again, but betterI feel like I have seen Again, but Better by Christine Riccio everywhere. And if I’m being truly honest, I totally have no desire to read it in the slightest. I’ve made no secret that I’m not a huge fan of books that subscribe to more realistic themes–I much prefer fantasy and science fiction to contemporary–in the past. So, really, this shouldn’t be that much of a surprise. But even though I say this, I have to admit that I’m intrigued by the fact that this book’s main character is a college student. New Adult type books aren’t ones that I see incredibly often. I haven’t had a lot of luck with the contemporary ones, but still.

Ironically, as I was yesterday, I’m kind of torn about whether or not I’m going to add this one to my TBR. I think I’m more inclined to give this one a try just based off the synopsis, but I know it would definitely be on the tail end of my list of books I still need to finish.

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.

How do you feel about Again, but Better? Is this a book you read and enjoyed? Read and hated? Is it one you’re looking forward to or one that you don’t care too much about? What do you think about the set up for Shane’s change of pace? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below! It’ll definitely help me come to a decision for whether or not to add this to my TBR.

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3 thoughts on “Again, but Better [Christine Riccio]; 2019 YA Releases

  1. Definitely not my thing. I read it and really didn’t like it. In fact, once I’m through some uni work I’ll be posting a rant review about it on my blog. Basically, there’s a bizarre moment of magical realism, no real character development or sense of growth, and I got frustrated by the totally unrealistic travelling everywhere thing.

  2. I really liked this – it kept me up all night. There is a bit of a fate/magical element to it, just a tiny bit, but overall the book is really cute and makes me want to go back to London.

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