by Emma Lord
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Pub Date 24 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 07 Feb 2023
St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books
Most Anticipated by Goodreads, Popsugar, Cosmopolitan, BookRiot, E! News, and More!
An Indie Next Pick
Filled with a friend group that feels like family, an empowering journey of finding your own way, and a Just Kiss Already! romance, Emma Lord's Begin Again is an unforgettable YA novel of love and starting again.
As usual, Andie Rose has a plan: Transfer from community college to the hyper competitive Blue Ridge State, major in psychology, and maintain her lifelong goal of becoming an iconic self-help figure despite the nerves that have recently thrown her for a loop. All it will take is ruthless organization, hard work, and her trademark unrelenting enthusiasm to pull it all together.
But the moment Andie arrives, the rest of her plans go off the rails. Her rocky relationship with her boyfriend Connor only gets more complicated when she discovers he transferred out of Blue Ridge to her community college. Her roommate Shay needs a major, and despite Andie’s impressive track record of being The Fixer, she’s stumped on how to help. And Milo, her coffee-guzzling grump of an R.A. with seafoam green eyes, is somehow disrupting all her ideas about love and relationships one sleep-deprived wisecrack at a time.
But sometimes, when all your plans are in rubble at your feet, you find out what you’re made of. And when Andie starts to find the power of her voice as the anonymous Squire on the school’s legendary pirate radio station–the same one her mom founded, years before she passed away–Andie learns that not all the best laid plans are necessarily the right ones.
"A gratifying romance." - Publishers Weekly
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Emma Lord always writes sweet and fun novels, but I think this one might just be her best yet.
This book is for the type A girlies and celebrates them instead of trying to change them. I've never felt so loved for being a list maker. Andie, our protagonist, goes through a lot of personal growth and yet never loses this part of herself and I think that's so important. We can come to big revelations and changes in our lives but we don't lose integral parts of our identity on the way; we don't always need to change ourselves in large ways to grow.
I found the romance to be sweet and the slowest of slow burns, but that reveal was top notch. I was worried things were going to drag with the current boyfriend to ex boyfriend pipeline, but Lord pulled that together in a really satisfying way!
I think if you like:
-grumpy x sunshine
-copious Taylor Swift references
then you'll love this book.
As always, thank you to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review!
I loved this book. I loved every single character! It was so good. I've been feeling antsy with life in general and this book became a safe haven for me! It was such a great read that tackled relatable issues. I enjoyed how light and sweet this book was. Would definitely recommend!
Emma Lord has never disappointed me when it comes to her writing, so if you take one thing from this review: READ THIS BOOK.
I absolutely loved the whole ribbon-scavenger hunt idea. It’s unique and really clever, and I loved loved loved how it played out.
There’s so much to talk about with Milo and Andie’s relationship. I adored their first few meetings, and how Andie was set on making friends despite his rules. His family’s study room is actually genius, and their interactions together made my heart melt. Some might even call him a Knight in Shining Armor…(iykyk).
A fabulous read, and I can’t wait to see what Emma has next in store!