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Again, But Better

Written by: Christine Riccio
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 12 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 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

What the critics say

"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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Absolutely loved this book!

I literally could not stop listening to this book it was amazing! It was such a great book, especially for a first book. I'm not the most active reader so for this book to actually keep me reading until I finished the whole thing is quite an accomplishment. I would totally recommend this book to any young adult reader; absolutely loved it! Thank you Christene, I can't wait for the next one!

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Fun and encouraging!

The books plot about putting yourself out there and working hard at what you love was so encouraging. I listened to Christine's opening with my sisters and was immediately crying. If you're someone that's still finding yourself, or as I am figuring out changing family relationships as you and your siblings/cousins grow into adults, then I highly recommend you read this book. Christine Riccio puts so much of herself into these characters, and I loved that I was reading a book in which I felt like I new the author. If you haven't checked out Christine on YouTube then I recommend you do she has brought so much love for reading into my life.

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Quirky and Cute

This book had me fangirling.
This story was Christine in every sense. After years of watching her videos and following her writing journey, I feel as though I’ve connected with her. This book is exactly what I needed; it’s fun and inspiring. Brittany gives a great performance that encompasses both sass and awkwardness. Listening to it felt like a theatrical performance.
I am so sad that Shane’s adventure has come to an end. I was left on the edge of my seat following the story and Shane’s struggles. This book was what I needed to hear being a university student conflicted about if I’m living the life I want.
I could not be more proud of Christine for finally getting a book out there and having it be so relatable.
11/10🌟

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-10

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-08

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-14

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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  • BlanketRose
  • 2019-05-11

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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  • gaithon brau
  • 2019-05-08

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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  • Hanna F.
  • 2019-09-18

Amazing!!!

This book has everything you could ever ask for. The characters are funny and cool and relatable. You effortlessly fall in love with the story and the characters. I found myself getting lost in this book and getting so excited that I screamed and clapping and felt so proud of Shane. The book made me cry and laugh and encouraged me to face my own mountain. The plot twists were at just the right moments and I found myself not knowing how it would end in the best anxious way possible. Please read this book. It’s the best thing I’ve read in a very long time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-12

Love the narrator not the story

I got this book because I love the voice of the narrator. Unfortunately I felt the storyline was more directed towards teenagers/beginner college students so it was hard for me to be as invested as I would like. I am sure a younger audience would love this book. To me the overall story line was very simple and predictable. This is a typical feel good story. I personally would have loved to see the main character be less invested in a guy she barely knew and his nickname made me cringe.

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  • MommaRocks
  • 2019-08-19

Loved it

I loved this book. I was almost sad when it ended. The best book I read all year

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  • lea
  • 2019-08-14

don't bother

boring, uninspiring, below mediocre
I'm so sad I love Christine but this book is not good
first world problems unlikable characters and a boring uninspiring plot

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  • Cara Holzer
  • 2019-07-20

To Christine

I loved your book and it made me laugh. I am only 12 and it is one of my new favorites. The Authors note was amazing an I laughed my ass off. Thank your for you amazing novel!!!!!!!!!!😍😍