Amy’s Thoughts On…Again Again by E. Lockhart (Blog Tour)

Again Again by E. Lockhart

Published By: Hot Key Books

Released: 2nd June 2020

Amazon / Book Depository / Waterstones

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you to Hot Key Books and Faye Rogers for allowing me to be part of this blog tour.

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Synopsis

In this novel full of surprises from the New York Times bestselling author of WE WERE LIARS and GENUINE FRAUD, E. Lockhart ups the ante with an inventive and romantic story about human connection, forgiveness, self discovery and possibility.

When Adelaide Buchman’s younger brother succumbs to a drug overdose, she saves his life. In the aftermath, looking for distraction, she becomes a stylish, bright charmer who blows off school and falls madly in love – even though her heart is shattered.

Adelaide is catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times while finally confronting her brother, their history, and her own strength.

A raw and funny story that will surprise you over and over, Adelaide is an indelible heroine grappling with the terrible and wonderful problem of loving other people.

Amy’s Thoughts

After saving her younger brother from a drug overdose, Adelaide is thrown into a summer of fierce possibility. Looking for a distraction falls in love quickly even though her heart is broken and tries to confront her brother and their history and most importantly her strength. Will her ideas of love change throughout the summer? and will she ultimately become a better person?

Now, I am ashamed to admit it, but I’ve never read anything by E. Lockhart before and was instantly intrigued by Again Again, and wanted to see what her writing was like. I was certainly not disappointed by it, and from my reaction to Again Again I will be looking into reading some more of her work for sure.

Again Again was a very unique story of love, regrets, family and making the right choices. This was a story that stuck with me long after I’d finished the last page and one that I found myself drawn to, even whilst reading. The way it is told is different to any other YA Contemporary I’ve read and this will unquestionably stand out in the market. The idea of alternate universes isn’t one that I have thought or read about before, and to be honest I found it fascinating! It does make you question the ‘what ifs’. What if there are alternate universes out there? What if we’d done something differently? It is thought-provoking and did get me questioning all I know about my life and the choices I’ve made throughout it.

That being said, Again Again can be seen as a complex read, and despite the length of it, it does require a certain amount of concentration. This is due to the alternate universes and retellings of the same event over and over. I’ll admit at first I did get confused by it and had to go back and re-read a few passages, however, by the middle of the book I started to understand and my confusion went. Mind you, if you do start reading this book and get bewildered don’t be scared to re-read passages, it worked for me and didn’t deter from my overall enjoyment of the story.

Adelaide, well she was a character that went through a lot, and I did find myself feeling sorry for her. She had her heart broken, dealt with her brother being an addict and found herself in a pool of misery. She puts on a front, and her way of dealing with her issues was to find love and try to push these problems to the side. All she wanted was to be loved, but she needed to learn to love herself first. Her development throughout the book was admirable and we watched her try to fix her relationship with her brother, being stronger and finally give herself the care she deserves. Talking about her relationship with her brother – I found this to be one of the most appealing traits in Again Again. We don’t see enough sibling relationships in YA, and this one really did break my heart, but also mend it again towards the end. Through flashbacks and texts, we get to see how their relationship flourished, then broke apart, but came back together in the end. The care that Adelaide shows her brother, and the way she worries about him, is honestly so moving and did have me tearful a few times.

Again Again was a beautifully written, touching read that did affect me. It may seem a bit perplexing at first, but once you get through that you come to realise that it’s a heartwarming story all about love, family, regrets and choices. From what I have read, I will certainly be reading more E. Lockhart in the future.

2 thoughts on “Amy’s Thoughts On…Again Again by E. Lockhart (Blog Tour)

  1. I recently read this one, too, and it wasn’t my favorite of Lockhart’s. If you decide to pick up another book by her, I highly recommend We Were Liars. I’m not sure if you read Again Again in physical form or digital, but I definitely think if I would have been able to read it in physical form, I would have enjoyed it more. I think it would have made the alternate universes more clear, and the rereading of passages easier. Great review!

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  2. The “alternate universe” thing also intrigued me. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that features that. This one is also on my TBR for this month. Hoping I enjoy it as much as you did. Great review! 😊💚

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