Lit Reviews: Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

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Again but Better by Christine Riccio

Shane: white, premed student, and studied abroad in London for a semester

Me: not one of those things

Despite my need for reading stories only with lead characters that identify as black/other POC, I picked this story up on the recommendation of a friend. So,  I visited the library and picked it up and immediately read the authors note. The message really resonated with me and I was sold.

This is for all the teens/ young adults/ adults who feel like they’ve been left behind. You’re not behind. You have time to find yourself and love and adventure. It’s all out there, and when you’re ready to push yourself out of your comfort zone and look for it, you’ll find it. 

While I would prefer to not expose myself, I resonated with Shane on other levels. Yeah, she loves to write and read like me, but it was beyond that. She’s a college student who was reflecting on her college journey and she’s sort of found it… lacking. While I am not necessarily lacking in friendship as she claims she is, I understood her need for adventure. Her feelings of feeling behind her peers on so many other experiences. The desire to get out of her own head and try something new, be the version of herself she always wanted to be. She’s navigating being on her own in London, trying to pursue a career in writing –– a career her parents would never approve of–– and become vulnerable enough to pursue ~romance~. She’s going through a lot of new challenges but throughout the course of her journey, she stayed true to herself. I’ll stay vague on the plot of the story for the sake of spoilers but I do want to touch on the love story angle.

When I saw that the male lead was named Pilot, I just about dropped the book and walked away. Really, my face was like this:

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I don’t understand why there’s a need for these ridiculous white boy names in young adult books. It’s like…I get it, you’re the lead. I told my friend his name and she texted back, “That’s a really dumb name. That’s like naming your child mailman.” Which it is.

Besides the odd name, the banter between Pilot and Shane was really cute and well-paced. I genuinely did feel like they were friends; however, I do wish that there was some more background on Pilot’s history. We get breadcrumbs here and there but I think if it was fleshed out a little more, it would help make his character a bit more dimensional. There was a part in the book where Shane questions how well they don’t know one another and I was like, um, yeah you don’t. 

On the other hand, not everyone is into slow-burn like I am so it’s really up to your own preferences.

All in all, I like the message of the story of encouraging people, at whatever age to step outside of their comfort zones, to be kind to themselves, and be brave with where life takes you. I enjoyed the book a lot and though it has a pretty high word count, I highly recommend it!


 Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it? Also, if you have any book recommendations for me (especially ones with lead characters that are black/other POC), let me know! I’m always searching for some new reads 🙂 

 

 

New Blog, Who Dis (JK)

Selam!

Welcome to my new blog.

It’s nice to have you here on this special day. I suppose introductions are in order, so I’ll try to make this short and sweet. I’m Elsa,  a fourth-year public relations at university in California.  Other things you should know about me are the following: I am a proud Ethiopian, I low-key still tear up over Robb Stark, and I have a deep appreciation for 90s fashion. Brown lipstick is my thing.

Also, I love to write. My  love for writing led me to study PR and consequently, to create this blog.

So, I’ve tried to make a consistent blog for like my whole life. It never worked out. The reasons why they never worked are endless but mostly, I didn’t know what to write and I worried that no one would care to read it.  However, I’ve come to a point where I was like, f*ck it. I’m going to do it.

So. Thus was born Stories With Elsa (SWE). SWE is a place where I’ll speak on a variety of things that are important to me –– books, the arts, college/career, and self-growth.

🗣Telling your story matters because no one can tell it best but you.

This blog is a way to share my story; a concrete place to document the things I am passionate about and the lessons I’ve learned. Also, I hope it reminds you that you’re good enough, capable, and not alone. It’s all love here. 

If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading what I have to say. Come through next time.  

💛

Elsa