Friday, October 3, 2014

Book Review: Again by Lisa Burstein

Title: AGAIN
Author: Lisa Burstein
Age Group: NA/Adult 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 9/22/14

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?

My Review: If you had the chance to start again would you take it?

Kate believes she failed the first time around in life. If only she could have stayed in college, studied hard and got her degree, her life wouldn't be as it is now. Ten years later, after a break up and getting fired, Kate decides to reinvent herself and go back to college - as a nineteen year old. Trying to fit in and find her way again, Kate meets Carter, a guy trying to make up for his mistakes three years earlier. Can these two be exactly what each other needs and what happens when the secrets they each hold close come out?

Again is about new beginnings and starting over again. Both Kate and Carter are finding themselves and trying to start over again in different ways. Kate doesn't like who her twenty-nine year old self has become so she heads back to school to start life over. Carter doesn't like how cowardly he was years before and although he can't do things over, he punishes himself by not dating and doing community service work when Kate comes into his life she offers him a chance to begin again.

The concept of this book is something new and fresh, and I truly enjoyed Again. Who hasn't wanted a do over in life or a chance to start over at one time or another? Lisa Burstein captures that feeling in this book about starting over. The characters are all wonderfully written and I loved both Kate and Carter. I also loved the interaction between Carter and his best friend. 

Lisa Burstein's FIVE STAR book, Again, is a book that will have you asking yourself "How far would you go for a second chance?" and "If you could start over again, would you?"

Purchase Links

For a limited time only, Again will be available for $0.99
(Regular price $3.99)

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About Lisa Burstein

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.

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