eARC review: Begin Again by Emma Lord

Begin Again

Emma Lord


1,166 ratings745 reviews

As usual, Andie Rose has a plan: Transfer from community college to the hyper competitive Blue Ridge State, major in psychology, and maintain her lifelong goal of becoming an iconic self-help figure despite the nerves that have recently thrown her for a loop. All it will take is ruthless organization, hard work, and her trademark unrelenting enthusiasm to pull it all together.

But the moment Andie arrives, the rest of her plans go off the rails. Her rocky relationship with her boyfriend Connor only gets more complicated when she discovers he transferred out of Blue Ridge to her community college. Her roommate Shay needs a major, and despite Andie’s impressive track record of being The Fixer, she’s stumped on how to help. And Milo, her coffee-guzzling grump of an R.A. with seafoam green eyes, is somehow disrupting all her ideas about love and relationships one sleep-deprived wisecrack at a time.

But sometimes, when all your plans are in rubble at your feet, you find out what you’re made of. And when Andie starts to find the power of her voice as the anonymous Squire on the school’s legendary pirate radio station–the same one her mom founded, years before she passed away–Andie learns that not all the best laid plans are necessarily the right ones.

Filled with a friend group that feels like family, an empowering journey of finding your own way, and a Just Kiss Already! romance, Begin Again is an unforgettable novel of love and starting again.

My review:

I liked Begin Again by Emma Lord, it had good characters and I liked the nod too Bookstagraming. I liked the characters and how the main character got them all to come together. She had a fix it attitude and I liked that about her.

The pacing did slow down sometimes for me but I still liked the message of the story. This seemed like it was in between young adult and new adult. I wasn’t able to tell where the setting took place state wise or if it was a four year college or two. It’s not a huge deal but it was a consistent question I had wondered. I had assumed it was a four year college because of being transferred and then the dorm lives.

It still was an interesting plot and I did like the ending. I did see the love triangle storyline coming though, that was a big easy to spot for me early on.

All in all it was a good cute read, definitely would be helpful for any high school student to read because I liked all the choices and thoughts main character had for trying to come up with majors for her roommate.

Thank you for reading!


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