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Review: Here I Go Again

February 1, 2013

Here I Go Again

Lissy Ryder ruled high school.  She was the girl who called the shots and set the trends.  The problem is, her life peaked then and, now that her 20 year high school reunion is looming, her life is falling apart.  She’s lost her job, her husband has just asked for a divorce, and she’s had to move back in with her parents.

Despite her recent setbacks, Lissy decides to go to her high school reunion – surely she can do some networking there.  When she arrives at the reunion, she discovers that all the people she was mean to in high school are much more successful than she is.  After having too much to drink, she wakes up with a little vial of elixir and instructions to drink it carefully, a drop at a time.  Thinking it’s a cure for her hangover, she drinks it all and finds she’s traveled back in time.  She’s got two weeks in the past to change her current life, but can she do it?

Here I Go Again by Jen Lancaster is such a fun book!  I loved Lancaster’s breezy writing style and snappy dialogue and was so hooked right from the start that I stayed up late to finish it.  Lissy goes back to high school, but she takes all of her knowledge with her and she knows what she wants to change – she just has to figure out how to do it.  It was so much fun seeing her view the drama of high school through adult eyes.

Lissy is a fabulous character.  At first she’s annoying, so I wanted to choke her, but she learned from her mistakes and grew as her story progressed.  The more I got to know about her, the more I grew to understand, and even like, her.  She starts to see where she went wrong and tries to figure out what to do about it.  The other characters in the book are great as well, especially Lissy’s mom, who’s a steamrolling Southern belle.

I enjoyed the storyline of Here I Go Again as well.  Sure, parts of it were a little predictable but, in Lancaster’s hands, it didn’t matter because it was all a lot of fun.  I laughed out loud more than once as I read this delightful story!  On the surface, the story is light but there’s really a message there – the tough times in life serve to make us stronger.  This book will make you smile so be sure to grab a copy!

Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
34 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2013 5:59 am

    I love travel back in time to change what went wrong stories! It’s always interesting to think “what-if” and seeing someone write with humor about those crazy high school days is surely fun! I’m definitely going to pick this one up. Great review Kathy!

  2. February 1, 2013 6:30 am

    This does sound like fun! I’m past my 30-year reunion already, but I like reading books about that time period of twenty years out from high school when you take stock of your life.

  3. February 1, 2013 6:31 am

    I’ve never read a book by Lancaster, this sounds so fun!

  4. sandynawrot permalink
    February 1, 2013 6:52 am

    How cute. I know a couple of people from my high school who could use this elixir. Isn’t that everyone’s experience? I swear there is one girl who is still harboring ill feelings about injustices in high school. But Karma is a bitch isn’t it? And the “nerds” do tend to be pretty successful at the end of the day.

  5. February 1, 2013 6:53 am

    It sounds like a fun read so I’m adding it to my treadmill list 😉

  6. February 1, 2013 7:09 am

    I love time travel books, especially ones that allow the characters to have second chances. I wish I could do that!

  7. Beth F permalink
    February 1, 2013 7:45 am

    I love time travel books too, so I bet I’d love this one!

  8. February 1, 2013 7:53 am

    I love Jen Lancaster so I’m really looking forward to reading this one!

  9. bookingmama permalink
    February 1, 2013 8:16 am

    I’m in the mood for a light chick lit read. This might be the ticket.

  10. holdenj permalink
    February 1, 2013 9:29 am

    I was excited to see Jen Lancaster veering into fiction. This looks like a fun read!

  11. February 1, 2013 10:46 am

    I saw this one on audible the other day and thought it sounded really good. I’m glad to see it is.

  12. February 1, 2013 11:01 am

    Sounds like a great subject for a book!

  13. Beth Hoffman permalink
    February 1, 2013 11:22 am

    I think my girlfriend down the street would love this one. I think I’ll get for her as a surprise!

  14. zibilee permalink
    February 1, 2013 11:31 am

    I think I would love this one! It sounds like the perfect light and fun read and though some parts are predictable, I would love to see how this one turns out. And it’s often true that the ones that aren’t so popular in high school turn out to be successful later on. Great review today, Kathy! I really need to read this one!

  15. talesofwhimsy permalink
    February 1, 2013 11:40 am

    This is the second great review I’ve read of this one. Sounds like I might need to check it out. 🙂

  16. February 1, 2013 12:22 pm

    I’m looking forward to this one. Glad to see it’s a goodie, it’s already on my reading list.

  17. February 1, 2013 1:37 pm

    Sounds like a fun read.

  18. February 1, 2013 2:01 pm

    I’ve never read anything by Lancaster and it sounds like I’m missing out BIG TIME! This book sounds so fun – definitely a great way to pick me up on these cold and rainy days! So glad you posted about it 😉

  19. February 1, 2013 3:16 pm

    This does sound like a fun one. I sometimes have a hard time suspending disbelief enough to enjoy time travel books, but it sounds like it may be worth a try in this case.

  20. February 1, 2013 3:28 pm

    I think all of us at one time or another would love a little vial of that elixir! This sounds like such a fun read. I’m pinning it so I don’t forget the title.

  21. February 1, 2013 3:31 pm

    Maybe, maybe not

  22. Patty permalink
    February 1, 2013 3:46 pm

    Sounds so good! Snappy and fun! Thank you for sharing!

  23. lab1990 permalink
    February 1, 2013 4:52 pm

    I really want to read this. It sounds like a lot of fun, with a lovely message, so thanks for the review. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

    Lauren from

  24. swright9 permalink
    February 1, 2013 7:16 pm

    Reliving high school?! A part of me says ugh! but a part of me says I could do better too. Sounds like a fun read.

  25. February 1, 2013 10:45 pm

    This does sound like a fun book! Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to go back in time, and make things better?! It sounds as if this one is well done. Terrific review, Kathy!

  26. February 2, 2013 7:04 am

    Light reads are such a lot of fun.

  27. February 2, 2013 2:37 pm

    Who wouldn’t like to go back for a few weeks, if not to change something then to relive something. Looks like fun.

  28. February 2, 2013 3:13 pm

    This sounds like a fun read. I haven’t read this author before, but keep hearing good things.

  29. February 2, 2013 4:11 pm

    This is one that I’m sure to read!! Loved your review!

  30. February 3, 2013 12:36 am

    A book that made you smile and laugh out loud sounds just perfect. I’ve yet to read a Jen Lancaster book but I really must remedy that.

  31. booksnyc permalink
    February 3, 2013 12:38 pm

    I have read Jen Lancaster’s non-fiction and loved it – it is so funny! I am interested to see what her fiction is like – sounds from your review like it is also very funny!

  32. February 4, 2013 12:25 am

    I thought this book was really fun too! I’m with you on wanting to strangle Lissy at first! I just love Jen Lancaster, everything she writes is so funny.

  33. February 5, 2013 2:57 pm

    I’ve never read a Jen Lancaster novel before, but I have a feeling I am going to enjoy this. I am perpetually wishing I could go back in time and change little things (like not double parking yesterday and getting a whopper of a ticket, for example). Love your review, and thanks for putting this on my radar. 🙂

  34. February 5, 2013 2:57 pm

    I have this to read too so I’m glad to hear it was a fun read. I didn’t realize it was a “time travel” book. COOL!!!! It is the next book I start after I finish my current one.

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