This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.
I’m writing this review, wallowing in my music. It features heavily in this book, and brought me back to a place and time where music was my narrative. I could find solace with a lyric from a favorite song and it gave me context. It would ground me. So while you read this, picture Peter Gabriel or Duran Duran as my soundtrack.
I’d heard of Jen Lancaster (the author) before, but had never read any of her books. So, when an opportunity arose for me to read and review her latest book, Here I Go Again, I jumped at the chance. I’m a sucker for funny, lighthearted-but-serious novels with a point. This one didn’t fail me.
A note: when you first meet the heroine, Lissy Ryder, you hate her. She’s a bitch. A really big one. Actually, that made it hard for me to continue with the book initially because I really couldn’t stand her. Lissy is what I call a complete flake-a-zoid. But, in the course of one chapter, this Miss Bitchy-Go-Lately and her life falls to complete pieces. She gets kicked out of her swanky gym, she gets fired, her husband leaves her, and because she’s been irresponsible financially, she ends up living in her parent’s house in her childhood room, complete with posters of her favorite bands.
Lissy is younger than me, so her high school experience more closely mirrors my college experience in regards to music, but still a great background just the same.
For reasons I won’t divulge, Lissy gets a chance to relive the years that brought karma down on her head and change them for her – and her friends, boyfriend, and parents – future. She gets the chance to go back and see her friends, and most importantly her parents, through a different lens – one that is not focused solely on her. Does it change change anything?
This book talks about change, what it means to embrace it, and really, what could happen if you don’t. It’s an exaggeration of the people whom we may have known whose lives appeared to peak in those short years between middle school and college. Imagine if the Queen Bee you knew in school could go back and act different, and how that could change her.
Read it. For real. Also.. join the conversation: BlogHer Book Club: http://www.blogher.com/bookclub/now-reading-here-i-go-again.