June 13, 2019

#YABookClub: Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

Today is the first ever YA Book Club Meet Up for Barnes and Nobel and we can not wait to get there!! Make sure to check out our social media accounts for pictures! 

Synopsis: 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.
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About the Author: Christine Riccio's PolandbananasBOOKS YouTube channel has over 390,000 book-loving subscribers. She makes comedic book reviews, vlogs, sketches, and writing videos chronicling the creation of her own novel. She’s also one of the three YouTubers behind BOOKSPLOSION- YouTube’s longest running book club. These past four years Christine’s been collaborating with publishing companies and authors; and traveling across the United States to speak on book-related panels to further spread the reading love. Again, but Better is her first novel.

Rating: 🌟
My Review: Although this book had a couple great quotes that made me laugh so hard, overall this one just didn't work out at all.  The character is supposed to be 20 and then 26 in the two time period POVs but I have to say that they both sounded more like Shane was 15-16 and then in her early 20's.  I really wished that someone who was editing this title would have seen that as well and could have done something with it.   Shane herself was WAY over the top. Which made this one a pain to read. Early on she talks about how she's never been kissed. But its not just that she's never been kissed but that she was kiss blocking herself.  I think in a different setting this could have been so funny.  But by the time you just get there which is about 2% in this title you are already kind of over the over the top writing that this one had.  

This book had a lot going for it but it just felt like this was still not fully formed in thought and execution. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Juvenile Writing, Over the Top Writing, Verbal Abuse 

"This funny, poignant debut by a popular BookTuber is full of life and honest reflection, and it’s packed with adventures that will charm readers, whether they’ve traveled abroad or not. Give this to anyone who enjoys tales of self-discovery and first love." - Booklist
“Half wish fulfilment, half cautionary tale and full of charm." - Kirkus 
"Again, But Better is a fantastic debut novel! Entertaining, clever and impossible to put down." - Colleen Hoover, New York Times bestselling author 
"A story of finding love and finding yourself. Prepare to be completely charmed." - Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling authors of Autoboyography

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