Review: Again Again (E. Lockhart)

Again Again
Author: E. Lockhart
Publication Date: June 2, 2020
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★


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.

If you could live your life again, what would you do differently?

After a near-fatal family catastrophe and an unexpected romantic upheaval, Adelaide Buchwald finds herself catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times—while finally confronting the secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind.

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

I’m a fan of E. Lockhart’s earlier releases, and have been eagerly awaiting the chance to read Again Again. It was one of my most anticipated YA books of this spring, and I had high hopes for it. Usually I love the way Lockhart switches up her writing style with every book, but it didn’t work for me here.

I’m sad to say hated the structure of this book. Again Again was trying to do too much. It was this odd blend of a “normal” writing style, prose, texts, and another dimension in bold letters. The prose felt out of place, even though Adelaide is into poetry. I found myself wanting to skip over the broken sentences. The bold dimensional stuff felt redundant, even though I knew what it was trying to accomplish after a bit. I liked the texts, but added in with everything else it just felt like just another thing added to make the story different. All of that made it hard to focus on what was actually going on with the story.

I am frustrated about that. There is a great story about Adelaide and her brother Toby somewhere within all this other extra stuff. It’s a story about addiction and family. Even the romance of the story felt like it took away from time I would have rather spent with Adelaide and Toby’s relationship than everything else going on here.

Hopefully, the frustration with Again Again is just a me thing. I hope other readers enjoy what this book has to offer more than I did.

22 thoughts on “Review: Again Again (E. Lockhart)”

  1. I was just talking to Sam about this book and while she really enjoyed it, she was saying the structure didn’t work for everyone. I’m really curious about it, though.

  2. It’s always a bummer to read something by an author you like only to be disappointed. I’ve been interested in reading this author but haven’t had the chance yet. I’ll know to start with something other than this one.

    1. Yes, I might start with We Were Liars or The Disreputable History of Frankie Landou Banks. Those are my favorites.

  3. I’m sorry to hear this didn’t work out for you! I enjoyed We Were Liars, and I was wondering about this one. Sounds like I can skip it.

    1. Maybe it would work better for you than it did for me. I loved We Were Liars as well.

  4. Sorry this one didn’t work out for you. I read one of Lockhart’s titles that is super hyped, can’t remember the title, and had similar issues so I guess this won’t be for me either. I hope your next read was more enjoyable.

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