AGAIN AGAIN by E. Lockhart is a book that breaks the norm. It makes you see things in different ways, as different futures play across the novel.
Adelaide Buchwald, the main character of Again Again, shows us the many variations of how life can play out. Her story isn’t normal, as scenes get replayed over with different variations. Throughout this book, she struggles with a recent breakup, and a messed up relationship with her brother in rehab. It’s a book that makes you think, as nothing is what it seems.
Over the course of this novel, we see things, but feel a different way. This book is something so much more than words on paper, it’s the feeling that the author puts into the story that makes us think. That’s the best part about it. With Adelaide, we don’t really understand what’s going on at the start, but we see variations of how her life plays out. It really makes you think about seeing things in different lights.
With E. Lockhart, her books aren’t just black and white, and we really felt that in this novel. I felt the main character’s struggles from different angles. I liked the blurred lines between reality and ideas. This book is so much deeper than what you see at first glance.
This book isn’t easy to explain, but that’s also the reason you should read it. It’s not as simple as a sentence summary, it’s a book where you can take any of these ideas and set them up to a different meaning. Again Again is definitely very philosophical and is a challenge to understand, but that’s the beauty of it.
Adelaide’s relationships are so fascinating because of the fact there are so many different variations of them. You see different sides of love, loss, and it makes it feel even more real. I have to admit, this book was hard to get into at first, due to its confusing nature. But if you stick with it, you may find it’s worth the read.
Oddly enough, I loved the fact that I didn’t truly understand the characters. Much like in real life, we never can fully figure someone out, even those we think we know. The relationships played out also felt real because it didn’t just deal with the happy ending, but the heartbreaking pain of letting people go.
Overall, Again Again has the ability to open your eyes to things you never truly thought of and is a worthy book read that sticks with you.
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars
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In this novel full of surprises from the New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud, E. Lockhart ups the ante with an inventive and romantic story about human connection, forgiveness, self-discovery, and possibility.
If you could live your life again, what would you do differently?
After a near-fatal family catastrophe and an unexpected romantic upheaval, Adelaide Buchwald finds herself catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times—while finally confronting the secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind.
A raw, funny story that will surprise you over and over, Again Again gives us an indelible heroine grappling with the terrible and wonderful problem of loving other people.