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This twisty novel from the New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud asks: What if there were infinite universes and infinite ways to fall in love?If you could live your life...
This twisty novel from the New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud asks: What if there were infinite universes and infinite ways to fall in love?If you could live your life...
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  • This twisty novel from the New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud asks: What if there were infinite universes and infinite ways to fall in love?

    If you could live your life again, what would you do differently?

    After a near-fatal family catastrophe and an unexpected romantic upheaval, Adelaide Buchwald finds herself catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times—while finally confronting the secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind.

    A raw, funny story that will surprise you over and over, Again Again gives us an indelible heroine grappling with the terrible and wonderful problem of loving other people.

    "Inventive, philosophical and romantic." —GAYLE FORMAN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay

    Don't miss, Family of Liars, the eagerly anticipated prequel to the New York Times Bestselling phenomenon, We Were Liars. Available in May 2022!


  • From the book


    A Love Story 

    This story takes place in a number of worlds. 

    But mostly in two. 

    It was the third day of Adelaide Buchwald’s summer job, the summer after her junior year at boarding school. 

    That summer she would fall in and out of love more than once, 

    in different ways 

    in different possible worlds. 

    In every world, she was consumed with the intense contradictions of her heart. 

    Adelaide wanted to be rescued and 

    she wanted independence. 

    She was inclined to laziness, 

    curiosity, and 

    magical thinking. 

    She was all charm and yet deeply miserable. She was a liar and she hated liars. She loved both truly and wrongheadedly. She appreciated beauty. 

    Her job was to walk five dogs, morning and night. They belonged to teachers who were on summer vacation. 


    Lord Voldemort, 


    Pretzel, and 

    the Great God Pan. 

    Those were the dogs. The morning she met Jack, Adelaide took them all to the dog run on the Alabaster Preparatory Academy campus. The run was a sandy space, fenced in and surrounded by trees. Looking through the leaves, she could see the spire of the Alabaster clock tower. She unleashed the dogs and sat on a bench while they frolicked. She listened to podcasts about stupid celebrities she didn’t even care about, trying to stop thinking about Mikey Double L. 

    Adelaide threw balls for the dogs. She threw sticks. She collected poop in small plastic bags, then threw them in the trash. 

    EllaBella said, You’re a gentle human. Can I lean on you? And Adelaide let the dog lean. She stroked EllaBella’s shaggy head. 

    She texted her mom about the breakup with Mikey. She had already told her dad the little she thought he needed to know. 

    Adelaide and her father, Levi Buchwald, had moved to Alabaster Prep for her junior year of high school. Adelaide lived in a dormitory, and Levi in Alabaster faculty housing. His new home was a small wooden house on the edge of campus. It was furnished with flea-market buys and overloaded with books. He was an English teacher. 

    Adelaide’s mother, Rebecca, and her little brother, Toby, had spent the year together in a rental house in Baltimore. Toby was very sick. Rebecca was taking care of him. 

    Rebecca was a knitter. She used to own a store called the Good Sheep Yarn Shop, where she taught classes. Much of her home was dedicated to wicker baskets overflowing with skeins of yarn. And plants, which she tended semi-obsessively. Rebecca was a person who focused very intently on the people, plants, and yarn in front of her. 

    She texted Adelaide back immediately about Mikey: 

    Oh blergh. I’m sorry. You okay? 

    Adelaide lied. 


    What happened? 

    The last thing Adelaide wanted to do was tell her mother the story of Mikey Double L.



    Well, I’m here if you want to talk. Hug!  

    Rebecca often used the fat, spouting whale emoji. Adelaide had no idea what it was meant to symbolize. She wrote back. 

    Breakup was probably for the best anyway. 

    I was sad. But I slept it off and had eggs for breakfast, and now I’m feeling much better. 

    You’re very mature.  

    Adelaide was not at all mature. And the breakup wasn’t for the best. But she didn’t want her mother to spiral into anxiety. That was something Rebecca was inclined to do, with...

About the Author-

  • E. Lockhart is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud. Her other books include Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and the Ruby Oliver Quartet: The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends. Emily lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her online at EmilyLockhart.com and follow @elockhart on Twitter.


  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from April 1, 2020

    Gr 7-10-What if falling in love had infinite possibilities and multiple universes exist? Adelaide Buchwald lives with her teacher father at Alabaster, a boarding school, and walks the five dogs of teachers who are away for the summer. She also must complete a class project to remove herself from academic probation after a disastrous junior year. Miserable after her breakup with Mikey Double L and missing her mother and brother who have remained at their family home because of her brother's addiction issues, Adelaide finds she is not all that inclined to do the make-up work. Chance meetings with different boys result in flights of fancy and scenarios of attraction, rejection, and friendship. The question of reality versus imagination is not always easy to determine; but in these multiverse stories, Adelaide slowly comes to terms with family, herself, and ultimately, different kinds of love. Lockhart's latest book highlights her creativity in both writing and format. Different fonts and typeface help the reader determine reality from fantasy-or does it? This is a thoughtful book of infinite possibilities. Adelaide is a delightful character who makes the plot completely believable in all the worlds in which she exists. VERDICT A lyrical read that's also fun as it addresses myriad truths.-Janet Hilbun, University of North Texas, Denton

    Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    April 15, 2020
    A rising senior's summer follows diverging romantic trajectories in parallel timelines. Adelaide Buchwald is spending the summer dogsitting for her teachers at Alabaster Prep, an elite New England boarding school--and processing both her recent breakup and her brother Toby's opioid addiction. Soon she runs into Jack Cavallero, a boy who wrote a poem about her two years prior--"She contains / contradictions," he wrote--and whom she's idealized ever since. The narrative then breaks into several possibilities of how their relationship might progress. Adelaide also works to complete a set design for Sam Shepard's Fool for Love to save a failing grade from the previous year and tremulously starts to rebuild her bond with her brother despite her feelings of betrayal after the pain his addiction has caused the family. In addition to the fractured timelines, Adelaide's narrative voice occasionally fractures with added line breaks when her emotions are most heightened. Adelaide is white, Jewish, and on reduced tuition at the largely wealthy and WASP-y Alabaster; Jack is olive-skinned, and several secondary characters are racially diverse. What begins as a typical YA romance becomes a thoughtful exploration of the expectations Adelaide places on herself and others; in each timeline, she must confront her own fears and shortcomings. Toby's addiction is sensitively portrayed; the sibling relationship emerges as the true heart of this story in any timeline. A thoughtfully subversive exploration of the diverging pathways of the human heart. (Fiction. 14-18)

    COPYRIGHT(2020) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Booklist

    Starred review from March 15, 2020
    Grades 9-12 *Starred Review* This story takes place in a number of worlds. But mostly in two. Lockhart's moving, high-concept novel follows Adelaide Buchwald through numerous different variations of the summer after her junior year as she misses her ex-boyfriend, falls for someone new, and processes the trauma of her brother's drug addiction. Starting with Adelaide's meet-cute with Jack at the dog park, the story branches into multiple possible worlds. In some, their relationship ends there after a disastrous conversation. In others, they start seeing each other around campus and grow closer, with each new encounter spawning new variations. In all of these different worlds, Adelaide starts talking again to her brother Toby, now out of rehab, and struggles to forgive him despite her grief and anger. If this sounds confusing, it isn't; it's surprisingly easy to follow the main story, the variation to which Lockhart devotes the most time. (The wonderfully illuminating Part IV gets the second-most time.) Font changes and spatial cues delineate the other worlds as variations on a theme, with Adelaide's inner life as the fulcrum around which the story spins. The variations all work together to tell the story of a messy, normal life where connecting authentically with others is perilously hit-or-miss but worth the heartache for what you learn about yourself.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Lockhart nabbed a Printz Honor for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (2008), hit best-seller lists with We Were Liars (2014), and never does the same thing twice. Readers will be all over her latest.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2020, American Library Association.)

  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 4, 2020
    Lockhart returns to Alabaster Preparatory Academy—the setting for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks—to tell the story of a different character. Adrift and languorous in the summer between her junior and senior years, Adelaide Buchwald navigates the aftermath of an unexpected breakup, at least one potential new romance, and a wrenching situation with her brother. Her daily routine revolves around her job walking dogs belonging to vacationing faculty members and working to fend off academic probation by completing a set design project. Lockhart takes her penchant for plot twists to a new level, with a narrative that explores the idea of the multiverse, those infinite worlds loosed by paths taken and not taken. Key scenes are imagined and then reimagined, laying out an iterative feast of ideas about art, possibility, and the creative process for readers hungry for big concepts. Others will simply luxuriate in the storytelling: Adelaide’s ups and downs, the sweetly individual personalities of the dogs she walks, and the dreamy atmosphere of the nearly deserted summertime campus. Ages 12–up. Agent: Elizabeth Kaplan, Elizabeth Kaplan Literary.

  • GAYLE FORMAN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay "E. Lockhart has done it again in this twisty, inventive, philosophical and romantic story about the many ways a person can find, lose, and understand love."
  • JACLYN MORIARTY, author of Gravity is the Thing "My favorite books are those that are hilarious, poignant, utterly unique and brimming with realistic, loveable characters (preferably including dogs). This book doesn't just have all these elements. It has them in multiple universes. I loved it."

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