Monday, May 6, 2019

Book Review: "Again, But Better" by Christine Riccio

Title: Again, But Better
Author: Christine Riccio
Genre: Contemporary
Page Length: 384 pages
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Date Started: April 30, 2019
Date Finished: April 30, 2019
Rating: 4 // 5 stars 

*I was provided a free e-arc of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own*

Ever since Christine announced that her book was getting published, I was super excited to read it. This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and I'm so thankful that I got a chance to read it early! After reading this, I'm excited for my Barnes & Noble edition to arrive so that I can get my hands on the exclusive content.

This book follows our main character, Shane, who decides to take a semester to study abroad in London as a "re-do" of her first years of college. She also decides to take classes on creative writing and do an internship at a magazine, neither of which she tells her parents who think she's on a premed track. I was excited about this aspect because I'm studying abroad in London this fall and I think that helped me connect more to Shane.

I really enjoyed the side characters, though I wish we had gotten more of them. The main focus was on Shane and Pilot and I loved the angst between them. I love when potential love interests have angst moments, realistic arguments (not toxic fighting--there's a difference), and a struggle to get to happiness. That is so much better to me than couples who just fall in love without any hardship. It's easy to think you're in love with a person who you've had nothing but good times with, but if you have to overcome different difficult things to be with them then it's probably more real.

The plot definitely went into a different direction than I was expecting but I think I liked that. How it happened was a lot better than the different options my brain was trying to come up with. I don't think things would have worked out the same way if a different route had been taken.

I loved all the book, TV, and other culture references as well. I felt that a big reason I connected to Shane was not only because of her personality but also because of her geekiness. I loved seeing a reference that I actually understood, which sometimes doesn't happen in books or tv shows aimed at adults.

Overall, I just thought that this was a cute story and I felt that Shane was really relatable to me personally. I think a lot of contemporary lovers will enjoy this and there's only two things I have to say now: that "I'd really like to eat some shawarma" and "lamppost."

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