I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Again, But Better by Christine Riccio
Published by Wednesday Books on May 7, 2019
Genres: College Contemporary, College Romance, contemporary, romance
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From one of the most followed booktubers today, comes Again, but Better, a story about second chances, discovering yourself, and being brave enough to try again.
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.
When I found that the first BookTuber that I ever watched was finally publishing her book Again, But Better it was on the top of my TBR for 2019! I was a dedicated viewer of all her writing videos for the last two years and I was right there to celebrate all her accomplishments. Her writing videos were a source of inspiration for me and I was so excited to finally get an arc through Netgalley of a book that she worked so incredibly hard for. Once I started reading the book I found the story to be entertaining and inspiring for others to pull themselves out of their comfort zone. The travel element of the book was awesome and the author described the locations that the author went to in an accurate manner that it makes you feel like your traveling alongside the characters! But I found myself frequently getting pulled out of the story because not only is the book written by Christine Riccio the main character is basically Christine Riccio!
Once Upon a Time…
Shane Primaveri is a character that doesn’t take many chances in her life and she lives in a constant state of social anxiety. She is going to college but she is just going through the motions and doing what is expected of her parents. Finally, she decides to take a leap and enrolls in a study abroad program in London. This is when she starts to make changes in her life and finally makes friends. Shane even begins to fall for one of her roommates Pilot Penn. Everything is going smoothly until she is faced with a major life decision that could change the whole trajectory of her life. Shane must find the strength to push past her fears and learn that she could always start over again and this time it may involve a bit of magic…
Good vs Evil…
There were times that I felt that Shane Primaveri was downright her worst enemy in this book! The emotional cheating that happened between her and Pilot was very uncomfortable for me. I felt that she should have just kept her distance from him and focus on her other roommates more. Not only was emotional cheating the problem, but the fact that she downright lied to her parents about the study abroad program in London when they put in so much money to support her was completely unacceptable to me.
I was rooting for Shane when she finally stopped thinking only about herself and thought about how others feel. Overall I loved her arc and how she started to really make the decision to go after what she wants in her life. Even though, there were many times I couldn’t stand behind Shane’s decisions I have to keep in mind that Shane was only nineteen years old and barely legal at the time. Again, But Better is a book with a lot of heart in it and I have to say that the good outweighed the bad.
Happily Ever After…
I got lost in the glitter for a second…
I have mixed feelings about this book because there many things that bothered me about this book but there were many things I loved about this book. The one thing that kept pulling me out of the book is that the main character is basically the author of this book and I kept getting distracted by that factor. At times, I felt extremely uncomfortable at how much it mirrored the author down to one of her roommates named Babe that reminded me too much of the YouTuber Tashapolis.
I felt the connection between Shane and Pilot but I really disliked the emotional cheating that was going on between them and how the girlfriend that Pilot had at the time was villanized when her feelings were completely valid! There were times that Pilot was a complete jerk and just didn’t know how to communicate and that turned me off. But I found myself being charmed by him when they had their witty banter and how amused he always was by Shane. I loved their witty banter even though at times the witty conversations was a bit overdone at times.
Although I have to say that the time travel element was my favorite time travel story that has ever been represented! Every time I watch or read about time travel it always has a butterfly effect to it and it just screws everything up for everyone but this had a refreshing take on time travel! At the end of this HEA story, I was left with the warm and fuzzy feelings that a romcom typically delivers. The story made me smile and left me with the inspiring message that there is always a way to start life over again.