Again, but Better Review

After the craziest work week I have had in a long time, I decided to spend the weekend reading instead of baking or doing anything else. I do think my sourdough starter is feeling a little lonely, but I just needed a chance to read a book, and I picked the perfect book to read.

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

This was a quirky, cute book that I am hoping brings me out of my reading slump. It definitely kept me engaged all weekend.

The book is so relatable because we all have times in our past, especially during the college years, where we wish we could go back and do things just a little differently. Shane is stuck on a premed path and her only focus all through college has been her school work. She doesn’t feel like she has made any real friends or had any true adventures or even explored what she really wants to do, which is to write.

So when the opportunity presents itself for her to study abroad, she sees it as her chance to do things differently. To be bold, take chances, and explore her true interests and maybe even fall in love. To make it happen, she will have to lie to her parents, but that’s a risk she’s willing to take.

What I loved about this book is all the nerdy references to other books, tv shows, and movies. I don’t know why, but I absolutely love when books make these kinds of references. It makes the story more relatable. There were so many mentions of Harry Potter and Lost scattered throughout the book that I found myself reading faster and faster just to see the next creative way these titles would be woven into the storyline. It reminded me of me. I am always referencing Harry Potter and my family is actually on season six of Lost right now so Lost references are a daily occurrence in our house. I am also the person who makes a Lost or Harry Potter reference around people at work and end up with blank stares and no one having a clue what I am talking about. So as these things were happening to Shane in the book, I found myself nodding and saying, “Yes! I know how you feel.” I also felt a connection with Shane in the experiences she was having, the struggle to reach out and make friends and the desire to do something that isn’t on the path that your parents have planned for you.

The entire story was just so relatable, and I am glad that I took the time to read this book.

I do have one question for all you library people as I think about adding this book to my library shelves. What genre would you classify this book? I am leaning towards romance, but it could fit into multiple genres, so which section would get the most movement in my genrefied library?

Title: Again, But Better
Author: Christine Riccio
Publisher and year: Wednesday Books, 2019
Pages: 373

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