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?
"Lisa Burstein brings both heart and humor to this new-adult-with-a-twist gem! A witty, sexy, and touching tale about getting it right the second time around." -USA Today bestselling author of Down for the Count Christine Bell
**Stand alone, no cliffhanger. This book contains explicit sexual situations and mentions sexual assault, alcoholism and adultery.**
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About the Author
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, The Possibility of Us and Again. As well as a contributor to the essay collection, Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors On Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats. Like Lisa on FB: https://www.facebook.com/LisaBursteinAuthor Follow Lisa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LisaBurstein Sign Up for Lisa's Newsletter for NEW RELEASES AND NEWS: bit.ly/1l0TIIj
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lisa Burstein has done a great job with this book. Kate is a really likeable character facing not only the troubles of staying sober, she has to do so in college where alcohol is everywhere. Lost and with no idea where to go after losing her job, Kate decides the best thing would be finally getting her degree and staying sober but she doesn't want to be the old lady in freshman year! So the only thing to do is take advantage of her young looks (lucky lady) and pretend to be 19. Her journey through college take 2 is very interesting. She meets people who tempt her to go back to her wild ways, a girl who is pretending as much as she is and who might be the only thing keeping her sane and Carter. Carter who wants to protect her and then just wants her. Carter's chapters were a very good addition to the book, he's just so scared and ashamed for what happened. In many ways he's the one who can't let go of the past, the one who can't forgive himself and that is as much a problem as Kate's secret. I think the story was easy to relate and believeable in many ways as well. The emotions and fears felt real and Lisa is great at keeping humor, sexual tension and drama balanced through all the book. While there isn't really a mistery aspect, because it switches POVs, you really want to know how it ends and how both of them overcome their demons. I laughed a lot while reading this, I kept cheering on Kate in her journey. she made a few very bad choices in the way, and I felt like the friend who sees someone do a bad choice and can't do anything to stop them but that it will lesson later on. And in the end, my heart was one happy warm little place.
Again requires a pretty big leap of faith--can someone in this age of modern technology, where all of our records are computerized and your social security number is your ID, really falsify documentation and be accepted into college as herself, but ten years younger? (A computer hacker? Probably. But Kate isn't. At. All.) So it helps not to think too long and hard on the plausibility of that part. Just accept it, and read on to immerse yourself in the story. As for me, I went back and forth. There were aspects of the story that I really enjoyed--both Carter and Kate are likable characters, as are Tristan (Carter's best friend) and Dawn (Kate's roomie) and it was easy to root for them. I loved the fact that Carter volunteered at an SPCA--cute detail. Kate and Carter's "meet cute" was adorable. Carter's "rescue" of Kate from the frat house was fantastic. I liked the idea of starting over, and that Kate was taking charge of her life after hitting rock bottom. What didn't make a whole lot of sense to me, though, is how she choose to go about it. Okay, yes, start over. Going back to and finishing college is a fantastic idea, definitely. But how could someone with an alcohol dependency problem really think that immersing herself into the whole "college scene", living on campus and all, is a good idea? Temptation is going to be everywhere! I spent a lot of the book shaking my head at her choices, not understanding why she didn't just go back to school as her true self--student loans, grants, financial aid--I'm sure she could have figured out financing once her grandmother's money ran out. She could finish her degree, go on to law school as planned, get a counselor to help with her addiction problems--starting over, but without the same degree of temptation. Also without Carter, though. Which would have been a definite shame, so... I kept reading, even through the head-shaking times. Everything ends well, fortunately, and the aspects that I had the biggest issues with were resolved. I still liked the characters and wanted the best for them, so win-win. People grew and changed and the all lying came to an end, and I was ultimately happy even though Kate does get out of it all just a teensy bit too easily. (Though that could be my Carter bias showing. Did I mention he volunteers at the SPCA? ;)) All in all, it was an enjoyable, though problematic at times, read. Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
How far would go to wipe the slate clean??? Kate goes farther then I think anyone ever would. In Again, Kate is heading back to college 11 years after dropping out. She meets the yummy Carter, who is harboring his own secret past. I loved this book! Lisa Burinstein does a great job blending the story from both sides, and talking about alcohol abuse. I loved Carter and Kates relationship. Carter was intelligent and sweet and caring, and once I got over how OBSESSED Kate was with turning thirty, I really fell for these characters.
Again was one of those reads that once you start, there is no parting yourself from it. I devoured it like a woman starved. Kate Townsend's life is spiralling. After losing her job following the end of an affair with her married boss, she decides to rectify everything that started this downward spiral when she flunked college, by going back to college. Only to do so she needs to becomes nineteen again, ten years younger than she actually is. Raising your eyebrow over this? Trust me. Don't. Carter Blackwood is desperate to finish college and leave behind the mistakes he made in his freshman year. Full of regret he's lonely, until a confident flighty young woman moves onto his floor and unleashes something buried deep within. "Everything changed the minute I realized she needed someone.... Making sure she was okay would be my first step toward redemption." Everything about this novel worked for me, the storyline, the dual perspective, the character voices and the emotion. I fell in love with Kate and Carter and their transition from friends to lovers; his past has shaped a wonderful man wiser than his twenty-two years, yet her vulnerabilities brought an innocence to hers. (I need to point out not that type of innocence, her experience and confidence made those interactions very sexy). Their journey was paced perfectly and brought fun, humour and an abundance of tender, heartwarming and heart aching moments. I would have liked a little more given to Carter revealing his past to Kate, but in the grand scheme of things that is minor and the surprise heading towards the finish line I couldn't have predicted. I would read Again, again and again. It was that good. Lisa Burstein has a writing style that grabs you, doesn't let go until you've flicked the final page and this is a book I have no doubt many will fall in love with. "I will always want the true you, and for you I will always be the true me." 4.5 stars. Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews. Copy originally received from Wordsmith Publicity in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion. I have purchased.