Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Review: Again Again by E. Lockhart

"If you could live your life again and again, what would you do differently?"⁣
In 2014, E. Lockhart delighted my students with 𝘞𝘦 𝘞𝘦𝘳𝘦 π˜“π˜ͺ𝘒𝘳𝘴--this book was always checked out in the library and my personal classroom library. Three years later, my students devoured 𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘢π˜ͺ𝘯𝘦 𝘍𝘳𝘒𝘢π˜₯. Even though school is out for Lockhart's new release 𝘈𝘨𝘒π˜ͺ𝘯 𝘈𝘨𝘒π˜ͺ𝘯, I can't wait to get back to school (hopefully!) and share with my students. ⁣
Adelaide Buchwald has just encountered two life changing situations. Her brother Toby is in rehab for the second time for his drug addiction, and Mikey Double L has broken up with her. Now, one of those is definitely more important than the other, but we are talking about a teenage girl here. Adelaide feels like she's lost her brother even though he seems to be doing better. While Toby lives with their mom as he recovers, Adelaide lives with her father who is a professor at Adelaide's academy. ⁣
While Adelaide adjusts to her very recent breakup, she meets Jack whom she actually met before in Boston on a rooftop during a party in which he wrote a little poem for her. Seeing Jack again in a different state seems like fate, and Adelaide falls head over heels in love. In fact, Adelaide has her own addiction problem when it comes to love and relationships, and like most people, she just wants someone to love her back. ⁣
Told in a style that only Lockhart can accomplish, a mix of poetry, prose, text messages, and script, 𝘈𝘨𝘒π˜ͺ𝘯 𝘈𝘨𝘒π˜ͺ𝘯 asks the reader to re-evaluate what is important in life, what addictions we may have within our lives, and we cope with love and loss. And in true Lockhart fashion, there are twists and turns that leave you turning pages so fast you have to go back and see what you missed.

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