Monday, 14 October 2013
Review: (Never) Again by Theresa Paolo
Released: October 15th, 2013
Just when she had finally moved on… …He moved back. When college freshman Liz Wagner hears her ex's voice for the first time since he moved clear across the freaking country, she does what any respectable girl would do: Dive into the girls' bathroom. Zach Roberts—the Zach Roberts—is back. And he’s everywhere Liz looks—infiltrating her friend group, buddy-buddy with her brother. It’s enough to ruin college altogether. But what choice does she have but to put on a happy face and pretend he didn't leave her vulnerable and alone in a pile of emotional wreckage? Pretending works, until tragedy strikes and the only person available for comfort is the one person she wants to stay away from. When Zach turns out not to be the jerk she convinced herself he was, but the boy she used to love, Liz needs to decide whether to open her heart again to the boy who tore it out.
(Never) Again is a New Adult book and focuses on university student Liz Wagner. She had a bad break-up in high school but finally moved on and now has a new boyfriend, Joe. Her old boyfriend, Zach, comes back into her life and stirs up all kinds of emotions, leading her to think that maybe it's not as over as it seems.
I enjoyed this book, even though I wasn't a huge fan of Liz. I found her to be quite immature for her age, and certain phrases she used (like referring to her virginity as a "v-card") got on my nerves. I warmed to her more as the book progressed, as I got to know her better and fully understand her situation. Zach was a great character, very down to earth, kind and thoughtful. The way he cared for his elderly grandma really gave him an extra dimension, though again I didn't become as attached to him as other readers have.
(Never) Again starts off like most NA books and focuses on a relationship. It's only later that it gets a lot deeper and more serious, thanks to a couple of heavy plot points. This gave the book that extra touch of realism that it needed, as it showed Liz and Zach in a different light and made me remember that no-one is perfect and anything can happen.
(Never) Again was a refreshing read because it wasn't full of graphic sex - I for one appreciated that! I read it quickly and did like it, though unfortunately I never fully connected with Liz. I would definitely read more by Theresa Paolo - she's a fresh new voice and I'm always on the lookout for more intelligent NA to read.