Adelaide Buchwald is a “fac brat” (child of a faculty member) at a boarding school. She has just broken up with her boyfriend and is spending the summer walking dogs, and she is going to spend her summer walking dogs. On her third day at the park, she meets a boy.
The narrative splits into three different possibilities (accentuated by bold text) of how the conversation could proceed, before the real possibility plays out.
To say much more would be delving into spoiler territory, but needless to say, this is a summer where anything can happen. This book is so much more than the classic tale of “girl meets boy”.
Adelaide is a likeable protagonist. Her troubles are fairly typical, and she’s just trying to figure out what she wants out of life, while all these possibilities play out around her.
I read this book at the same time period as a watch-through of Community, so I appreciated the major role that different timelines played in the development of the narrative. There’s an endless amount of “what if’s”, and I found it impossible to contemplate the alternate timelines playing out instead of what actually happens.
I would absolutely recommend Again Again. I thoroughly enjoyed Lockhart’s We Were Liars, so I was excited about the opportunity to read this book. I was not disappointed—this book is just as good! It’s like a choose-your-own adventure, except with all the options laid out in front of the reader…and without the possibility of choice either. It’s more the concept of choice, which I suppose means it’s somewhat like predestination. Either way, this was a good book, and I hope to see it on a lot of summer reading lists this year.
I received a copy of this book from Random House Children’s/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.