Book Review: Begin Again

Book: Begin Again

Author: Emma Lord

Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan audio for an advanced audio copy.

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martins Press for an eARC in exchange for my honest review. 

Brian’s Review:

Begin Again was my first book by author Emma Lord, but it won’t be my last. I really enjoyed her writing style and how much depth she gave every character. The story follows Andie who transfers to her dream college. She has a lot of reasons for transferring to this school, one being her boyfriend Connor was there. Andie does not tell Connor she is transferring schools, Connor also transfers schools and doesn’t tell Andie, so they end up right where they started.

This story is about navigating so many responsibilities and how to manage them. You will make some mistakes but life is about second chances. You can’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends.

Andie and her entire friend group are all such likable characters. I loved watching them all bring their walls down and let each other in. The end of this story is very predictable but nothing about how they got there was. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more of Emma Lords’ work.

Final Score 5/5

Kristen’s Review:

Andie has it all planned out. She planned on transferring from a community college to Blue Ridge State for a few reasons. One was that her boyfriend was studying there. Another is that this is the college that her parents went to so it meant a lot to her to go to Blue Ridge. 

I love the way Andie fits right in with her new roommate Shay. Shay is a bookstagrammer who doesn’t have a major yet. I got way too excited to hear how much she loves books. 

She has questions for the RA in the building, Milo. Milo becomes a big part of the story. He has a snarky attitude and I love it. He gave me Luke from Gilmore Girls vibes many times. 

I did enjoy Andie’s journey of trying to fit in with a new school, making new friends, and making her own path with the radio station. 

My only downfall is that I felt it went on for a bit too long. There were times when I struggled a bit because not much was happening. 

Final Score 3/5

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