
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
How far would go to wipe the slate clean??? Kate goes farther then I think anyone ever would. In Again, Kate is heading back to college 11 years after dropping out. She meets the yummy Carter, who is harboring his own secret past. I loved this book! Lisa Burinstein does a great job blending the story from both sides, and talking about alcohol abuse. I loved Carter and Kates relationship. Carter was intelligent and sweet and caring, and once I got over how OBSESSED Kate was with turning thirty, I ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book from the beginning to the very end. Have you ever had a moment in your life that you wish you could go back and start all over and change things that happened to you. But sometimes if you think about going back and changing things would you be where you are today. I can admit that I went through a lot of things that I am not really proud of the things that I done. But always tell people what happened in my past made me the person I am today.

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Trixiter Marczak
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If I could give more than 5 stars, I would! Lisa did it Again! She has such a way of giving her characters life. You can see yourself in her stories, hanging with the characters.

Love, Love, Love this story...Lisa has this way of keeping you totally involved in her stories, not wanting to put it down until you know what happens next.

Again I will say this (like ALL Lisa's books) is so worth the read!
Leanne Drake-kavanagh
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! I want Santa to bring me Carter, please and thank you!
Diana Ramirez
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very unexpected but such a good read. Second chance at life, who doesn't think about that sometimes- if only -
Southern Belle Book Blog
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I seriously enjoyed my time spent with these characters, and living in their world. It’s like the stereotypical New Adult romance novel, with a spin on it. It has the anticipation, the romance, and the angst. There’s no shortage of what we’ve all come to know and love from this genre. But Burstein took it a step further with the storyline, and it makes the entire experience stand out. I’ll just mention a few things I really loved.

Like I mentioned above, it’s not your same ole same ole. We’re us
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ya-na, contemporary
Reviewed on my blog,Becky on Books.

Again requires a pretty big leap of faith--can someone in this age of modern technology, where all of our records are computerized and your social security number is your ID, really falsify documentation and be accepted into college as herself, but ten years younger? (A computer hacker? Probably. But Kate isn't. At. All.)

So it helps not to think too long and hard on the plausibility of that part. Just accept it, and read on to immerse yourself in the story.

Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I reviewed this at MustReadBooksOrDie with my friend Shelley!

Shel: A 29 year old trying to re-do college as a 19 year old?!! I was intrigued. I mean..what tha hell? Why not just be a 29 year old? Wellll, very early on you get an explanation and as the novel continues more is revealed. We have Kate (our 29 year old) and Carter (our 22 year old) meeting on the first page and while the sparks fly...their reticence to do anything about it is very evident. Court: Yes! I was very intrigued by that wh
Cocktails and Books
AGAIN had an interested premise and one that I thought I would really, really enjoy. But as I read the story, I had to wonder is going back to "redo" college the way Kate did really the way to change the course your life is taking.

Kate is a hard character to like. She relies on alcohol WAY too much, her best friend drinks just like Kate and her boyfriend is actually her married boss. So after losing her boyfriend and her job in the same day, Kate decides going back to college to try and "redo" w
Nadia Debowska-Stephens (Obsessed by Books)
***Obsessed by Books arc given in exchange for an honest review***

What if you had the chance to do it all again...would you do things differently?

Kate decides to start again by returning to college, posing as ten years younger student, as she wants a do over. She has walked away from a total car crash of her life events and decided to have a clean slate. Her motivation may at first nig seemike the best reason but her attempt to start fresh, grab a second chance and reinvent herself was uplifting
Tina Lee Harris
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Have you ever wanted to start over? Where no one knows who you really are or what you have been doing for the past 29 years? You would be able to act like all the mistakes that you have made never happened? This is exactly what Kate did. But when her past collides with her future, she must learn to be herself no matter what.

Kate having nothing left but to try to reinvent herself, goes back to college as a 19 year. What she can pull it off. I mean what 29 years can not pretend to be 19 aga
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found Again to be a quick and easy read that I was able to finish in a few hours. The storyline is one I'll bet a lot of readers would like to find themselves in--going back for a do-over in college, trying to get it right the second time around. I understand why Kate's character is trying to hide her age, but it did bug me a bit just from my personal point of view. BUT-I can identify with her from the standpoint of an older student since I went back to college myself about seven years after m ...more
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Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really related to the characters in this book. The author did a good job making the characters relatable. From Dawn who was rebelling and hiding her pain of his dads disrespect of her mom behind her goth persona to Kate who was hiding herself in alcohol to stop thinking of herself as a failure to Carter who was hiding behind his self imposed punishment for the guilt he felt over his inactions in his freshman year. He couldn’t get past it and by staying at the school others didn’t let him forge ...more
Elisabeth Cole
Aug 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Wow, what an incredibly disappointing book! I think this is the first time I mildly disliked a character at the beginning and couldn't stand her at the end! Kate's an alcoholic who slept with her married boss, then was subsequently fired. What does she do? Lies to her mother about her plans and enrolls in college as a 19 year-old. The only catch is she's actually almost 30 and is living in a dorm with other 19 year-olds, trying to fit in. Her first weekend there she hits a party, boozing it up u ...more
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Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She is the author of Pretty Amy, The Next Forever, Dear Cassie, Sneaking Candy, The Possibility of Us and Again. As well as a contributor to the essay collection, Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors On Speaking Up, Standing ...more

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