I am a huge fan of Jenn Lancasters. Always have been, and likely always will be. I was pretty stoked to have the opportunity to be a part of this months BlogHer Book Club reviewing her newest fiction novel Here I go again.
“Every high school has a Lissy Ryder. You might have known her as the Prom Queen. The Mean Girl. The Bitch. Lissy Ryder spent her teen years making yours miserable. But you escaped her. And even though you went to college, grew up, and got a life, every now and then you wonder if that thing called ‘karma’ ever comes for the Lissy Ryders of the world.
Rest assured it does.”
In Here I Go Again Lissy Ryder travels back in time to undo her wrong doings after disastrous high school reunion right after she loses everything. She encounters one of her teenage victims, who gives her the capability to go back and change destiny. Except Lissy realizes that her bullying had a purpose and propelled so many people to amazingness, and wants to undo her undoings. All works out in the end and she realizes everything really does happen for a reason.
Not gonna lie, I had a hard time getting into this. I found Lissy to be a bit…unsympathetic at first. Annoyingly so. But as the book went on, I found her attempts to right her wrongs and make life better for all a bit endearing. After all, I think anyone who was ever bullied in high school (can we talk about how I am so glad that my generation didn’t have to deal with technology and social media? Bullying in my day was taunting, dirty looks, gossip and banal pranks. None of this viciousness with facebook or anything…thank sweet jebus.) will agree that everything happens for a reason and that karma is a total bia. But having a bully realize her wrong doings and trying to right her wrongs, well, that’s what every bullying victim hopes for (too bad it doesn’t happen nearly that often).
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post however, all thoughts and opinions are solely my own.