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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
You Again, written by author Helen MacArthur, is a novel aimed at young adults. The central female character of the tale is skateboarding tearaway Angie Anderson, orphaned as a baby and constantly a worry to those around her. At fifteen, Angie presents a tough façade, but she’s naïve to many of the true horrors in the world. This is where Lennox Jones enters the action, also aged fifteen, and recently relocated to London from San Francisco. Struggling to fit in at a new school is hard enough without falling hard in an instant for a certain skateboarding teen, but Angie and Lennox will face plenty of greater trials before their relationship really has a chance to take off.
Helen MacArthur uses down to earth dialogue and realistic narration to tell this split-perspective story of drama and teenage life. Her locations are vivid and full of action (though I’m not sure what London school realistically has lockers) and though You Again appears at first to be a love story, there are plenty more interesting twists to the tale than the simple boy meets girl approach. I found Angie to be a likeable heroine, trying hard to act cool despite her inner feelings, and I think the YA audience at which the book is aimed will certainly empathize with her. The benefits of the split narrative give us a great insight into Lennox’s head, which helps to unpick his 'been there done that' behaviour. Overall, a well written and deeply character based novel, highly suitable for its intended readership.