Again by Lisa Burstein
Genre: New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 22nd September 2014.
How far would you go for a second chance?
Eleven years after flunking out of college, Kate has finally hit rock-bottom. Losing her job and boyfriend in one drunken night, she’s determined to fix her life by going back to the moment when she let partying and sex take over and do things right. At twenty-nine, she heads back to freshman year of college, with a catch.
Pretending she’s nineteen with a new roommate and full class schedule is easy. When she meets her shy, sexy and seven-years-younger RA Carter, following her self-imposed sobriety and celibacy rules is proving to be anything but.
A senior enduring years of regret, Carter is more than ready to graduate. He’s anxious to move on from the party his freshman year where he witnessed his frat brothers about to commit a sexual assault. Instead of doing the right thing and stepping in, he looked the other way and left. His guilt has made for a lonely four years.
When he meets the new freshman on his floor, spunky and confident Kate, he wonders if his time as an outcast has finally come to an end.
Kate and Carter’s growing friendship and undeniable attraction make it harder to hide the demons from their respective pasts. But when their secrets are finally revealed, will their chance at starting over together still be there?
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Book Review ~ ‘Again’ by Lisa Burstein ~ 4 Stars!
‘Again’ is a wonderfully original story within the contemporary romance genre, which I know will resonate with a lot of people. Lisa Burstein beautifully addresses that burning question that many adults feel, ‘what if I had the chance to go back?’
From the get go, I sympathised with Kate and really admired her resolve to go back to University and make a change for herself, even if revenge isn’t the best motive to drive you. To see how desperate some people are for a second chance really resonates with me, and most especially highlighted the message that it is never too late to change your life path.
I love stories that have such strong messages running through them and in ‘Again’ Lisa Burstein did this perfectly.
Carter was an amazing character who was searching and atoning for his own second chance, and my heart broke for the pain he was going through and the guilt he carried for something that wasn’t primarily his guilt to bare. He was the perfect hero for this story, as we see him help and guide Kate in finding her own path whilst she in turn encourages him to move on from his painful sat and build a life that he can be proud of. The give and take on their relationship was lovely to read.
The only thing that keeps me from giving this book 5 stars is probably something that will only be an issue for me coming from my time as a psychology graduate. I’d have liked to have seen some more psychological intervention or motive for Kate’s alcoholism, and a more emotional response from her in the shadow of having fallen off the wagon and breaking the promise she has made herself.
The scenes where she was drinking I felt could have been highlighted a little more and shown to have a bigger impact on her recovery than
Nevertheless this was a superb, clever and funny book that I will know will be a hit amongst fans of the New Adult Contemporary genre.
Lisa Burstein is the author of the Young Adult Novels: Pretty Amy and Dear Cassie, and the New Adult Novels & Novellas: Sneaking Candy, The Next Forever & The Possibility of Us. She is also a contributor to the essay collection, Break These Rules: 35 Young Adult Authors On Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats. Again is her self-publishing debut.