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Again Again

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  4,561 ratings  ·  1,099 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud comes a complex novel about acceptance, forgiveness, self-discovery, and possibility, as a teenage girl attempts to regain some sense of normalcy in her life after a family crisis and a broken heart.

If you could live your life again, what would you do differently?

After a near-fatal family catastr
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Delacorte Press
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Gabriella I read this book as a 17 year old and some of it was almost too much for me too read, so I would wait a few years
Gabriella she is a rising senior in highschool and they never mention her bday in the book so most likely 17

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Emily May
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars. Now, this is the sort of YA contemporary I love: wistful, bittersweet, and sad, but hopeful too.

Again Again is actually quite different to anything Lockhart has written before. I was a big fan of her earlier fun "chick-lit" stuff and never really got on board with her dabbles in the mystery/thriller genre, but while this one is definitely more suited to my tastes, I would say it is not much like her recent thrillers OR her older fluffy books. It's a book about love and loving, but i
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
My head is spinning so fast and I’m truly seeing the stars. I think I start singing “Swinging on a star” right now. ( Which reminded me the heist scene of Bruce Willis’ Hudson Hawk movie. See I’m already thought hungover after reading the book!)

Sometimes if we have second or third chances to do something differently and even though we choose the different paths at the end each path may drag us into the same consequence. Maybe we cannot prevent the inevitable, maybe we’re just puppets who think
Irena BookDustMagic
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
If someone asked me to describe Again Again in three words, I'd say it's simple but complicated, and really unique.

I also think it's realistic, but yet also unrealistic because who gets to live their life again and again.
Or maybe there are alternative universes where we get to see what would happen if we made a different choice. I always liked the idea of them.

I love Liars by E. Lockhart. It's one of the best books I read in my entire life, so Again Again was my most anticipated book of 2020.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, contemporary, 2020, ppb
Well, this was lovely, bittersweet and melancholy.

And welcome back, E. Lockhart. I was afraid you'd succumbed fully to the mystery genre, to writing of the stories I don't enjoy.

I wouldn't call Again Again a complete return to the lighter chick-lit-type stuff of her early writing career. But this is monumentally better than the unfortunate Genuine Fraud.

Again Again is a story about accepting the pain and joys of loving people. The cover might give one an impression that this is a romance, whic
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
“And this other guy, he makes you happy?”
“It’s not his job to make me happy,” she told him.”

Building a book around a gimmick takes some courage. If it doesn’t resonate with the reader, the book may end up forever discarded, spending its life in a sad dusty corner. But if it works, then your bold approach has paid off and the book can be smugly proud of its shiny fancy self.

I’ll start with the gimmick that almost triggered a migraine.

For no discernible reason
the narration
breaks into a verse
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DNF @ p.40

I have a new policy where if a book doesn't grab me within the first 30-40 pages, I no longer finish the book unless I absolutely have to. I feel like if a book fails to grab you from the beginning, or at least make you think it will, that is a shortcoming great enough that it warrants a review.

AGAIN AGAIN was a book I was excited about ever since I first heard about it because I've been a fan of Lockhart since high school (do
Katie B
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is tough to rate because while I did have some problems with the story, l appreciate how the author was creative in her storytelling. There were aspects of the story I really loved, particularly the storyline involving the brother. But as a whole, I wouldn't say this was the most satisfying read. I do think there are readers who will connect more with the story and character than I did.

High school student Adelaide Buchwald is spending her summer as a dog walker. And that's pretty much
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
Oh oh no no, not again. NOT AGAIN.

I’m giving this author a second chance because of the premise and that cute cover although I loathed We Were Liars. And what do I get?

Just the opening: it’s happening again. The-suddenly-turns-into-verses, inexplicably she writes exactly like this:

    “I would let a creepy doctor with a secret basement lab shoot a
    random glowing substance into my ear if I knew it would stop me from feeling the way I do.
    I tried listening to happy music and
    putting on a
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads, e-books, ya
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I read Lockhart’s “We Were Liars” a few years ago and although it is a controversial book, I did like it. I haven’t read anything by the author ever since although I wanted to. I did not know about this book until I saw one of my friend’s rating pop up on my GR feed and I was interested. My first thought that it sounded similar to “Again, but better” but it was actually a bit different.

I did not know that Lockhart had many books released and that she wr
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I am conflicted!!

On the one side, this book is not 'technically' a bad book. E. Lockhart is a wonderful storyteller. The story itself is also told in a fantastically creative way.

On the other hand, I didn't actually enjoy the book. I wasn't satisfied. I wasn't as involved as I would have liked. I like to get lost in a story, and I simply couldn't do that here.

All of that said, I do think this is an extremely interesting novel. Especially seeing the repetition of events happening in all the diff
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Would you believe it, I finished a book!
While this was confusing as heck it still had some good parts and I just loved reading, probably bc I missed reading in general but still this had some good parts.
I hesitate to recommend this tho, it's definitely not for everyone.

I think I would've enjoyed a simpler storytelling than this which had different timeline jumps, it was a mess imo but I definitely liked the writing. It could've been easily a 5 stars in another universe.
The irony of that 🙂

Angela Staudt
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

“Or maybe our encounter was in another possible world. That is, in one of the countless other versions of this universe, the worlds running parallel to this one, we are already in love.”

I don’t really know how I feel about this book. I absolutely loved the author’s book We Were Liars, and internally screamed when I was approved for an eARC, but I just don’t really know what I read. I enjoyed some aspects of this book, but for the m
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I read this in a day but not because it was good. It was just okay. Honestly I just really wanted to finish it. We Were Liars is one of my favourite books and I love the writing style and I shouldn’t compare it to that book but in this one it just didn’t hit any mark for me. I was frustrated and annoyed at times at Adelaide and a couple of the other characters. Toby though was a good one. Nothing much happened and there’s a lot of repetition of scenes because of the “alternate universe” theme. I ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.75 out of 5 stars.

It had been a hot minute since I read an E. Lockhart book, and when I remembered yesterday that 'Again Again' was released I knew I had to read it.

The story overall was peculiar and I don't mean this either in negative or in a positive way. The writing style was very strange, I didn't quiet understand what was the purpose of the ''time lapses'' It didn't make sense to me. I know in a way that this was sort of a coming of age book, but I just disn't get the vibe of that. Maybe
E. you have got to stop doing this to me!

I only have the one heart! You can only fill it to the brim and then break it so many times before I drop dead!

The concept of the multiverse is a very, very hard one to nail in fiction.

(Please see my review of Blake Crouch's enormously awful attempt in "Dark Matter" for more on how easy it is to screw this up).

It turns out simplicity and truth are the key.

Adelaide is a teenage girl about to start her senior year at a pretty prestigious private school t
Lindsay (pawsomereads)
I really liked the majority of this book but then the last 50 pages or so lost me so much that I just have no idea how I feel now. For that reason, it’s hard for me to even explain what this is about.
Again Again is a YA romance with a bit of a fantastical twist with a kind of parallel universe thing going on throughout.
It had an interesting format. It has normal prose mixed with some sections that read like poetry. It also had different inserts from different possible universes and I liked tha
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Again Again is the first book by E. Lockhart that I have read. This is a YA fiction book. I found it confusing at first the way that it was written, and it did take a while to get used to it. It was a quick read, with much of the text being in the form of text messages between the characters.

It is the story of 17 year old Adelaide. Her younger brother is an opioid addict and she has moved away from him and her mother with her father to a boarding school where he is teaching. She has just broken
May 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
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(ARC provided by NetGalley, my opinions are unbiased.)

This book smelt like independent coffee shops and felt like slouchie hats. It sounded like discussions about Proust and tasted like avocado toast. In short, it was the most pretentious Hipster horse hockey I have ever read, and I've suffered through multiple Levithan books.

This book does have it's merits, I particularly liked the idea of it, just not the execution. Adelaide Buchwald (Book Forest if you slam two German w
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
If there is a dog on the cover, I am going to read it. I enjoyed Adelaide and Toby's relationship - it was heartbreaking, pure, and real. I love reading about complex sibling relationships and I expected this to be more focused on the love interest mostly but I'm glad it didn't though. Adelaide seemed a little too much in love with each and every boy she met and maybe that is the point of young love but it made her come off as desperate and annoying. I did like that the author included her feeli ...more
What if you made other choices? What if your life was playing out in a different way in another reality? I cannot believe how wildly close to today’s reality Lockhart’s new book was and it was such a refreshing return to her writing that I loved. I wasn’t a fan of her thrillers, but this….felt very much like the E Lockhart I found so compelling before.

Adelaide is at a boarding school, Alabaster Prep Academy, where her father is a teacher. Her mother and younger brother Toby are living still in B
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-favorites
I ended up really liking Again Again - or should I say The Verse and the Multi-Verse (badumdum, tip your waiters).

E. Lockhart has this ability to just cut to the quick of emotions - especially the fraught emotions of adolescence - in a way that makes an examination of self-worth and emotional maturity not only accessible but still believable. Like, she brings up specific emotional issues in YA books that I can vividly remember experiencing in my youth but not reading about in my own teen readin
Samantha (WLABB)
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, ya, contemporary, arcs
Adelaide and her family were still coming to terms with her brother's addiction. As her family supported him through multiple stints at rehab, Adelaide wanted to be the good daughter, the easy child. She found comfort in assuming these roles, but the longer she played them, the more she lost touch with herself. Now dumped by her boyfriend and on academic probation, she finds herself adrift, but not lost, in a sea of possibilities.

The hook of this book is supposed to be the idea of the multiverse
Nov 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
What did I just read? I’m so confused omg. The good thing was that it was so fast to read, this book has different timelines and I guess it wasn’t that easy to follow up or it was me who got lost after three chapters and gave up in trying to understand it because honestly, I didn’t cared that much about the characters either.
Neil (or bleed)
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it

Heartfelt and poignant. Review when I get the energy to write one.
Oct 01, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

if i had read this last year, chances are that i would've loved it more. i still had a good time.
Bookphenomena (Micky)
DNF at 50%

I struggled with this Contemporary YA quite early on. It's a plot of alternating realities, what-ifs, maybe it could have played out another way. It was confusing initially, but even when I settled into it, I didn't gel with the idea of these characters replaying events and finding different ways to end a scene or situation. Because of this, I basically didn't really care about the characters so I decided not to push on. I think if you like the idea of repetitive scenes played out diff
Trina (Between Chapters)
Sep 18, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF somewhere before 1/4 of the way into the audiobook. Despite my love for multiverse books, the flow of this one was jarring.
Brittany (whatbritreads)
I have never been more confused by a book in my life like… what on earth was this? I’m so disappointed because I usually like e.lockhart but this was just a complete mess. Oh dear.

First and foremost, the writing style. Listen, I know a lot of people aren’t a fan of lockhart’s writing style but I can usually deal with it. In this book, it was quite frankly ridiculous. The amount of times she unnecessarily split a sentence over several lines for no apparent reason actually infuriated me. It just f
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
A little bit difficult to follow at first, once you get into the groove this is a breathtakingly heartbreaking--and yet at the same time, heart-affirming novel. I just loved Adelaide and the many manifestations of her life and her romance.
Where the deepest strengths of this novel lie, however, are in its depiction of addiction and its real effects on a family. I was moved to tears at different times during the interactions between Adelaide and Toby. How awkward and difficult and still a
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E. Lockhart is the author of Again Again, Genuine Fraud, We Were Liars, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and several other novels.

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