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(Never) Again

(Never) Again

4.0 9
by Theresa Paolo
Just when she had finally moved on…

…He moved back.

When college freshman Liz Wagner hears her ex's voice for the first time since he moved clear across the freaking country, she does what any respectable girl would do: Dive into the girls' bathroom.

Zach Roberts—the Zach Roberts—is back. And he’s everywhere


Just when she had finally moved on…

…He moved back.

When college freshman Liz Wagner hears her ex's voice for the first time since he moved clear across the freaking country, she does what any respectable girl would do: Dive into the girls' bathroom.

Zach Roberts—the Zach Roberts—is back. And he’s everywhere Liz looks—infiltrating her friend group, buddy-buddy with her brother. It’s enough to ruin college altogether. But what choice does she have but to put on a happy face and pretend he didn't leave her vulnerable and alone in a pile of emotional wreckage?

Pretending works, until tragedy strikes and the only person available for comfort is the one person she wants to stay away from. When Zach turns out not to be the jerk she convinced herself he was, but the boy she used to love, Liz needs to decide whether to open her heart again to the boy who tore it out.

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Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her boyfriend and Milton, their big eyed goldfish. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty which is why she writes new adult and young adult books, reliving the best and worst years of her life through her characters. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Dowling College. On November 11th 2011 at 11:11 she made a wish. Two hours later she was laid off. Jobless for the first time since she was sixteen, she was determined to make her wish come true. Writing became her life again and after many nights of ignoring her boyfriend to spend time with her characters, she finally received the call that all her hard work, finger-crossing, and eye-crossing paid off. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera or can be found in the blogosphere or on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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(Never) Again 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
There were some major issues with this story that I could not overlook. First, let me talk about the things I found interesting about this story. The author, Theresa Paolo, did a wonderful job of drawing me into the story in the beginning. She gave me enough information to keep me intrigued as to why Liz was so conflicted with Zach's return. I enjoyed watching her struggle with her emotions and how the author went about bringing it to the page. I also enjoyed Zach as a character. He was picture perfect - handsome, caring and honest. He treated Liz well and only wanted what was best for her. But then the second guessing and the whiplash inducing ramblings began. I want him. I want him NOT. I forgive him. I forgive him NOT. Damn girl, make up your mind! Yes, I like my heroine to struggle with their decisions, to question and to ponder but this was ridiculous. More so because all this was based on an issue that wasn't that big a deal in the first place. People drift apart, deal with it head on and when the times comes for a confrontation speak your mind, weight the pros and cons of forgiving and forgetting and move on with your life with or without the person in question. Maybe I'm just too old to comprehend Liz's behavior and it clouded my judgement of her. I just could not connect to her and feel for her how I've done for other characters in the genre. What saved the story for me were the additional plot points that were going on besides the romance part of the story. Theresa Paolo deepened the emotions and threw me some curves which helped to keep my attention and continue reading. I still think this was a pretty good story that just didn't reach its potential in my eyes. The story could have gone a different way and some questions could have been answered better, but I'm no author so I can accept this story for what it is - a sweet, romantic tale about reconnecting with the one that got away and seeing if the connection you once had can be reignited again. I received this title in exchange of my honest opinion.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
(Never) Again by Theresa Paolo is a sweet story of a college romance that is a New Adult novel. Our heroine is Liz Wagner, whom we meet early attending her first day of college. She and her roomie, Sadie, join up with Liz’s boyfriend, Joe and their friends on the campus. Much to Liz’s shock, she sees Zach, the boy who broke her heart a year ago. Zach had moved away and never had any contact with Liz. It took her awhile to move on, and now she has found happiness with Joe. But when she sees Zach, after all this time, Liz knows she still has feelings for him, but she is determined to hide it, since she wants nothing to do with him now. But as the story continues, Liz finds out that it isn’t as easy as that. Zach is determined more than ever to win back Liz, even if she is distant with him. As I said above, this is a simple sweet romance. Zach, is a sweetheart, even though what he did was wrong, and we truly never understood why he left for a year and never contacted Liz. But he was great with Liz, never pushing her to accept him, and yet made it difficult for her to ignore him. Liz’s current boyfriend, Joe, seemed nice at first, but in time he wanted to spend more time with his band, and Liz, did not see the obvious staring at her. Perhaps this was because Joe was really just a protective shield on her heart, and getting hurt again. But a tragedy would force Liz to see the truth. Would Liz forgive Zach and be with the one person she truly loved. Could she trust Zach to never leave her again? Besides Liz and Zach, I though Paolo created some nice characters, such as Sadie and Liz’s brother Josh, who was awesome. Paolo has a very nice writing style. I thought (Never) Again was nice sweet simple read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Never) Again is an awesome N/A contemporary romance that captivates you from the very first paragraph with characters that are totally relatable and swoonworthy. Lizzie and Zach will have you laughing, crying and shouting at the pages as they struggle to recapture a lost friendship and love. What a great debut novel for this author. Can't wait to read what's next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are great, and I felt so much for them! I wanted to know how they fell apart and I so wanted them to work things out. Paolo does a wonderful job of taking the reader through a wide range of emotions. The writing is great, very honest and real. I can't wait to read more by Theresa Paolo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holy crappit, this book was beyond amazing.  Lizzie and Zach have unbelievable chemistry. The kind that makes you want them to just jump each other every time they're together, but you know they won't. So when they do... gah, it's like YES! Totally awesome. I love the storyline, filled with heartbreak, but also filled with just the right amount of humor. Zach's jokes were hilarious, and his relationship with Lizzie's brother Josh is so bromantic, I wish I could find two guys who look like them and take a picture of them hugging, ha! Lizzie has a great voice. Enticing and lovable, and you want to reach in and hug her and smack her all at once. She's a worry wart over her brother, a best friend to her roommate, and a girlfriend who wants so much to be number one priority in a relationship she's desperately trying to make work. And when her first love, Zach, pops back in town, she finds the courage and strength to do things for her, while still keeping up her selflessness. She's a wonderful female lead. Zach is everything in a book boyfriend. Funny, passionate, and he loves Lizzie with all he can. He's got a good heart, and holds back as much as he can control around Liz to protect her even if it's killing him. Plus... he's hot. So there's that ;)  (Never) Again is a beautiful, light, fun love story that also has that dose of dramatic that makes you tear up, but leaves you with a satisfied smile when you read that last page. Definitely a book I'll read over and over, just to put that smile back on my face. Wonderful debut, Theresa Paolo. Can't wait to see what else is coming from your genius. :)
Grace_ More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, (Never) Again was just not for me. The synopsis was intriguing and had me looking forward to reading this book. I love New Adult, but as I kept reading I kept thinking it felt more like a Young Adult instead. Really young, Young Adult. The immaturity of the characters was irritating.  Mostly, Liz and her indecisive monologue and actions.  Sure, some immaturity at that age is expected, but Liz really bugged me.  Zach seemed like the perfect hero. Kind, caring, and loving. Not to mention good looking. He leaves town without so much as a goodbye to his girlfriend, Liz. But once I read the reason why he left, I was rolling my eyes. Why couldn’t he tell her? Write. Call. Or when he came back into town. I didn’t get it. And that leads to the last reason why I couldn’t quite connect with this book and the characters. The lack of strong conflict. Zach’s reason for leaving was the only thing that kept them apart. Sure, Liz had another boyfriend, but it was made clear throughout the book that they had no feelings for each other. Overall, it was just too immature for my taste.
TracyG-1 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a book about a love lost.  Liz Wagner was finally enjoying life after the love of her life walked out without a thought for her.  She has a new boyfriend, good friends, and family.  Then, one day, he's back.  Zac Roberts, the one that tore her heart into a thousand pieces is back.  Liz is trying to keep her new relationship, but who does she love more.   This is a lovely book of heartbreak and relationships with friends and family.  It will get your heart in a twist, and you may shed a few tears along the way, but it is well worth reading. 4-Bombs Reviewed by Nicci
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Ok, I'll admit it. The gorgeous cover is what interested me first about this book. I bought it when it was released last October and it got shoved to the side in favor of other new releases and ARCs. I forgot all about it... until I saw the sequel up for review on NetGalley. So, I'm totally playing catch up now.  I love a good second chance love story and was excited to see where this one would go. I enjoyed this book, but I didn't LOVE it. Liz was a likable enough character, but she was so very wishy-washy about her feelings about Zach and it started to get old after awhile. Her boyfriend, Joe, always seemed like a creep to me, so I had a hard time understanding why she would be so willing to hang on to him and excuse his behavior, but not be willing to hear Zach out. I know she was hurt. The way he left her would hurt anyone, but they were young and it wasn't like it was his decision to leave town. Liz's immaturity made it difficult for me to connect with her.  Zach was a great guy. He was dealing with family issues well above what someone his age should be dealing with. He obviously still cared about Liz. The times her boyfriend wasn't there? He was and it wasn't like he was doing it to cause drama. He was just a sweet boy who wanted a second chance – or, at the very least, to be friends. I loved how he stood by Liz's side during the entire book, regardless of how hard she tried to push him away.  (Never) Again was a quick read and it was mostly enjoyable. I can't say my inability to connect with Liz drastically impacted how much I liked this book, but it did to some degree. I am, however, quite anxious to read (Once) Again. Liz's brother Josh plays a pivotal role in the first book, yet he was mostly a mystery. I'm really looking forward to finding out his story – and where life's taken him after the events of (Never) Again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago