Eleven years after flunking out of college, Kate has finally hit rock-bottom. Losing her job and boyfriend in one drunken night, she’s determined to fix her life by going back to the moment when she let partying and sex take over. And do things right this time. At twenty-nine, she heads back to freshman year of college, with a catch.
Pretending she's nineteen with a new roommate and full class schedule is easy. When she meets her shy, sexy and seven-years-younger RA, Carter, following her self-imposed sobriety and celibacy rules is proving to be anything but.
A senior enduring years of regret, Carter is more than ready to graduate. He’s anxious to move on from the party his freshman year where he witnessed his frat brothers about to commit a sexual assault. Instead of doing the right thing and stepping in, he looked the other way and left. His guilt has made for a lonely four years.
When he meets the new freshman on his floor, spunky and confident Kate, he wonders if his time as an outcast has finally come to an end.
Kate and Carter’s growing friendship and undeniable attraction make it harder to hide the demons from their respective pasts. But when their secrets are finally revealed, will their chance at starting over together still be there?
Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She is the author of Pretty Amy, The Next Forever, Dear Cassie, Sneaking Candy and The Possibility of Us. As well as a contributor to the essay collection, Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors On Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself. Again is her self-publishing debut. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.
What I say: In Again MC Kate has made
a bit of a huge mess of things and wants a do-over. Her plan is to become a teenager again to get the degree she didn't complete the first time round. Again has a kinda of Never Been Kissed vibe but with an interesting twist and a New Adult upgrade. I've always wondered what it would be like to go back to Uni and do it all over again. But as young as I look, I'm not sure I'd ever have the gumption to attempt what Kate does (I ended up doing an MA as a *cringe* mature student* so it wasn't quite the same).
I really enjoyed the story and Kate's antics had me in hysterics. The scenes where she considered how Uni freshers dress or when she commented on the weather made me laugh because it's exactly what I do. Lisa Burstein really nailed the age difference here.
Kate has more than her fair share of problems and it was nice to see her trying to fix things (just not necessarily in the right way). Every time she'd be tempted by certain things, I was desperate for her to resist and learn from the past. I wanted her to succeed and to be happy.
On to Carter. He reminded me a bit of the MC from Almost and I really liked him. It was sad to see how little he thought of himself and I loved how sweet he was *swoon*!
I had my suspicions concerning the twist fairly early on and I was pleased to see it all unfold. I would have liked to know what happened next with certain characters. I really enjoyed Again and loved the MC's. I wanted Kate to fix certain things for herself and would enjoy reading a spin-off with the secondary characters.
4 Stars in my Sky!