Thursday, October 2, 2014


Title: AGAIN
Author: Lisa Burstein
Age Group: NA/Adult 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date9/22/14

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How far would you go for a second chance?

Eleven years after flunking out of college, Kate has finally hit rock-bottom. Losing her job and boyfriend in one drunken night, she’s determined to fix her life by going back to the moment when she let partying and sex take over and do things right. At twenty-nine, she heads back to freshman year of college, with a catch.

Pretending she's nineteen with a new roommate and full class schedule is easy. When she meets her shy, sexy and seven-years-younger RA Carter, following her self-imposed sobriety and celibacy rules is proving to be anything but.

A senior enduring years of regret, Carter is more than ready to graduate. He’s anxious to move on from the party his freshman year where he witnessed his frat brothers about to commit a sexual assault. Instead of doing the right thing and stepping in, he looked the other way and left. His guilt has made for a lonely four years.

When he meets the new freshman on his floor, spunky and confident Kate, he wonders if his time as an outcast has finally come to an end.

Kate and Carter’s growing friendship and undeniable attraction make it harder to hide the demons from their respective pasts. But when their secrets are finally revealed, will their chance at starting over together still be there?

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A 29 year old trying to re-do college as a 19 year old?!! I was intrigued. I mean..what tha hell? Why not just be a 29 year old? Wellll, very early on you get an explanation and as the novel continues more is revealed. We have Kate (our 29 year old) and Carter (our 22 year old) meeting on the first page and while the sparks fly...their reticence to do anything about it is very evident. Yes! I was very intrigued by that whole part of the story. She clearly has reached a level of desperation to come up with this plan, but I immediately had to give her props for doing whatever it took to better herself. Get it, girl! 

You know what else? These were two broken people. And while Carter seemed to have it more together but he was just hiding from the truth of what he did or didn't do. Meanwhile Kate was a mess but trying so hard to fight her way out of her rut of poor choices and poor decision making and bumbling it through it sometimes. Somehow though, when they were together, they made each other better. I agree. I had some reservations at first, because Kate is such a mess and her entire college idea is kind of insane. Carter, however, has just as much baggage as her. As they get to know each other, I thought to myself that their friendship might be a dynamic of the story as well, and that is a always a fan favorite for me. 

In some ways they both made me want to shake them because they were so frustrating; in other ways I admired their willingness to try to do better for themselves. As with many novels in this genre, it took some hard truths and hurt feelings before they were ready to make a go of it. Boo, to that. The hurt feelings and hard truths. They're very real, and they poor characters. Nice journey to get it all figured out though. 

This is a short read--a 150ish pages. If you're looking for something you can finish and not have to wait for the next one to come out, this may just be the perfect book for you. Totally. There were a few struggles for me early on with the repetitiveness of some of the things that Kate says. A lot. So, that was a hhmmmm, moment for me, but all in all, the characters are engaging and make you want to take the ride with them. 

Shelley: 3 stars
Courtney: 3 stars

About Lisa Burstein
Lisa Burstein is the author of the Young Adult Novels: Pretty Amy and Dear Cassie, and the New Adult Novels & Novellas: Sneaking Candy, The Next Forever & The Possibility of Us. She is also a contributor to the essay collection, Break These Rules: 35 Young Adult Authors On Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats. Again is her self-publishing debut.

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