ARC reviews

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio Review

***I received an Arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

Dnf at 32%

2 stars

Welp, that was disappointing. Again, But Better is popular booktuber Christine Riccio, AKA PolandbannansBOOKS on YouTube this is her highly anticipated debut novel.

Summary from Goodreads

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal — but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change — there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic – the possibilities are endless.

Things I Liked:

  • There honestly wasn’t anything that I really liked or enjoyed, specifically about Again, but better.
  • I liked how the characters had really unique names.
  • Some of the dialogue was funny and quirky

Things I didn’t Like:

  • Dialogue was super cheesy and basic.
  • I felt like there was a lot of filler stuff, like really long descriptions or just parts that really weren’t necessary. Like the journal entries or the postcards.
  • In the 32% of the book that I read, which I know isn’t a lot, but it was enough for me to see where the book was going. It was really boring and nothing was really happening.
  • I feel like other than this story being set in London there wasn’t anything special or really original about his book that set it apart from other YA contemporary romance out there, to me this was just a very typical ya romance.


I felt that this book was really over hyped and boring. I was personally really, really excited to read Again, but, Better as I watch a lot of Christine’s videos and have been following her writing journey for quite sometime. However, Again, but Better just really wasn’t for me. But I can definitely see other people reading this and loving it. Once again HUGE thanks to Netgalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Again, but Better comes out May 7!!

Preorder here

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