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Again Again

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Engaging tale of love, possibility, and addiction recovery.

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Veteran YA author E. Lockhart adds an interesting twist to what would otherwise be a fairly typical teen-angst story by weaving alternative possibilities for different outcomes throughout the novel. Again Again asks things like, what if she didn't reply to that text, or what if Jack had never gone to the dog park, or what if her brother never became addicted to drugs? But the story doesn't just pose endless what-ifs. It also takes us on Adelaide's journey to learning how to cope, and where (and where not) to put all her hopes for happiness in life.

The novel starts a little slow and confusing. Adelaide's not very likeable at first, and it takes a little while for the way the alternative universes are presented to sink in and start to make sense. But as we learn more about Adelaide and everything she's going through, she becomes easier to relate to and understand. And the different fonts used for the alternatives help keep things clear. Author Lockhart sometimes creates short lines out of full sentences or paragraphs that look like poetry, but they aren't successfully poetic and mainly seem like trying too hard to do something different. The ending has as many possibilities as the rest of the story, but all of them manage to be satisfying to think about.

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