Again, but Better

Again, but Better

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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.
Publisher: New York : Wednesday Books, [2019]
ISBN: 9781250299253
125029925X
Branch Call Number: YA RICCIO C
Characteristics: 377 pages : 24 cm

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From one of the most followed booktubers today, comes Again, but Better , a story about second chances, discovering yourself, and being brave enough to try again.


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JessicaGma Oct 22, 2019

Yet another anticipated title and it was decent, but there were a few threads, like the emotionally abusive dad that were not addressed in any meaningful manner, so it fell a little flat. Shane was decent as a character, although the love interest who already has a girlfriend is at both times a bit tired, but also probably quite true. The magical plot twist was fun, so it raised itself there.

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nbartos
Sep 16, 2019

This was by far one of my most anticipated titles of the year. I've been watching Christine's videos for a couple of years now, including her writing videos, and I was very excited to see what she had been working on all this time.
Although I was frustrated with a lot of the decisions Shane was making, I liked the contemporary fiction part of the story. However, once it hit that magical element in the second part, I was a little thrown, though I knew something like it was coming. I'm a little grey on the details and even the ethics if that's the right word for what I feel.
Regardless, if you like Christine, you'll like at least the voice of this book because it's just so her. I enjoyed this overall, and I have high hopes for her upcoming work.

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Scarlett_Lucian
Jul 20, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had heard of but was not overly familiar with Christine Riccio, but I'd definitely read another book by her. I thought it was very well written, with lots of nerdy details that made me feel connected to the main character. Very cool, not entirely unforeseen twist, made all the better by the fact that it seemed like a solely contemporary romance up until that point.

If you don't know, Christine Riccio is well known Booktuber on Youtube best known for her eccentric and loud personality. This is her debut novel and I've have to say it was okay.

It definitely fit in with the rest of the YA Contemporary over the last 5 years and the first half of the book is Anna and the French Kiss, just college edition. That includes the male love interest with the "unique name" and already has a girl friend. This is my least favourite trope and the book really didn't need it.

If you don't know this book is about Shane, and if you follow Christine's channel you know right away, it's Christine with just a couple of tweaks. Anyway, Shane is off to do a study writing abroad in England but her parents actually think she's there to do PreMed Program.

She gets there, she makes friends, she meets the love interest and trounces around Europe and then you know her parents finds out and drama ensues.

I want to point out that Shane's dad is emotionally abusive and it's never address at the end, and her mom is does absolutely nothing because she wants Shane to have the Doctor Life she couldn't have.

Now, there is some pluses, there is a twist about 3 quarters of the way through and I think that's where of the book is the most interesting but I won't spoil anything.

Overall, if you liked Anna and the French Kiss you will probably like this, if you didn't you could probably pass. It's a light contemporary read, nothing less, nothing more.

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