Again, but Better (Signed Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition)

Again, but Better (Signed Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition)

by Christine Riccio

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This Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition is signed by Christine Riccio and includes a Q&A with the author, a deleted scene in the form of a lost letter/journal entry, and a unique case color and foil stamp.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250250209
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Edition description: Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 63
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Christine Riccio's PolandbananasBOOKS YouTube channel has over 390,000 book-loving subscribers. She makes comedic book reviews, vlogs, sketches, and writing videos chronicling the creation of her own novel. She’s also one of the three YouTubers behind BOOKSPLOSION- YouTube’s longest running book club. These past four years Christine’s been collaborating with publishing companies and authors; and traveling across the United States to speak on book-related panels to further spread the reading love. Again, but Better is her first novel.

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Again, but Better (The Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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RockandMinerals4Him 2 days ago
I'd heard lots about this book, mainly hype about how good it was going to be, but sadly, it ended up to be a disappointment. Although the premise and the idea was good, the overall execution was lacking. I enjoyed the parts about Shane's writing and her blog (yay bloggers!). Her character as a sketch was also fun and relatable (as in, her character as described in the book fell a little flat as compared to the one that I was imagining her "stereotype" to be). Overall, I enjoyed reading about the travel-abroad experience and her experiences at her job, travelling on the weekends, and things like that. However, I found that the "character makeover" bits were a little bit unrealistic: you don't really just go from not having friends and being in pre-med college to being in creative writing in England and making friends at the snap of a finger! That's simply not how it works. I felt like the characters fell a bit flat in general: most of the other people, aside from Shane and Pilot, were not really talked about, in term of their characters, outside of what they looked like and what they wore. In addition, the writing was just poor: there were many sentences that were "showing not telling," and I even found a typo! Poor storytelling aside, I also felt that the plot was not great? There was a touch of magic, but the magic wasn't well done (I didn't realize what was happening for 3 chapters after the magic happened!) and overall I just thought that, while the idea was good, the execution of the idea did not work well at all. Overall, I thought this book looked good conceptually--the cover is SO CUTE, the plot was good, even the romance was sweet--the writing just failed it, and the book was just disappointing. Because of how the story is written, it also feels so much longer than it actually is: just under 400 pages. Reading more than 100 pages in one sitting felt like a drag (when I usually can take out 350-400 page books in one sitting), and it just felt very slow all around. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for a free review; I was not required to write a positive review. This review first appeared on:
LiteratureWithLylan 3 days ago
I didn't love this book. I just could not get into the plot. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. I enjoyed the writing style (though not perfect - it was somewhat bland at times and the names of characters are overused) and the pace of the book, I just could not get over how juvenile and obsessive the romance was in the book. The author seemed to try too hard to make the character relatable and likable and the main character just ended up coming off as a painful try-hard attempt. Plus, there was just WAY TOO MUCH cheating throughout the book for my liking. I felt like the entire thing was just about how people cheat constantly. Like OMG STOP. But it wasn't a horrible first book. I can understand the allure to the subject matter of awkward first loves and second chances because I always love reading books on those topics. I enjoyed the 2011 reference. They were entertaining and made my heart happy. And there was definite character growth that I can appreciate. I just could not love the book. I do love the cover though! Such a cute cover! Thank you NetGalley and Wednesday Books for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 7 days ago
One of my favorite books! Totally recommend!!
CynB 8 days ago
Again, but Better, by Christine Riccio, is a light romance intended for the Young Adult and teen market. I am almost as distant as possible from that demographic, while still being alive. I read this book with certain presumptions: First, I was probably not going to get a percentage of the cultural references. Second, the dialogue of college kids is different from those of professionals or older generations. Part of it is generational short-hand and part of it is that constant anxiety of being afraid of your own opinions, feelings, and not being cool. Having disclosed all that, this was an enjoyable read. The main characters, Shane and Pilot, find themselves in a Study Abroad program, disengaged from home attachments, and very much engaged in each other. Shane is so painfully plagued by self-doubt and anxiety that she is unable to communicate her own feelings about other people or her own career goals. Although much cooler, Pilot is similarly burdened by “shoulds and coulds.” Their intense romance never really launches and yet, leaves an indelible mark. Six years later, they have an opportunity for a “do-over.” Based on my own memories of college and the conversation of students and kids still in the YA age group, Shane and Pilot seemed relatively authentic. They were reliably selfish, thoughtless, and conniving without ever meaning to hurt anyone, including themselves. They desperately want independence, love, acceptance, and friendship. The story is a lovely fantasy…I couldn’t help thinking how nice a do-over might be! I recommend this book for the intended YA market as well as those looking for a light novel to read by the pool or on the beach. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read an electronic ARC in exchange for an honest review.
SL22268 11 days ago
Loved it! Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I had never heard of the author before, or even the term "booktuber", so going in, I had no idea what to expect. This was a lovely story and fun to read! Shane is not having a good time at college - she is lacking a "life" so to speak and decides to do something about it. Being pre-med (because that's what her parents want) but actually she is in love with writing, she sets off on a study abroad program. Here she meets several friends, and even begins a relationship with a guy! Unbeknownst to her, her mom and dad visit and things go out of control. Flash forward to the future and she is living the life of a medical student, but still isn't happy. She goes in search for those in her past and there is a bit of a time travel adventure (not expecting this!). What will Shane do? Will she choose to change the fate of her future? Or leave it be? Recommend to anyone who loves to laugh and a good love story.
Cassandre Wilson 11 days ago
My college self relates a lot to Shane. She's socially anxious, she's awkward, she's a bit nerdy, she's not sure who she wants to be, she wouldn't go travelling on her own, the list goes on. We both went to London for school to try and find our way... I like that the relationships formed in this book seem real and relatable. When you're in a situation like this, you gravitate toward your dorm mates. Shane, Sahra, Babe, Pilot and Atticus (which, I will admit, is a really weird group of names) become fast friends, but they all seem to be enthralled in their studies and their internships like real students would be. Sure, they travel together and rely on each other, but these people are actually there for school, which I appreciate. And they're diverse, which I appreciate. There is a little bit of a magical event that I didn't see coming, but that really bought this book to another level. It made it stand out from anything else I've read. Sure, it was cheesy and made the story become impossible, but Riccio saves it from becoming completely ridiculous in the way the plot progresses. I also thought there was going to be some borrowing from Jenny Han's To All The Boys I've Loved Before... and I was pleasantly surprised when the plot went in a different direction. My one bigger issue with the book is Shane's relationship with her parents, and how her parents treat her. In the beginning, when she's describing it, she makes it seem like her parents were just hard on her in wanting her to be a doctor, but as we learn later on, her father is borderline abusive (and her mother doesn't seem to see it either). The way Shane was treated by them—with the climax happening in front of a group of other people, no less, which makes it so much worse—and continued to be treated by them in the future was not okay. And I understand that people are not always treated nicely by their parents, but I didn't like the fact that it wasn't really addressed. Shane merely explained it as them not understanding her, and her friends just wanted to make sure she was okay, but that is emotionally abusive and should have been called out as such. But despite that shortcoming, the main message of the story, though not totally original these days, was heartwarming. Riccio really wanted to drive home the fact that until you love yourself as you are, you'll never be able to love someone else, no matter how hard you try or how many chances you get. You're your number 1. And that's a moral I can get behind. 4.5 STARS
TheNatureofPages 15 days ago
I really, really love all the geekish fangirling involved in the novel. It's so clearly written by someone who knows what it's like to eagerly devour a book or to stay up all night hiding under the covers with a flashlight. I was very excited to find a character who is a fellow fangirl. The hilariousness of Shane, the main character, kept me cracking up throughout the book. It took me a little bit to warm up to the characters of the book, but by chapter 4, I had fallen in love with all of them. The warm friendships and relationships throughout this book made it a wonderful novel to curl up and read for hours. Usually, present tense makes me cringe a bit but Christine handled it masterfully. Reading about Shane's life felt like going through all of her adventures alongside her as if I were able to live vicariously through her. There are 2 reasons I rated this book 4 stars and not 5. First, sometimes the dialogue felt repetitive, almost filler. The writing truly shined when we were seeing how Shane saw the world, but I felt as if the dialogue was holding back. Secondly, while I love the whimsical element of the novel, the fantasy part wasn't really explained. I would have loved to have an explanation as to why one character kept popping up. All in all, Again But Better is a beautifully written novel for YA fans everywhere. It contains such comedy and romance that leaves readers feeling warm and fuzzy. I for one hope to see many more works by Christine Riccio!
AllisonMarie28 15 days ago
Again But Better is a story filled with adventure, romance, quirks and TRAVEL! I started it and legitimately could not stop reading – I was up until 5am. Shane is almost a reluctant hero at the start – she’s socially awkward, anxiety ridden and unsure how to make her way in this new path she has chosen (studying abroad). She has goals for herself but not a lot of idea how she’s going to accomplish those goals…but the less she worries about these goals, the more she accomplishes them. I loved that this book is based in London, a place that’s close to my own heart and vibrant with so many experiences that shape any person, let alone a girl in college trying to find her way. I know some may criticize the main character falling into great friendships so quickly, however it makes sense because sometimes, with those golden friendships, people just click! Plus, this group of supporting characters she meets is so much fun and individual with a willingness to look on the bright side, and LAUGH (so much laughter!), in every situation. I honestly can say I didn’t see the twist coming. I was confused at how many pages were left and it felt like the book was ending and not really in a cathartic place for the characters…and I was truly sad! BUT…then the twist happened…and here’s where the characters, especially Shane, start to evolve and grow. Shane begins to find strength, value herself and her goals (which is SO important in today’s day and age) and the book just kept getting better from there. I loved the characters, the plot was interesting and surprising when it needed to be, and this was such a delightful and heartwarming read. I was grinning from ear to ear for most of it - when I wasn’t laughing or pining because of genuine wanderlust. Pick it up – you really won’t be able to put it down!
MelanieP23 15 days ago
Loved this book! Relatable, fresh, funny, and authentic. The author’s writing style makes this book a joy to read from start to finish. I started reading it on a plane ride – I could not put it down until I finished it. I was hooked. The book beautifully tackles the complexities of new romance, experiencing anxiety, shifting relationships with parents in young adulthood, and finding your own voice. The main character’s experience navigating college and young adulthood is so relatable. I felt nervous with her, sad with her, excited with her, laughed with her, cheered her on, and everything in between. Overall, I loved the dialogue, the characters, the setting, and the plot twists and turns throughout. For me, what makes this book 5-star is the writing. This author’s unique voice shines through the dialogue and storytelling, making the book feel humorous, honest, and original. I received an ARC for an honest review. Cannot recommend this book more!
courtofbingereading 15 days ago
***Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review*** You know, it’s crazy how much a book can resonate with you. Appearance wise, a book is simply a collection of words typed upon pages of paper. But, books are so much more than that. Books have the ability to mold themselves into just what the reader needs at that moment. For me, this book was Again, but Better. I wasn’t expecting to connect with this book on such a deep level nor did I expect to love it as much as I did. Before I started reading this book, I saw a ton of mixed reviews which, I won’t lie, made me leery. I went into this book expecting to give it 3 stars; I thought I would enjoy it but not connect with it. Boy, was I wrong. Again, but Better is not only a phenomenal debut but an incredibly easy read. This book sneaks up behind you to firmly take hold of your feelings along with your attention until the very last page. At first glance, this book appears to be about first love. Friends, it is so much more than that. This story is about finding yourself, facing your fears, and choosing the uncertain path over the safe one. It’s about being true to yourself along with your hopes and dreams. Again, but Better is about finding your voice. Shane is a 20-year-old college student studying pre-med. However, she isn't studying it for herself; her parents forced it upon her. They believe medical school is the best career path for Shane because it will provide her with a stable job. Not only is Shane not passionate about science or medicine, but studying has also taken over her whole entire life. She has no friends, no fun college experiences. This leads her to study abroad in London for a semester. Shane hopes that this time abroad will allow her to accomplish everything she should have the past two years in college. And maybe just maybe, it will help her conquer her fears. For me, this book hit home. I’m a 21-year-old college student who isn’t 100% certain on my career path. This book made me question myself: what do I want? Who do I want to be? What are my goals? In conclusion, I recommend everyone give this book a try. It surprised me so it might just surprise you too. Again but Better never failed to make me smile, laugh, cry, cringe, and groan in annoyance. I felt every emotion while reading this book which is the true test of any book.
All_Booked_Up 16 days ago
First of all thank you to netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review! This will not affect my review and all of the thoughts are my own! Again, But Better is a contemporary novel about a pre-med student named Shane who makes the bold decision to study abroad in London as a part of a creative writing program. This book has got it all: witty humor, young love (both unrequited and reciprocated), Taylor Swift references, and a totally relatable main character. Shane is honestly one of the most real characters I have ever had the chance to read about. She is quirky, weird, hilarious, and wrestles with self doubt. I loved watching her character develop and seeing the internal struggles she faced on a daily basis. She has spent her entire life trying to please her parents rather than chasing after her dreams, and I feel like this is such a common theme in today's society. Her study abroad trip is the first time she truly goes against everything shes worked for in order to find herself. Even though it takes getting a second chance at happiness to really stick up for herself, I feel like that made her even more real for me. I loved the subtle nods to Christine's personality in this character: her blog title and love for Taylor Swift- that was so fun to read. Pilot. Phew. This guy took me on a rollercoaster of emotions: I loved him, hated him, wanted to choke him, loved him again, missed him, and then wanted to put him on my keychain. Just know that if you have similar feelings while reading PLEASE DON'T STOP READING. The frustrating parts are so necessary and extremely short lived and it is 100% worth it to push through until the end. The flat 3 crew was so much fun and the group dynamic was perfect. I wish we could've gotten to know them better right from the start but I feel like everything came full circle in the end and the characters really grew on me. I loved how they were all so unique but built amazing friendships over the semester. The whole meaning behind the title was a jaw dropping moment for me and I thought it was GENIUS. This is such a unique and creative story and I have never read anything like it. Christine's writing style had me binge reading and dying to know what would happen next. This book made me stay up until almost 4am reading one night, it's been a long time since that has happened for me. Overall this was one of my favorite contemporaries ever! It had all of the components of a great coming of age novel: self discovery, heart break, friendships lost and gained, wanderlust, and choosing whats best for you even when it's hard. BRAVO to Christine on her debut novel, it was such a fun read! Anyone who is looking for a quick and heartwarming novel then please pick this up ASAP!
BuzzedonBooks 16 days ago
Again, but Better: cute, comical, and a joy to read. I really enjoyed Again, but Better by Christine Riccio. Christine writes a cute contemporary that is not only romance, but also a sweet, finding yourself story. I flew through this book. (Reading it in a matter of two days) I found it impossible to put down, and while I wasn't reading it I was thinking about what was going to happen. This book had me smiling the entire time and laughing aloud, making itself one of my favorite contemporary novels. I really enjoyed the character development in this book. Shane starts out kind of naive and over dramatic at times, but as the story progresses she grows more mature and becomes her own person. As many people are saying, in the beginning of the novel Shane is basically a novelization of the author herself. While this was a bit odd to read at time, since I saw Christine rather than our main character, I did really love Shane as a main character. By the end of the book, Shane really grew and separated herself from Christine, and became her own person. Her character development in general in the second half of the book was executed very well. As for the other characters, I found that I really liked all of them. Overall I really like Pilot as a love interest, though their are a few times that he infuriated me. This book mainly focuses on Shane and Pilot and their relationship, and I love it. I do wish that the side characters played a bigger role in the story. I know they are not the main focus, but I really loved all of them, and I wish that they had gotten more "screen time". I really would have loved to see Shane spend more time with her friends, rather than just spend all her time with Pilot. Overall though, I thought the characters were well developed. I absolutely have to talk about Shane and Pilot's relationship. It was soooo CUTE!!! I found myself smiling every time they interacted. All their banter and antics were hilarious. While I had a few issues with how they got together and the minor cheating that took place, I could not help, but root for them. I loved all of the nerdy things that they liked to do together and all of the little games they would play. I also really liked how the end of the book tied up their relationship. One thing that I found a bit jarring was the fantastical element thrown in the book. I feel like I would have appreciated it a lot more if it was better explained. Even after reading the book, I am not 100% sure how the magical element works. That said, I did like how it played into the story as it brings a whole new meaning to Again, but Better. While I did find it to be a bit jolting in the beginning, I did quickly get used to it, and I did not mind it as much. All and all, I had a very fun time reading Again, but Better. While I did have a few issues with it, I overall really enjoyed this debut. It made me laugh, swoon, and gave me all the feels. This book is highly entertaining and I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a cute contemporary to read this summer. *I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Anonymous 17 days ago
All the feels. This is the perfect "I need a break from thrillers with something upbeat, light, and fun" book. The story was uplifting and just left me smiling. Shane was a character I think most people can relate to, especially when thinking back on their college years. On second thought, I really think all of the main characters in this book are incredibly relatable. Made me think back on my time studying abroad and the amazing experiences and people I met. I highly recommend this book! The only criticism I have it that in the beginning Shane is described as being so awkward and not being able to make friends, yet she easily falls into these great friendships in like 5 minutes after arriving in London. That part felt a bit of a stretch, but not enough to take away from the overall beauty of this book. I received an advanced copy in exchange of an honest review.
ahungerford 17 days ago
Star Rating: 3.75 Cards on the table: I had my doubts going in to this, but I quite liked this book. I thought it was super cute and overall a solid debut. So I was as shocked as anyone to find that I was honestly engrossed with this from the second chapter onward. ** I am going to do my best to not spoil anything so this may be a little vague, sorry about that. ** PLOT Shane feels like she's doing college wrong. She is acing the academic side, but failing at all things social. She has no friends, has never been kissed- let alone a boyfriend, and spends every weekend at home. As a last ditch effort to fix her life, she creates an elaborate lie to be able to follow her dreams and maybe find her true passions in life. CHARACTERS Shane: I found Shane and her experiences to be extremely relatable. Yes, she is extremely immature, but she's sweet and dorky and funny and awkward. You can forgive her naivete. I did love how the internship was portrayed. Every internship I've ever taken part of (hell any job), the first day feels so lonely and confusing. You have absolutely no idea what you're doing or what's expected. Most of the time your supervisor is busy and can't drop everything for you so you just feel like you're floundering. Pilot: Pilot is borderline perfect. And I loved him. HE KNOWS THE BEATLES! A super obscure band that no one knows about… Apparently. A side note about the relationship: I suspected early on that this would be criticized for insta-love. I have to admit, the way Shane reacts to Pilot was SUPER relatable. I am a romantic and I may become a tad obsessed with a crush almost immediately (especially when I was younger). Not in a creepy way, but in the "I hope I see him" kind of way which is how Shane reacts. She find a boy she thinks is cute, their personalities click almost immediately, I do not blame her for thinking about Pilot and hoping to hang out with him. For me, that's real. I may be wrong, but there you go. The Roommates: I liked the roommates. I liked the diversity represented. I think we could have gotten more from them, but I suppose it's not their story so how much do we really need from them? It can be complicated because I want more, I just don't know it its necessary to the story. They are far more fleshed out compared to… The Significant Others: There wasn't really much put into these characters. They're just kind of there and the author doesn't do much to make you feel invested in either of them. Parents: I don't know where to put this, but her parents are the worst. I was anxious reading about them. And I'm going to just come out and say it, her father is abusive. The way he acts is gross and I hated every moment he was on the page. WRITING I thought the writing style was okay. This is a debut but I think the author shows a lot of promise. I think the sentence structure can be odd at times and it takes it a bit of time to get used to. The pacing can be off at times too. May be because this is an ARC and not the final copy so there may be formatting issues, but it felt that at times it would jump forward in time without warning and you're left wondering where the rest of the scene went.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Again, but Better by Christine Riccio is a YA Contemporary/Romance which I received as an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) from @NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. SYNOPSIS | Shane is a 19 year old American girl studying premed at college, more to please her family than because she is passionate about becoming a doctor. Her true passion is actually writing and she decides to do a study abroad semester in London focusing on creative writing. For Shane, this is the perfect opportunity for a do-over. A chance to reinvent herself, to make new friends and most importantly, to see whether writing is something that she wants to try and do as a career. MY THOUGHTS | I started reading this before I went to bed and the next thing I know I have finished the book and it is 5am in the morning! Simply put, I flipping loved this. I immediately pre-ordered a signed hardback edition from Barnes & Nobles and I looked up her book tour dates to see if she is coming to Pennsylvania (she is!). As I am originally from England (but moved to America five years ago for a work opportunity) I thoroughly enjoyed the nod to the different cultures (e.g. the references to the US packaging pasta in boxes whereas in the UK pasta is packaged in bags). There was a few moments where I was genuinely chuckling out loud and I was so invested in Shane and Pilot's relationship. Would I recommend this to everyone I know... lamppost (that will make sense if you read the book!).
Shelley-S-Reviewer 18 days ago
I had never even heard of Christine Riccio until I saw this book on Netgalley. Apparently she is a book reviewer on YouTube with many a follower. I thought I was getting a book about a young woman (20 years old!) going on her first adventure. Well it turns out Shane comes off as being more like a twelve year old, or maybe someone on the spectrum....and the character has very little growth during this time. The first half of the book, I felt like not much happened. I kept waiting and waiting but it seemed we were stuck story line wise. About half way through is when the story picked up and started to gain momentum. Perhaps we needed the first half to lay the ground work for us to understand Shane and why she is the way she is? I’m not sure, it just dragged a bit too much for my liking. Some of the writing just grated on my nerves as well. "Pilot loosed an excited HEY of triumph." This use of the word loosed was used more than a few times. What the heck is that!? This book was a short read at 338 pages but it took me forever to finish it. Maybe because I disliked more characters than I liked...but that alone does not make it a bad book. I just didn't care what happened to the characters, I just couldn't connect, and there were lots of cliches which took away from the story at times. Overall, it was middle of the road read which is why I ended up giving it a middle of the road review...2.5 stars. P.S. I LOVE the cover!
Gracie_Elizabeth 18 days ago
I was blessed enough to receive an ARC of this book-- which was one of my most anticipated book releases of 2019-- via Net Galley. So a huge shoutout and thanks to them! During the start of the book, I found myself bored at times an was confused about where the plot was going. I was so sad to be contemplating giving it a two star rating since I adore Christine. But WHAM! the book smacked me with the feels and the plot took off. And I am proud to repot that I gave this book five out of five stars and and a spot on my favorites shelf. The romance is this book in the first have of this is super cutesy and really, really reminded me of Stephanie Perkin's book "Anna and the French Kiss." That was until the second half. Like wow! I have even.. just wow! If you though the romance was cute the first time around, just wait until the second. I love how the plot involved accidental time travel and how it forced Shane and Pilot back together. It was so sweet and heartwarming to see them for their differences out after they time traveled back to 2011 London and became an official couple. I may have even shed a few tears I was so happy. A character, or two, that I could not stand in the book was Shane's parents-- both go arounds. I was blessed to be raised by amazing parents that are super supportive of me and my future career choices. Growing up I never felt the pressure that so many people, including our main charter Shane, feels to have a specific career. My heart went out to Shane. No one deserves to have their parent's treat them like thy are a worthless no body for not wanting to be a doctor-- or whatever you parents want you to be. Also, I just really hate her dad and he will forever be a villain to me. Just saying. He really rubbed me the wrong way. An aspect of the book I noticed was how Shane's interests were very similar to Christine's. Yes, Christine wrote this book, so obviously her likes and interests in book sad movies were bound to seep in-- but maybe its because I've watched her videos for years, but I felt like I was reading Christine as the main character at times due to all the similarities. But that may have been what Christine was going for. Overall, I enjoyed it most of the time. I died every time Shane knocked over a chair! I loved that quirky and weird (in a good way) aspect of the book. It made it feel real and relatable, not some cookie cutter main character. Any time she had a quirky line or fangirled over a TV show/ movie/ book, my heart just melted and I loved it. I love characters with passion. The only aspect of this book I didn't necessarily like, was close to the end when Shane broke it off Pilot because she wanted to get her career on track of whatever she was doing. Then she seen Wendy had a husband was just perplexed that a woman could be married and have a career at the same time. Now, unpopular opinion alert, I didn't like how Shane thought that because she was a feminist that she would have to choose between a boyfriend and domestic life or to forget him and have a career and me independent. You can have a great career and be married. Just saying. The way that was introduced and handled kind of bothered me, but I'll let it slide. Overall the beginning of the book (probably the first 25-30%) of the book was a little rocky for me, but one the plot took off I was hooked. I loved how quirky and unique this book was. A solid five star rating for me and a spot on the favorites shelf.
book_junkee 18 days ago
I requested this out of curiosity more than anything. I know Christine by name only. I’ve never watched her videos and I don’t follow her on social media. I have seen her as a moderator before, but that’s about the extent of my contact. I liked Shane and Pilot well enough. The first half of the book was a bit of a struggle. Shane’s POV was really rough and definitely didn’t sound like a 20 year old. I never quite settled into caring about these characters, but I was intrigued. Plot wise, it wasn’t what I expected and I sort of liked that. The second half of the book felt stronger. The writing wasn’t as disjointed, the inner monologue wasn’t as young sounding. There is a lot of push and pull, a lot of repetitive word choices and phrases, and a good portion of clichés. Overall, I liked the idea, but was also sort of bored. There seem to be loads of nods to Christine herself in this story and I wonder if I would have liked it more if I were a fan. **Huge thanks to Wednesday Books for providing the arc free of charge**