Do you remember that book that made you cry your heart out but when you thought of it afterward you realized how light and easy writing was? Almost as if it weren’t talking about tragedy, guilt and darkness that is within each of us? Like it was a story about warm summer and sand and love and long lazy days? But it was so heavy and your soul was heavy from it and you loved it to bits and pieces?
Yes, that would be how E. Lockhart writes. That is exactly how I felt after I read We Were Liars. All five times I had read it. Lockhart’s new novel Again Again makes you feel a similar way although it is a different story.
Again Again is a story about possibilities and how small choices could have different results. It brings to life all parallel universes and endless versions of the main character’s life, Adelaide Buchwald. dealing with complicated family situations, she finds escape in relationships. Problem is that nothing is quite as it seems and maybe what she felt wasn’t love to start with. She is also trying to figure out where to go to college while struggling to fit in with the new school and workload.
Parallel to Adelaide’s love issues, the focus of the novel is also on the siblings’ relationship. She has to come to the terms with her brother’s choices and how they affected the whole family. To put it simply Again Again is a book about different types of love, not just romantic kind.
This is definitely not a light and fun summer romance that you might be looking for, but it is a book that you should read. It might be uncomfortable at times because you would be forced to deal with your own issues and admit some hard truths. That is if you are willing to be honest with yourself.
Who should read Again Again? Fans of All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta, The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, and of course, We Were Liars.
NOTE: Free copy of the book provided by the publisher in exchange for the honest review.