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Again, But Better

Written by: Christine Riccio
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 12 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (37 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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  • Kasie
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-04-13

Moving and amazing

So now that I finished, I can fully say that I love it! It made me cry a lot for many different reasons, happy as well as sad. I'm in a rough patch right now and this book reminded me to hold on. I thank the author for, not only an amazing read but also a story on resilience that I know is going to help many people get through hard times. If you've followed Christine for a while, you can see a part of her soul poured into this book.

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  • 2020-01-23

Loved!

I Loved this book! Such an enjoyable read. It brought back so many study abroad memories for me

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  • Muffin
  • 2019-12-16

The narrator made all the difference

Loved it! The narrator was awesome! Her ability to play multiple characters and speak with an accent was impressive.

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  • M
  • 2019-11-30

Part Two Equals Awesomesauce

Part One of the book was cringy and lacking in character depth. However Part Two was amazing, witty, tons of character archs, and I empathized more with the protagonist. I hope future books from Christine is more like Part Two. I felt like the writing style also changed with the characters which I love. This book related to my life a lot and made me remember what I too have given up while trying to not be the writer I wish to be. Loved the inspiration and the shared adventures between the protagonist and myself.

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  • Karen D.
  • 2019-10-10

The Best of the Best

I'm a avid audio book listener. Either way listening or reading it is the greatest book in my library. It carries all true forms of life we all experience! Truly amazing the Author is!!!! A must have!!!