Again, Again by E Lockhart
In the wake of a major family emergency, Adelaide’s father takes a job at Alabaster Academy, and she moves with him to attend the prestigious boarding school. Now summer, Adelaide is tasked with pet-sitting her teacher’s dogs while they’re on vacation. While at the dog park, she meets Jack, another dog walker, and the two bond. Told as if the story took place in multiple parallel universes, Again Again explores the impact small consequences have on our overall life.
This book gave me serious whiplash. Told in the third person, one minute you were being told one narrative, the next you were being told the same narrative only slightly differently. I had a hard time keeping track of what actually happened in the current parallel universe. It was somewhat exhausting. Once I got used to the style I had an easier time getting into the story.
I really enjoyed Adelaide as a character, especially as she came to terms with her family’s situation, and asking for what she really needed. My favorite relationship in the entire book was between Adelaide and her brother. It was unexpected from the synopsis I read, and the first few chapters in the book.
Thank you to Delacorte Press and Netgalley for my review copy! All opinions are my own.