Title: Again, But Better
Author: Christine Riccio
Genre: Slice of Life, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Shane Primaveri is just another average college student. She feels that nothing she has done is quite special or even just for her. That is until she decides to do a semester abroad without telling her parents the real reason that she is there. On this trip, Shane will discover more about herself and a certain person named Pilot. But, nothing really happens, that is until six years later, when Shane gets the chance to do this Again, But Better.
There is a lot of room for improvement as this is her debut novel. The romance felt a little all over the place especially on Pilot’s part. I feel his interest was never fully there. The times in this book were also weird with the years being 2011 and 2017. There was a lot of inconsistencies with the times and writing like her saying legit in 2011 when that was definitely not a thing back then. I only say this because the author really wanted to emphasize this was specifically 2011.
This is an adorable kind-of middle grade novel. It is advertised as Young Adult but honestly this really is a book I would’ve read and loved in middle school. It’s an adorable romance with the cutest moments throughout.
This book is written by Christine Riccio who is a YouTuber/Blogger that I am a huge fan of. She acts like me and shares the same name as me too so I obviously have a bias and had to get her debut novel. I feel like this novel is a sort of autobiography for her life and how it could have gone and I just love that about this book. Her writing style is very similar to how she talks as well so if you are her fan, you will see the dynamics.
I thought this was an adorable, feel-good, romance novel that would be a great beach read. Definitely one that I would recommend to middle/high schoolers but a cute read either way.
My similar recommendation for this novel would be Re:Zero by Tappei Nagatsuki.
“He laughs, interrupting me.’You have a habit of smacking people?’
‘No.’ my voice rises a few pitches. ‘I mean, not smacking people. Jeez’
‘I mean, hitting people, lightly, sometimes.’
His eyes narrow. ‘Is this a serious problem? Do you go to meetings for this?’
I bite back a laugh. ‘No!’