Again Again by E. Lockhart

Hi All!  It’s Becky, again.  I have been a fan of many E. Lockhart’s books and I was excited when I found out she had a new book just released.  Unfortunately, this one didn’t live up to her past books.  

52305282._SX318_SY475_Title: Again Again
Author: E. Lockhart
Note: I listened to the audiobook.

Summary: Adelaide Buchwald’s life isn’t what it was supposed to be.  Adelaide had to change schools to follow her father to his new teaching job at an elite boarding school, her mother is living in a different city to care for her brother, and Adelaide’s boyfriend just ended their relationship without any kind of warning.  Adelaide will spend the summer as a dog walker on the picturesque campus of her school where she will have options that may lead her down several different paths.

Review: I love multi-verse books, books that travel through multiple dimensions, and parallel universes. I can not put those books down and I was thrilled when I found out E. Lockhart had a new book that explored multi-verses except it really didn’t work for me. I am a fan of Lockhart’s early books. A lot of people seem to dismiss the Ruby Oliver series as being average fluffy YA romances but I always thought there was surprising depth in those books. Lockhart was one of the first YA authors to really explore anxiety and therapy for teens and because of that Ruby Oliver and her story will always have a place in my heart. I also love The Disreputable History Frankie Landau-Banks. Lockhardt received Printz Honors for it and I think the award was much deserved. I have read her newer mysteries and while I didn’t find them without fault (because let’s be honest Genuine Fraud is basically The Talented Mr. Ripley) I did appreciate what she did with them. All of this is to say that I went into Again Again with a very open mind and I just couldn’t get into it. Our main character is Adelaide and she is dealing with her brother’s addiction issues while adjusting to her new private school. Her story is layered and in some ways very relevant to what some teens are going through during our country’s current opioid crisis. I did kind of like her and enjoyed spending time in her head. My issue is with Adelaide’s journey which felt repetitive and as if she really couldn’t make a decent decision. Also, the way the multi-verse is portrayed was just kind of confusing. I admit that I listened to the book and maybe if I had an actual book to flip back and forth through I may not have been confused but, then again, should it take that much work to read a book? Also, there were elements of the story that I wasn’t sure why they were included such as the randomly talking dogs. There are good elements of this book. E. Lockhart is an amazing author who actually crafts her stories into art but even her beautiful proses couldn’t make me love Again Again,

Final Rating: 3 out of 5

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