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Again, But Better

Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 12 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (286 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This program includes an author's note read by the author.

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.

©2019 Christine Riccio (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Again, But Better is a fantastic debut novel! Entertaining, clever and impossible to put down." (Colleen Hoover, number one New York Times best-selling author)   

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I would rate 8/10 to leave room for improvement but I can’t.

I will openly admit I bought this strictly to support Christine since I’ve been watching her videos for years. My rating however is based only on the book itself. It’s easy to make yourself like something in order to support someone you like. But I was hooked from go, and stayed up FAR too late listening to part 1 last night and part 2 tonight.
While Christine almost never rates anything full marks as she references in the book I can’t give this book anything other than the highest praise.
I followed the writing journey for Again, But Better through all of the stages but I didn’t want to anything about the book beyond that since I knew it was a contemporary and Christine always recommends going in as blind as you can. I usually don’t but since it’s her book I felt I owed her that.
Anyway I’ll stop rambling 10/10 would recommend. XoXo

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Five stars

I absolutely loved the book. I loved how relatable it was! I literally could not stop reading the book. I am PRAYING you make more books

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Take it on a Plane and Forget It

So I had to read this book for our book club, and I was excited to get back into YA after taking a break and exploring other genres for years. I was interested to see what new YA authors were doing differently than the authors I had grown up with. This story was mediocre at best. With a predictable storyline--even with the sudden time travel--and bland main characters, "Again, but Better" was just another YA travel book about white people who really don't have it that bad. I kept thinking of those teen high school movies where the jock who wants to be a poet or whatever yells at his father, "It's not my dream Dad, it's yours!"
Shane as a character was not endearing. Maybe to other affluent white women she is relatable, but as I was reading her story I just kept thinking that if she really wanted to make some changes and have a different life she should pay her dues and struggle like the rest of us.
At book club the girls and I decided that this book wasn't necessarily deep enough to hold a full hour's discussion. We ended up focusing more on the author's craft than the story because there just was't much of a story to begin with. We also noted that the side characters were very static and deserved more characterization than just background noise to Shane's whining. I wanted to hear more about Serah and Babe.
Anyway if you're new to YA, sheltered, and you want a light read about getting what you want with minimal effort this is probably a good book for you.

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enjoyed so much

I really really really enjoyed this. The narrator did a fantastic job. so often the male voices in contemporary feel wonky but the pilot voice was excellent, as we're all her accents! also loved the book 😊

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Pick this up right now

So a huge fan of Christean from 2011 on I was so excited for this book and it did not disappointed. It is an amazing listen and a beautiful story that made me laugh and cry and all the things in between. I loved it.

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The perfect summer book

I loved this book. I've choosen it because the narrator'voice, Brittany Prestley. In the same time, I discovered a wonderful story, spiced with magic, humour and every day moments which hooked me. A true life lesson, for children and parents both. As I already said, the perfect summer book!

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  • KP
  • 07-13-19

Cute Contemporary with Great Narration

I bought this book to support Christine, and I loved it! It made me feel like it’s not too late to follow my dreams (because as mentioned in the author’s note, it seems like most YA characters have their life together at 16). I also loved the narration! I didn’t even feel like I had to speed it up!

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Good but could've been better

Wasn't hard to finish with the audiobook.
Lots of author insert tho if you haven't been following her for years then maybe this won't be a problem. There's also a lot of references added in for pretty much no reason, setting lacked until the second half of the book. I loved the characters but half of them could've been more fleshed out.
All in all it was a fun story

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Love love love

I absolutely fell in love with this book especially the plot twist!!!!! All the feelings.

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Skip It

I was so excited for this book. The narration is fantastic but I found the main character so grating; nothing about this story was endearing. The jokes didn't quite translate. Neither did the annoying nicknames and asides.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-19

the voice is good

I was disappointed, I've been waiting for the book for a long time, but the protagonist is a 15 year old girl in a 20 year old body who lies to her parents and plays with daddy's money.

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  • Rowan
  • 07-10-19

Phenomenal book

What an engaging book. I couldn't put it down. I'm so glad I listened to it. I had reservations about did I just buy into it because I like the authors YouTube channel but no It is a modern classic. Wonderful!

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  • Charlotte Selby
  • 06-17-19

Incredible narrator

Loved the narrator for this. She really brought the characters to life! A great debut.

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  • Dominica
  • 05-09-19

Loved this book

Though slightly predictable at times I enjoyed every second of this book. With fun twists and relatable characters I was hooked from the start.

All in all a great book and worth the read/listen if you enjoy fun contemporary books. I look forward to other books by Christine.

The narrator was pretty good aswell, definitely one of the better ones I've listened to in a while.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-19

The book I’ve been looking for

I loved this book and would totally recommend it. The audio version is totally the way to go and the readers voice is perfect for the book. I am a fan of the author through her YouTube channel so I wasn’t sure how well her writing would be but I actually loved it. It’s actually a mature young adult book which is so refreshing as they are so hard to find. The main character is 20 and it feels that way in a romantic comedy of a book type sense. It’s nice to have a book speak to me in a real sense in a kind way that leaves you feeling hopeful. Definitely give it a go especially if you are a fan of Christine!

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