Saturday, February 2, 2013

Review: Here I Go Again by Jen Lancaster

Here I Go Again
Here I Go Again 
by Jen Lancaster

Release Date: January 29, 2013
Publisher: NAL
Pages: 320
Genre: Adult Chick Lit/Women's Fiction
Source: Edelweiss
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Twenty years after ruling the halls of her suburban Chicago high school, Lissy Ryder doesn't understand why her glory days ended. Back then, she was worshipped...beloved...feared. Present day, not so much. She's been pink-slipped from her high-paying job, dumped by her husband, and kicked out of her condo. Now, at thirty-seven, she's struggling to start a business out of her parents' garage and sleeping under the hair-band posters in her old bedroom. Lissy finally realizes karma is the only bitch bigger than she was. Her present is miserable because of her past. But it's not like she can go back in time and change who she was...or can she?

I love books and movies where people go back to high school to learn a lesson or change their lives. I've seen Peggy Sue Got Married a million times. LOL I mostly only read Chick Lit from Sophie Kinsella but I'm so glad I accidentally requested this because it was so much fun. Seriously made my day. Similar to Kinsella it was laugh out loud hilarious, but also emotional and real at times where I could connect to the main characters thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Lissy thinks her life is perfect. She was popular in high school and married her high school boyfriend. Super job and super marriage until she is fired and her husband leaves her. Moving back into her parents house in her 30s she has hit rock bottom. Lissy decides to start her own company and that the perfect place to get new clients would be her high school reunion where everyone loves her.  Except they don't and never did.

At first I liked Lissy. She may be a bit shallow but nothing wrong with wanting pretty things, a great career, and not wanting a family. Everyone has something that makes them happy and that is great. But then at the reunion we see what a horrible bully she was back in high school. Everyone says the only way they would give her business is if she had never done those things. So one of her hippy classmates lets her go back in time. Lissy takes a close look at how she acted in high school and works hard to make everything right. Then when she comes back, everyone from her high school is no longer successful. Turns out while she was horrible it made everyone else stronger and work harder. So here we go again and she heads back to high school to fix things.

Back and forth she goes a couple times! LOL It was really great that Lissy would work so hard to make sure things worked out for everyone else. While I never found her to be purposefully mean she was self-centered. As I saw Lissy with her mom I realized where a lot of her pressure and problems came from. Her mom put so much pressure on her to be skinny, popular, and marry some wonderful guy. Going back in time with all her knowledge allows Lissy to see things in a new light. Lissy wanted to be a better friend, wife, and daughter.

One of Lissy's big regrets was the way she treated her nerdy neighbor, Brian, who I loved! Lissy is realizing that maybe she shouldn't end up with her husband. She wishes she had been strong enough to date the less popular guy. Brian was so understanding with Lissy and sweet. But can she change it all without destroying all their futures? I was really getting worried about how this could all possibly work out for everyone but it actually ends perfectly! I'll definitely be checking out more books from this author! If you love to laugh and visit your high school days then this is the perfect ride!

"But how could they not be in perfect shape? These bitches have no responsibilities save for workouts and waxing. I mean SOME of us aren't a size two anymore because SOME of us have day jobs."

"But do you know how expensive it is to keep up this face and body after you hit the down side of thirty-five? Placenta-based wrinkle creams and eyelash extensions and personal training aren't free, you know."

"Your dress is in the bathroom. When we got here, you cried that your underwear was 'murdering' you and you stripped down."
"Ah, yes. Spanx are a hard mistress."

"Oh, Lissy, yes, baby. 'Course you can eat whatever you want." Before I could even sigh in relief, she added, "Soon as you're married."

Rating: 5/5


  1. Wii, I can only imagine the cuteness of the romance that developed between Lissy and Brian! I don't normally read chick lit either, but I make an exception now and again and this sounds like a great choice for one such occasion.
    Great review!

  2. Awesome! I don't normally see this kind of chick lit around blogs, only those sexual-bang-bang books. And I don't think I'll be reading them anytime soon. And like you, Sophia K is my spirit God. I love her books. And I think I should try this book out soon.

  3. I haven't heard of this one but I love Kinsella too so I would be willing to give this one a try!
    It sounds great! I love time travel books.
    Have you tried Kristan Higgins? Her books are a lot like Sophie Kinsella, super funny!

  4. LOVED this book! Jen Lancaster is da bomb. Even though LIssy was such an unlikeable beyotch at the beginning, Jen made her into someone I could root for. And laugh the entire time, of course!

  5. This book sounds really fun! I think I would love it!! Great review!!

  6. Chick lits are guilty pleasures for me. They're not my favorite reads but I do really enjoy them when I'm in the mood for one. Sophie Kinsella is one of my fav her books are so much fun. I haven't read anything by this author yet but she sounds like she creates fun characters and I love if an author can make me laugh out loud while reading.

  7. Okay, you mentioning Peggy Sue Got Married (oneofmy fav movies ever!) and Sophie Kinsella in the first paragraph made me soooo happy. I'll definitely be checking Here I Go out. Thanks for a great review!

  8. I love a good chick lit book and I loved Peggy Sue as well. A good time travel book is always fun. I wish I had known about this to request a copy. Thanks for the heads up on this one!

  9. I also LOVE books like this and movies where people go back to high school to learn a lesson or change their lives. (17 Again!!! WOOT WOOT!!!) And let's be honest I can't resist a chick lit. They are just too cute and I definitely like the sound of this one! Lissy and Brian sound great, I can't wait to meet them!

    So glad you enjoyed this! :D

    Fantastic review, Jennifer!

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

  10. Chick lit isn't something I usually gravitate towards, but this sounds like a lot of fun! I'm looking forward to meeting Lissy and Brian in the future. :) Great review!


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