Hello Bookworms, this is a new book I recently read and I have quite a few opinions about it….
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult.
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐(3/5 stars)
Publisher: Published May 7th 2019 by Wednesday Books
Length: Hardcover, 373 pages
Summary: 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, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure! Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart. Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.(Goodreads)
Recommendation: Okay, where to start? There were several things I loved about this book, but also quite a lot of other portions that compelled me to give it a 3-star review. I have always enjoyed books about travelling and exploring new places, so I loved that the author incorporated many travel moments. To about halfway through the book I was loving it. I fell in love with Shane as the main character and her cheesy moments! Unfortunately, at times Shane came off as rather immature, and it seemed as if she was refusing to grow up. These things didn’t annoy me that much though, and I still was enjoying the book. But then halfway through the story, it suddenly had a magical twist, and the characters were brought back seven years in time? It was very unclear, and for some reason, the characters weren’t even confused? That aspect kind of ruined the entire book for me, since after that, the plot was just falling apart, and was not well explained. The characters just moved on, and fell in love? It seems as though Shane really didn’t grow up, and just got everything she wanted in the end without having to work for it. I would recommend this book to those who have heard of Christine Riccio and like her personality(she has a book tube) since the novel is based off. of her, and the main character is identical to her personality. Again but Better is geared towards the ages of 13+, and is classified as YA, but could also be New Adult.
A little about the author: 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 YouTubers behind BOOKSPLOSION. Originally from New Jersey, Christine graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in Film and TV and now lives in Los Angeles, CA. (Goodreads)
Praise for Again but Better
“This funny, poignant debut by a popular BookTuber is full of life and honest reflection, and it’s packed with adventures that will charm readers, whether they’ve traveled abroad or not. Give this to anyone who enjoys tales of self-discovery and first love.” – Booklist
“Half wish fulfilment, half cautionary tale and full of charm.” – Kirkus
“Again, But Better is a fantastic debut novel! Entertaining, clever and impossible to put down.” – Colleen Hoover, New York Times bestselling author
Thanks for reading!📚