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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

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    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. 

    EllaBella, 

    Lord Voldemort, 

    Rabbit, 

    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. 

    Yeah. 

    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.

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  • 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.

  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Tavia Gilbert's rich, expressive voice conveys the wide range of characters in this sometimes funny yet often heartrending story of rising senior Adelaide Buchwald's summer of discontent. Her family has been torn apart by her younger brother Toby's drug addiction. Now Adelaide lives in Massachusetts with her father at the elite boarding school where he teaches and she is a student, while her mother and brother live in Baltimore, where Toby is in rehabilitation. Adelaide staggers through the summer, falling in and out of love and attempting to restore her relationship with Toby. Lockhart gives us a story in which time and speech are fragmented and different outcomes are possible. Gilbert's skillfully executed pacing weaves everything together in this stunning production. S.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award � AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine
  • School Library Journal

    September 1, 2020

    Gr 7 Up-The infinite outcomes of the multiverse theory are explored, sometimes heartbreakingly, in Lockhart's (We Were Liars) latest YA novel. Instead of wondering about what might have happened if different choices had been made, readers explore the many paths protagonist Adelaide Buchwald's summer could have taken. Adelaide is fresh off of an unexpected breakup and is spending her time as a dog walker for some of the teachers at the high school where her dad teaches; she's also attempting to complete a project for a theater design class or run the risk of failing and being expelled. Each version of her summer includes love, friendship, and how Adelaide and her family are dealing with the drug addiction of her younger brother Toby. This is not a simple romance of what could have been. The family dynamic and difficulties seem more important, affecting everything else in Adelaide's life. The various characters are voiced well by Tavia Gilbert, each person separate and distinct. Powerful emotions come through; the pain and anguish are palpable and displayed well through the voice acting. VERDICT For listeners in seach of a realistic tale with a dash of romance, an exploration of emotional trauma, and an unusual format. The attempt to distinguish the multiverses is made through sound cues, but aren't entirely successful for those listening without the book nearby.-Courtney Pentland, Omaha, NE

    Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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