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From one of the most followed booktubers today, comes Again, but Better, a story about second chances, discovering yourself, and being brave enough to try again.

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane's made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall,
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Wednesday Books
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    شيماء ✨
    “Shane has been doing college all wrong”

    You fool..........that's the only way you do college.
    ✨    jamieson   ✨
    OKAY UPDATE; THIS COVER IS FUCKING AMAZING


    Christine isn't my favourite Booktuber, but she basically single handedly started Booktube and that's pretty fucking awesome. And she's been working on this for years - even though we all KNOW because of her following she could of got it published ages ago. I totally respect the work & dedication that has obviously gone into this.

    Plus I think the title is so catchy and fun
    Natasha Polis
    Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Still need to read the final draft, but it's a five star from me! 100 STARS FROM ME! So much love and pride for my best friend!
    Melanie

    ARC received via #arcsfortrade on Twitter!

    “If you could go back and do London all over again, knowing everything you know now, would you do it?”

    Friends, I wanted to love this so badly. So damn badly. Christine is not only the actual Queen of BookTube, she was one of the first channels I ever watched. She just seems so kind, and genuine, and I always feel like she radiates positive energy, and she was such a massive part of why I wanted to read Shadowhunters in the first place. But this revie
    ...more
    Sheharzad ⚘
    Dec 05, 2017 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: ya-contemporary
    Update: February 11, 2019

    pretty sure i'm late to the cover art reveal BUT I MUST SHARE MY FEELS DESPITE NOT KNOWING A THING ABOUT THE INSIDE CONTENTS. i live for overanalyzing art. ps. this is all speculation from a literature nerd.

    - see how the division between the white and blue is fluid and not a blunt line in the middle? it appears to be a swaying transition into life as an adult in a new country, suggesting tentative steps to try new things in london. the drastic change in colour could be s
    ...more
    Alex
    Jan 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
    Shelves: cringe
    description

    So, here we are again. A booktuber writes a book and I receive an ARC of it.

    And, yeah, it was bad :)
    Not a total trainwreck like Zenith, but still... Bad.

    I have seen A LOT of people saying that they will love this book regardless if it's good or not because they love Christine and that's fine, do what you want. But it also means that I will be as brutally honest as I could be to even it out :))))))

    I believe that you should always judge a book based on the book and not the author but since this bo
    ...more
    Vicky Who Reads
    Dec 05, 2017 marked it as to-read
    28 September 2018

    Oh WOW look at this cover! Not what I expected, but I really love the colors (the green is GORGEOUS). Illustrated covers are awesome!

    7 August 2018

    but OKAY ALSO WHAT IS THIS--LONDON YOU SAY i am a stereotypical American of course i like British things (shh let's not talk about the revolution). and second chances!!! and British things!!! and feeling like a boring person (because who DOESN'T feel like their life is repetitive?)!!!

    5 December 2017

    Although I'm always somewhat hesitant
    ...more
    Angelica
    Well, I'm officially impressed. This was pretty good.

    Rating: 3.75/5
    This book was so gosh darn cute! I was grinning like a complete idiot the entire time I was reading! UGH!!

    Anyway, fangirling aside, let's get to this review! There were things I absolutely loved with all my heart, and things I didn't quite love all that much.

    This book is a combination of Fangirl (a book I hated), Anna and the French Kiss (a book I really liked), About Time (a movie that is super cute!), and Christine Riccio's lif
    ...more
    Nick
    Jan 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
    I am reading this just because Christine wrote it, because she is an amazing person.
    Allie
    Dec 06, 2017 marked it as to-read
    12/6/17

    Saw some Discourse TM on twitter and wanted to throw in my 2 cents that no one will probably read but I just wanted to throw out this perspective anyway. Putting it under a spoiler cut so you don't have to see it if you don't want to. :P

    (view spoiler)
    ...more
    Jenna
    Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    If Christine Riccio were a book, she would definitely be this one.
    Main critique: not enough bananas 🍌
    Morgan Blanch
    Dec 06, 2017 marked it as anticipated-releases
    You best believe I'm gonna be supporting someone in our community who has spent the past 2 years working her ass off on this book .

    And you best believe I'm side-eyeing all of you who are saying she only got published "because of her following".

    Gaby (lookingatbooks)
    Nov 14, 2018 is currently reading it
    I had to fight people for this at Yallfest so it better be good 😂
    Joshee Kun (조수아)
    Thank you, Macmillan, for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    I like a boy. He has a girlfriend who isn't me, and it's the worst.

    When Christine revealed via BookTube that she was working on a novel, I was very excited. She's a very funny and witty person, so her work must be the same, right? There's usually a lot of skepticism when online celebs publish books, but Christine's debut won't make you feel that way because it's undeniably and irrevocably her that you can't
    ...more
    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    Sep 04, 2018 marked it as not-released-tbr
    Update: 1/22/19:
    Still waiting... 😂
    Update:11/24/18:
    Soooo, everyone who was at yallfest is talking about the ARCs


    Update 10/27/18:
    EEEEEEKKKK!!! I JUST SAW WHAT THE ARCS LOOKED LIKE !!! MY HEART IS BREAKING BECAUSE I CAN'T GO TO YALLFEST TO GET THEM 😢😢😥
    Update: 10/8/18:
    Well, the publishers emailed me and gave me a form to fill out! I'm one step closer to an ARC (hopefully)! 😊😊
    Update: 9/28/18:
    OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH!!!! THERE'S A FREAKING COVERR!!!!! IT'S THE MOST GORGEO
    ...more
    Azrah
    Feb 25, 2019 marked it as crushing-that-tbr-2019  ·  review of another edition
    ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    So apparently wishes do come true. I. AM. SCREAMING!!
    Lior
    Dec 05, 2017 marked it as to-read
    I’m RIDICULOUSLY excited for this one. I love Christine so much, I can’t wait!
    Haadiya // Hiatus
    Dec 07, 2017 marked it as to-read
    Christine!?!?! Riccio?!??!! aka my favorite YouTuber and the founder of booktube?
    I need.
    Leona  Carstairs
    Dec 06, 2017 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: need-need-need
    MY FAVORITE BOOKTUBER IS WRITING A BOOK.
    THIS BETTER BE GOOD.
    Nikki Poulos
    Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019-favorites
    11. March 2019

    I was approved for an arc this morning. You best believe I spent the entire day reading it.

    THIS STORY WAS INCREDIBLE, MARVELOUS, FANTASTICAL, BEAUTIFUL, it also hurt a lil but in a good way?

    (view spoiler)

    ok so im strangely good at being able to work out how a story will end (view spoiler)
    ...more
    Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
    Booktubers books are usually a controversial topic. I'm of the mindset that I should give things a fair chance.

    This synopsis does appeal to me, as I'm in college myself and I'm always wondering if I'm being social enough haha so I'll probably give this book a chance and see what Christine has to say.
    McKinlay Dennis
    Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2018, 2019-faves
    Part 1- 4 stars
    Part 2- 5 stars
    Final rating- 4.5 stars

    Okay so I tried to completely separate Christine from my mind while reading this but the fact is, you can't. Christine is all over this book (I mean of course she is) but with Shane's likes and dislikes, if you are a viewer of her's, you're gonna pick up on all these things. Putting that aside, if you aren't a viewer, you can still thoroughly enjoy this book. I feel like I can't say much without spoiling the book but if you are a fan of Rainbo
    ...more
    Lea (drumsofautumn)
    DNF @ 52 pages but I also read some chapters in the middle and the epilogue.
    So uh. I just.. didn't enjoy this. And I really, really wanted to. I know there's gonna be so many people who are waiting for their chance to drag this but that's not what I want to do. I genuinely like Christine a lot and I loved following her writing journey. But this book is just bad.

    I don't even know where to begin. Maybe it's the self-insert that feels really uncomfortable because there's so many facts in here that
    ...more
    Theresa
    Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019
    I received an ARC of ABB at YALLFest, and after I started reading it I couldn’t stop. I finished it 24 hours later and plan to re-read it again soon! I love the main character Shane a LOT and I identify with her in so many ways. Her inner monologue and thought processes are so similar to my own so it was extremely easy for me to connect with her! All of the characters in this book are amazing and I love them so much! I experienced so many emotions when reading this book. It made me laugh, scream ...more
    emi
    Dec 07, 2017 marked it as to-read
    I mean, I'll probably read this when it comes out.
    Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via a Goodreads giveaway.

    Overall, I think Again, But Better has a lot of good things going for it: the writing is engaging, earnest, and compulsively readable; it spans multiple years of the main character's life; and it's exactly the kind of college YA so many readers have been looking to read. The thing that shines most about this debut is the tremendous amount of heart. The entire story feels genuine and earnest in a way I've rarely read befor
    ...more
    Kristen
    Aug 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
    Ooh, I'm glad she's decided to go the college route with this one, instead of the usual high school setting that's been done 1000000 times before in YA.

    Also, I'm kind of digging the cover.
    Charlotte Decker
    Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    OMG YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY ...more
    Deborah Embury
    Jan 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
    Shelves: young-adult
    Full review on my blog upcoming.
    Short review: "Again, but Better" should be written again...but better.
    Cerine
    Dec 05, 2017 marked it as to-read
    I LOVEEEEEE CHRISTINE SO MUCH, I'M SO HAPPY FOR HER.
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    Christine Riccio has been on a quest to encourage more humans to read since the third grade. No one really listened until she started making videos about books on Youtube in 2010. Now her channel PolandbananasBOOKS has over 390,000 book-loving subscribers. She makes comedic book reviews, vlogs, sketches, and writing videos chronicling the creation of her own novel. She’s also one of the three YouT ...more