Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

Again, but Better

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 ...

Details Again, but Better

TitleAgain, but Better
Release DateMay 7th, 2019
PublisherWednesday Books
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance, New Adult

Reviews Again, but Better

  • Bitch
    This review was plagiarized!So, here we are again. A booktuber writes a book and I receive an ARC of it.And, yeah, it was bad.Not a total trainwreck like Zenith, but still... Bad.I have seen A LOT of people saying that they will love this book regardless if it's good or not because they love Christine and that's fine, do what you want. But it also means that I will be as brutally honest as I could be to even it out.I believe that you should alway...
  • Emma Giordano
    I knew I was going to love Again But Better well before I read it. The idea of a girl travelling to London to study abroad at her second chance at college to study what she wants, make new friends, and achieve her goals is all I could have wanted to read about as a teenager. I firmly believe that had I read this book at 17, it would be considered one of my favorite books of all time. For this reason, it gave me a unique sense of nostalgia, despit...
  • Lala BooksandLala
    Unfortunately this one just wasn't for me, which is fine.Things I likedThe character's voice was distinctly different in the 2 respective timelines. While I originally found Shane far too naive, enthusiastic, and overdramatic for my liking as a twenty year old, the portions at age 26 made that choice more clear, as to establish maturity and character growth.Great pacing! The trips to different countries and the balance of time spent at home, at w...
  • Natasha Polis
    THE MOST HEARTWARMING ROMANCE SET AGAINST WHIMSY COMEDYWhat a debut! If you love to laugh out loud and feel a kinship to the main character, Christine does wonders with the funy awkward first love. She just gets it!!I had such a wonderful time reading this heartwarming story about second chances. It encompasses the warmth of a 90s Meg Ryan movie with the setting of Sliding Doors with Gwyneth Paltrow. This is the kind of book that will keep you co...
  • Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
    Can we start over? Writers are often told to write what you know. Even now, when I think of Shane Primaveri; I see Christine Riccio, I hear Christine Riccio, I feel like I fucking know Christine Riccio. So yes, she did write what she knew, because she wrote herself. _______________ *cries in YA* I was really hesitant to read this book, but I made an effort to read it independent of its booktube writer. I tried focusing on the story and stayed ...
  • Melanie
    ARC received via #arcsfortrade on Twitter! If you could go back and do London all over again, knowing everything you know now, would you do it? Friends, I wanted to love this so badly. So damn badly. Christine is not only the actual Queen of BookTube, she was one of the first channels I ever watched. She just seems so kind, and genuine, and I always feel like she radiates positive energy, and she was such a massive part of why I wanted to read ...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    I loved the writing style, but I really just could not get past all the cheating and girl on girl hate. I'm bummed as heck :cI won an ARC of this book through a giveaway hosted by the publisher.
  • jessica
    oh dear. this story made me cringe so much, i now need to make an appointment with a chiropractor to work out the new tension in my keep it brief, this book definitely tries way too hard. im not a fan of the writing - it has a low quality fan fiction vibe to it. im not a fan of the characters - shane is one of the most insufferably immature characters ive ever read. im not a fan of the overly used pop culture references - theres prac...
  • Deborah Embury
    Short review: "Again, but Better" should be written again...but better.You can see the full (memes included!) review on my blog here:
  • Angelica
    Well, I'm officially impressed. not gonna lie, this was pretty good. I read it in two sittings and was unapologetically grinning like an idiot the entire time. Rating: 3.75/5 Anyway, fangirling aside, let's get to this review! There were things about this that I absolutely loved with all my heart, and things I didn't quite love all that much and things I just plainly didnt like. This book is a combination of Fangirl (a book I hated), Anna and the...
  • Amy (libraryofamy)
    "You're bolder than before." *1.5 starsI so desperately wanted to enjoy this book, you guys. But... it's a yikes from me, dawg.Again, But Better is Christine Riccio's debut novel. I want to take a hot second to say that Christine (PolandBananasBooks on YouTube) has done incredible things for the online book community. I know that she's incredibly smart and talented. You can see it in brief spurts in Again, But Better... but sadly, she just missed...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    OH nooooooooooo!!!! Im screaming NOOOOOOO! And a final one in softer tone Nooooo! Im not working on my new song namedNOOOO and I am just saying Noooo to everything about this book.I didnt even hate it because for hating something you have to be passionate about it but there is nothing could make me passionate about this book and I still cannot understand it took Goodreads nomination because I didnt find anything remarkable to vote and award this ...
  • rin ( ̄ヘ ̄) read/watch mo dao zu shi
    upd: this just in: this mess of a book is a nyt bestseller. which is obviously the only reason why it was published. so basically you can publish your dumb wattpad self-insert which hasn't been even properly edited👌 oh wait no you can't, you don't have 400k subs on youtube(yeah im bitter because i know so many people who are actually great writers and they get rejected while querying, while this absolutely mess wouldn't have ever seen the ligh...
  • Ashley Nuckles
    4.5 stars! This story was the literal perfect blend of cheesy and sweet all in one, and it was a great story to kick off my trip in Europe. For some reason, despite the title, I wasnt expecting the jump in timeline back and forth?? And then I stayed up until 3am finishing it because I just HAD to know how it would end after that! ;) I saw Christine in every crack and crevice of this story, and loved it. 4.5 stars! This story was the literal per...
  • sofia ☾
    again, but better should have been rewritten again, but better. this was so bad, unreadable bad. i was screaming from how bad it was bad. the writing, the characters, the plot, everything was far from being good. it makes me wonder whether or not this book would've been published if christine wasn't "one of the most followed booktubers today.➳ shane: shane needs change. her life as a pre-med student with good grades but no friends and far from...
  • Abbey
    *groans for 200 years*I should preface this by saying that Ive been a fan of Christine for a number of years. She is still a favourite of mine to watch on Booktube and will most likely continue to be a favourite. That being said, I found this book mind-numbing, annoying, and it read like a Wattpad self-insert fanfiction. ~ spoilers ~Lets start with the blatant self-insert Christine that is our main character, Shane. Shane is an extremely awkward ...
  • Fabian
    DNF-ed on Page 152! I tried y'all, I really did. But No. No. No. No. No. N to the O! NO!Let me keep this 100, the first 40-50 were actually quite good. They grew on me, kinda like a rash.I found Shanes struggle to put herself out there, to be more open towards other people & to do all the things you're supposed to do when you're 20 incredibly relatabel. Apart from that tho... gurl WTF!1st) I've read a few reviews about this book, before I've read...
  • V. A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you to include it in the choice awards
    UNSAFE READ FOR THE ROMANCE SAFETY GANG. SAFETY INFO AT THE BOTTOM OF MY REVIEW. WHY CAN'T "AUTHORS" STOP TRYING TO ROMANTICIZE DISLOYALTY AND CHEATING?Yet another New adult book labelled as YA. Main character is in College and her language and her conflict is of an adult woman. An immature woman, but an adult nonetheless. And at times she uses strong language. Again, but better is not vulgarly explicit as other books marketed as YA that are in r...
  • Gabby
    DNF @ 200 pagesBleh, I wanted to love this book but for real this was starting to put me in a slump. I absolutely love Christine, shes the first booktuber I ever started watching and shes a huge inspiration to me, and a huge part of the reason I started my own channel. But this book was just not for me. I was not a fan of this writing style- it read like cheesy YA or fanfic or something. There were times where Shane felt sooo relatable to me (mai...
  • may ❀
    i'm SUPER bummed right now bc i was EXPECTING such a fantastic book but the story was really disappointing and the dialogue was so immature and the characters felt so juvenile, ughghghghgbasically it felt like i was reading badly written fanfiction and i am Sad rtc
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    DNF few chapters into part 2. I started reading Again, but Better on 5/6/2019 and finished it on 5/8/2019. This is a book that I shouldnt pick up based on the cover because the cover is cute. Right away I enjoyed the humor, especially when Shane slapped Pilot on their walk to the grocery store. I like that this book focused on an introverted girl who has a hard time making friends let alone dating. Being an only child, she does what her parents w...
  • monica kim
    another book i picked up before bed that basically stopped me from going to bed because i couldnt put it down. 😂 anyways, i genuinely adored again, but better. i was constantly surprised by the turns of the plot and the character choices. i loved getting to know shane and her friends, and i loved getting to watch her grow so much over the course of this story. side note, but the time period this is set in is literally the exact year and semest...
  • Jenna
    If Christine Riccio were a book, she would definitely be this one. Main critique: not enough bananas 🍌
  • Leona Petrovic
    Like Shane herself says: "With five out of five, there's no room to grow! Maybe next time will be five stars." And I totally agree! I think this book was amazing but slightly flawed and I am SO excited to read Christine's future novels because I'm sure they'll be even better. (The book to me is more around 4.5 stars.) So I guess I'll start with the couple things that irked me. I personally don't like when the word "like" is overused in dialogue. ...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    I happen to love rom coms with the specific magical element that is present in Again, But Better so I really enjoyed this. (Seriously, just check my Netflix list.)My thoughts were a roller coaster while reading - meaning that there would be things happening that I'd immediately hate, only to turn that opinion around once they were more developed and explained. For instance, I thought the pacing was odd. The first part is very wordy and it takes a...