Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: Again by Lisa Burstein

How far would you go for a second chance?

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?

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My Review
I found Again to be a quick and easy read that I was able to finish in a few hours.  The storyline is one I'll bet a lot of readers would like to find themselves in--going back for a do-over in college, trying to get it right the second time around.  I understand why Kate's character is trying to hide her age, but it did bug me a bit just from my personal point of view.  BUT-I can identify with her from the standpoint of an older student since I went back to college myself about seven years after my first go-around...which gave me a personal view into her character (well, at least partially-I wasn't a party girl the first time around).

Carter, the lead male character, had his own issues from his past-but you still feel just a bit bad for him, even though the issue really is his own fault.  He and Kate seem to fit well together, regardless of their age difference.

But there's secrets...and when you've got those, you know sooner or later things are going to come to a head and people will wind up getting hurt.  

I liked getting both Kate and Carter's POVs, and the Kate's roommate Dawn is a great secondary character.  The writing flowed pretty well (one of the reasons I was able to read through this so quickly), though I did figure out part of the secret a bit early on...though that didn't detract from the enjoyment of the book.

This was a good overall read, 3.5 stars and recommended for the 18+ crowd.

Lisa Burstein Bio
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.
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