Again Again by E. Lockhart
English | 2020 | YA, Romance, Contemporary | ePUB | 7.9 MB
In this novel full of surprises from the New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud, E. Lockhart ups the ante with an inventive and romantic story about human connection, forgiveness, self-discovery, and possibility.
If you could live your life again, what would you do differently?
After a near-fatal family catastrophe and an unexpected romantic upheaval, Adelaide Buchwald finds herself catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times—while finally confronting the secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind.
A raw, funny story that will surprise you over and over, Again Again gives us an indelible heroine grappling with the terrible and wonderful problem of loving other people.
Alabaster Preparatory Academy is a boarding school. It is the sort of place that offers classes like Eastern Religions, Theories of Popular Culture, and Microeconomic Theory. Students play lacrosse and row crew. They live in quaint residence halls that smell of wood and have no elevators. There is a chapel with large stained-glass windows. Most of the buildings are gray stone. There are woods on one side of the campus, and there’s a small town on the other.
The place is full of fairly smart, mostly moneyed kids, largely Protestant, largely white. As such, its history and biases are worthy of some interrogation, which shall not be done thoroughly here, but which has been done elsewhere, you can be sure.
In recent years the student body has become more socially active, and more diverse. Protest posters decorated the dormitory hallways, speaking out against voter suppression, in support of gun control laws and gender-neutral bathrooms. The cafeteria had a well-stocked salad bar and gluten-free options. There were multiple student affinity groups.
Still, the place smelled of old money. And a century of male dominance.
As a middle-class white Jewish “faculty brat” with a public school background, Adelaide was conscious of both fitting in and not fitting in.
Levi Buchwald, Adelaide’s father, had loved teaching public school. He got all passionate about pedagogical methods and presented his ideas at conferences. But when the family moved to Baltimore for Toby’s treatment, he had been hard-pressed to find a job. It was the middle of the school year. Nobody was hiring. And even for positions that would start in the fall, there were very few openings. Eventually he applied to teach at Alabaster, where an old colleague was head of the English department.
He got the job and it paid reassuringly well, more than he’d made before, which was needed, since Rebecca was focused on Toby and managing his care. Levi’s children could go to Alabaster for much-reduced tuition, so he and Adelaide had moved in late August, leaving Toby and Rebecca in Baltimore.
Adelaide lived in the dorms during the school year, but now, during the summer, she’d be with Levi in his two-bedroom house, sleeping in what was usually his office.