Again, Again is a book about love: romantic love, love for friends, love for family. It’s also about how those relationships are interconnected to form something much bigger than ourselves. I saw so much of myself as a young adult in Adelaide. Though I didn’t have the same struggles she did, I had similar experiences with men, similar emotions and anxieties, I’ve even told myself that I’m okay when I truly was not okay. Almost everyone can relate to a character in this narrative, whether it is Adelaide or her brother or a love interest.
Early on, I felt so connected to this character, Adelaide. I have often found myself needing an escape but falling into a hole where I can’t get work done or I procrastinate long enough that something just doesn’t get done at all. After a jarring, but seemingly necessary move, Adelaide feels this way, something I’ve felt often.
I felt like I was re-living the emotions and experiences I had as a teenager and college student through the eyes of Adelaide. This is a poignant journey through love found, love lost, and the emotional growth that comes with those experiences.
The style was of particular interesting. There were several small things that I really enjoyed about this book. This book has a bit of a fourth wall breaking cadence to it. The characters interact, but there are little moments of “it was in her wallet,” or “she was wearing it under her jacket”. The feel of the writing is that the character is whispering these little things to you, breaking the fourth wall (it’s not a play or movie, but you get the idea) and letting us in on these secrets that the other character doesn’t know. It’s honestly a great technique and super engaging!
The asides in the middle of chapters, alternate versions of the how the conversation would have gone – these just speak to me. As a person who goes through every scenario for a conversation, especially a hard conversation, before I have it, this hits deep.
I also loved the inner monologue of the dogs that Adelaide walks, it was a nice touch that brought even more personality out of them. Possibly my favorite metaphor is the egg-yolk-of-misery, I’ve felt this in my bones. When I’ve gone through a particularly hard time emotionally, I’ve felt like there is a film between me and the world and I am the misery filled egg yolk. Just brilliant.
This is a novel that drained me emotionally and built me back up again. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, it’s an easy read that packs an important and valuable message.
I received a galley copy of this title in exchange for an honest review
Again Again releases June 2nd from Delacorte Press! Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this opportunity!
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