Again, But Better

Again, but Better

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

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. 

Thoughts:

I have to admit that I haven’t watched or followed this author on YouTube, although I’ve always been aware of her. I was intrigued to see what this book would be like after reading the synopsis. I thought it was important to put it out there that I’m not a follower of this author, so my review is completely unbiased.

Again, but Better centres around a girl called Shane. Shane has pretty much had her future dictated to her by what her parents want her to do. They want her to become a doctor even though Shane’s desires lie with writing. Shane lies to her parents and ends up spending some time aboard in the UK studying creative writing and interning at a travel magazine. Shane wants a ‘do-over’ with her college experience. She wants to be more outgoing, make friends and truly experience college life. The book is told in two parts. One where Shane is 20 and is studying in the UK and the next set 6 years later.

I thought Again, but Better had an interesting story line. There’s a magical element to this story, which I wasn’t expecting. I hadn’t read about the book or read any reviews before reading the story for myself. I liked the characters even though some of them had silly names. Babe? Pilot Penn? I felt like our main character, Shane, really developed as a character. She felt different in the two time frames and I think that’s so important.

The reason why I haven’t rated this book any higher, is because I had a real issue with the relationship between Shane and Pilot. I felt like it was borderline cheating and further into the book… their relationship just didn’t sit right with me. I also didn’t like the way Pilot’s girlfriend was treated.  I also felt like Shane’s parents were the worst. I know she lies to them and that’s awful, but the way they reacted when the truth was revealed was very uncomfortable for me.

I did like how this book encourages you to live your life your own way, despite what others may think. Such an important message. It also didn’t take me long to read at all. I may not have agreed with the relationship, but I was invested enough to continue reading.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A promising debut!

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Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In The First Half of 2019!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is our most anticipated releases for the first half of 2019. Now, I have to admit, I haven’t really looked into books in 2019 yet! I’m trying to keep up with my backlist, but it’s a struggle I tell you- a struggle!

Here are the books I’ve come up with (book image goes to Goodreads!)

The Similars (The Similars, #1)

This book sounds very intriguing. It looks like it’ll be part of a series too, which is interesting! It’s been a while since I’ve read a sci-fi esque book.

Girls with Sharp Sticks

I’m intrigued to read another book by Suzanne Young. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by her. This sounds very dystopian!

Again, But Better

I thought I recognised the author’s name! This is Polandbananasbooks (A well knownYoutuber) novel! I’m excited to see what this book is like.

These Witches Don't Burn

I like witchy books and this is a witchy book!

99 Percent Mine

I still need to read The Hating Game but I’m aiming to do that soon!

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

Love Kasie West! It doesn’t take much for her to appear on my lists. She’s one of my favourite contemporary ‘fluff’ writers.

The Bride Test

I like the sounds of this book! Again, I need to read a book from the author- The Kiss Quotient- but I’ve heard good things about that one.

There's Something About Sweetie

I enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi, so I’m looking forward to reading this one (again, need catch up with her prior release!)

Famous in a Small Town

This book just sounds sweet and I like a sweet read!

Stain

A.G. Howard always has such stunning covers! I’m looking forward to reading this book. It sounds fabulous. It’s inspired by The Princess and The Pea.

What are you looking forward to reading this year?