Monday, January 28, 2013

HERE I GO AGAIN by Jen Lancaster

I am here, I am here, I am here, and I'm really sorry to have been gone for so long, and there's too much to say about what's been going on, so let me just not even go into it but let me bring you an amazing book to start off the New Year for you on Booking with Manic!

We all love Jen Lancaster don't we??

I hear you all squealing! Well, this time it's not a memoir, it's fiction, and I'm just going to put it out there for you to die over.

HERE I GO AGAIN is her absolute, best, most amazing, incredible book EVER written!

There. I said it.

Yes, we all know that Jen is a fabulous memoirist who has cracked us up over her witty tell-all true stories. But could we have ever expected that she is a MASTERMIND of fiction?


In Here I Go Again, we meet Lissy Rider, who is the girl we all love to hate in high school. I mean, she has EVERYTHING. The perfect pink car, the perfect hot boyfriend, the perfect crew of friends who do anything and everything she says, the perfect parents who dote on her.

The girl we can't stand! And in the beginning of Here I Go Again, you really HATE her. Like you want her to fail in every possible way! And things do start looking bad for poor Lissy Ryder. And then, by some magical elixir, she finds a way to go back in time, to try to save herself from a horrible future.

And then she keeps bee-bopping back and forth in time, and IT'S AWESOME! I'm amazed at how fluidly Jen Lancaster can transform Lissy Ryder back and forth and in such a way that it's believably done!

I think someone said it or maybe it's on the back of the book, but this is truly Mean Girls meets Back to the Future. It's Lindsay Lohan vs. Michael Keaton in the best possible way. You'll tear through these pages to see what happens and even though you'll loathe Lissy Ryder at page one, you'll cheer from the sidelines at the end and want her to be so happy at the end!

Supporting characters and very fun '80s nods add so much to the book, plus the fact that there are so many mentions to places where I used to hang out when *I* was in high school -- Oak Brook Mall, Hinsdale, Lyons Township was one of our rival high schools… it was so cool to think I might have been a part of Lissy's hate club back in the day (she never would have deemed ME cool enough to hang with her!) the book is so much fun to read!

If you'd like to win a copy of HERE I GO AGAIN here's what you have to do… since Whitesnake music is such a big part of the book, tell me three songs/CDs/cassettes/albums/8-tracks/MP-3s that played a big part of your high school existence.

Here are 3 of mine that for no other reason, they come to me at the top of my head right now:

Midnight Blue by Lou Graham

Anything by Boston

And I just had to look up Howard Jones because we played that cassette tape all the time in my Pontiac J200 -- that was my car that I drove in high school--and I had two bumper stickers -- FLORIDA NATIVE and PARTY ANIMAL on the back!


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Anonymous said...

Yay! I'm first! Dying to read this book. Let's see, high school sound track...not sure why, but these three pop to mind first:

NKOTB - anything - this was probably more middle school, but since I still stop & listen when I hear them on the radio, they make the cut.

More Than Words - Extreme

Mr. Jones - Counting Crows - this was our Senior Year anthem...ah the memories!

Glad you are back!

Colbey J


susieqlaw said...

Men at Work - I come from the land down under

Prince - Purple Rain

Bryan Adams - Summer of 69

Melissa said...

I loved this book too and wouldn't mind winning another to gift to someone. :)

Nirvana's Nevermind cassette

"Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers

The "Wayne's World" soundtrack


Ready To Be A Momma said...

Baby got back, the coyote ugly soundtrack, and young by Kenny Chesney.


Dana said...

Good - Better Than Ezra

Lightning Crashes - Live

Anything and everything by Pearl Jam

...15 years later and they're still on my playlist (not my Discman, though, sadly)!!

EngrSandi said...

Journey, Styx, Duran Duran. Interesting mix, eh?

ShawnaP said...

I love love love Jen Lancaster. If she tweets me back I think I've been blessed by the Pope AND buddha...for real!

Ok...80's music I loved in high school...

Debbie Gibson- Electric Youth(
shut up I was a late bloomer!)

Chicago - You're the Reason

Whitney Houston - The Greatest Love of All

I wasnt allowed to listen to that sinful music so you can just imagine how much trouble I went to to hear the stuff. LOL

Ronni G said...

Yeah!!! I love Jen Lancaster! Here are my threes memories:

* Like a Virgin - Madonna
* Only the Good Die Young - Billy Joel
* Funky Town - Who really sang that?!?

Trauma Curls said...

Love JL!
Guns n roses. Sweet Child of mine
Bob segar. Anything really. Turn the page
Acdc. Back n black

Im old!

Sslinsky said...

All for Love - Bryan Adams

More Than Worda - Extreme

Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice

Oh yeah!


Bev V said...

Fleetwood Mac
Led Zeplyn
Rolling Stones

I'm definitely showing my age!

Lisamarie said...

Jen is the best! I love her books!

Bon Jovi - Livin on a Prayer

Bryan Adams - Summer of 69

Prince - Purple Rain

Becki**** said...

Oh man - you guys are going to LAUGH. I was an internal drama queen:

Best of Bread
Mandy by Barry Manilow

A.C. said...

The songs that remind me most of high school are:

"Bye Bye Bye" - NSYNC

"Hey Leonardo" - Blessed Union of Souls

"Summer Girls" - LFO

Jessica said...

This question requires me to think!

Backstreet Boys- I want it that way
NSync- No Strings Attached
Backstreet Boys- Larger than life

-Jessica M

EKB said...

Everything I do I do for you- Bryan Adams
I want to sex you up- Color me Bad (good lord)
Summertime- Will smith

I am pretty sure there was a lot of Whitney and Mariah in there too....

Mary Jo Burke said...

Boston and Journey. I listen to Bruce Springsteen. Still do!!!

Unknown said...

1. Far Behind - Candlebox

2. Spiderwebs - No Doubt

3. Don't go there - 24K (and pretty much the entire Dangerous Minds soundtrack)

Bree Housley

Justine B said...

My favorite author!

Will this show my age??

Anything by Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera or NSYNC.

I was a dancer in high school and we used a countless number of their songs to entertain crowds at football and basketball games!

Ang said...

Anything by NKOTB
Summertime by Wil Smith
Ice ice baby by Vanilla Ice

Angie Dunn

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...


Dolly said...

Looking forward to this book!

Showing my age....
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
Barry Manilow - Barry Manilow I
Queen - Night at the Opera

jcsites2002 at hotmail dot com

Nova said...

i would love to read this book!

1. Super Freak Part I - Rick James
2. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
3. Let's Dance - David Bowie

Erica said...

Bungle in the Jungle;
Never Can Say Goodbye

Wow -- that was a long time ago!!

wordywon at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for giving me a chance to walk down memory lane - how fun!

Madonna's 'Get Into the Groove'
Tiffany's 'Could've Been'
Anything by Bon Jovi - once a Jersey girl, always one ;)

Cara K-A

Unknown said...

Three songs that take me back to high school (early 90s) are:
Rhythm is a Dancer (don't know the artist)

Jump-Kris Kross

Good Vibrations-Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

I LOVE Jen Lancaster, can't wait to read this book, I'd love to win!

Melissa said...

Anything from Sublime, those songs still remind me of my junior summer!

Barenaked Ladies - If I had a million dollars...our relay team's theme song

Anything punk/ska...NoFx, Unwritten Law...bands I haven't listed to for years!


Danielle K said...

I love all of Jen's books! Yeah for being a teen of the 90's :)

Backstreet Boys - Backstreet Boys

No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom

Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill

danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

Books & Reviews said...

Pearl Jam - 10
Nirvana - Nevermind
Metallica - Black Album

Anonymous said...

Barbie girl - by Aqua
Anything by BSB
Anything by NSYNC!


Unknown said...

I would love to win this book! There were/are so many songs that I loved so will have to pick the first that come to mind.

-Voices Carry -'Til Tuesday
-Lucky Star, Burning Up - Madonna
-Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
and everything Oingo Boingo!

shopgirl said...

Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi!!!

Ok - and Madonna
and Paula Abdul.

That's Three right?

Hope I win!

shopgirl said...

Shoot!!! I did it wrong!!
Bon Jovi - Living on a Prayer
Madonna - Material Girl
Paula Abdul - Straight Up!

Sorry - please count me as one!!!

Caroline said...

Time of Your Life-Greenday

Sex and Candy- Marcy Playground

Semi Charmed LIfe- Third Eye Blind


Nanette said...

Seriously...Hello?!? Journey, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and Cory Hart. Saw ALL THREE in concert back in the day. For reals!!! :)

Good to see you Manic! Hugs! Nan

jdstec said...

Great to see you back. I hope things have been "good busy".
Maggie May Rod Stewart
Beatles Abbey Road
The Temptations Masterpiece

Love, love Jen Lancaster

Ally said...

I would have to say certain groups. Dashboard Confessional, Jimmy Eat World, and The Smashing Pumpkins

absolutahnie said...

slit skirts - pete townshend
the kids are alright - the who
where the streets have no name- u2

CherylB said...

Well, here it goes:

The soundtrack from "Footloose"

Prince--Purple Rain

Bon Jovi, Bon Jovi, Bon Jovi!!!!

Juliet Farmer said...

Alphaville--Forever Young
Depeche Mode--Some Great Reward
O.M.D.--The Pacific Age

Emma S. said...

I am super duper excited to read Jen's new book! I love all her memoirs and her first novel. I might have to go with bands, rather than certain songs.

1. Nsync
2. Britney Spears (yeah, I said it)
3. BBMak

Krystal said...

Soo glad to see you back! I hope things are well for you and your family! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Jen! She posted the first chapter of Here I Go Again on her blog, I was going crazy to read the rest after that teaser!

Say My Name- Destiny's Child
Steal My Sunshine- Len
Try Again-Aaliyah


ncsuloges said...

I would say Hanson, NSYNC and BSB. Quit judging, at least it isn't Justin Beiber! haha

CAnative said...

So glad to see you back! And what a great book to start the new year!

Everybody wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears

Every Breath You Take - Police

Anything Bon Jovi


Melissa Hightower said...

Love Jen Lancaster!!

Backstreet Boys


Britney Spears

Good times riding in the car singing at the top of my lungs.

Unknown said...

Hooray you're back! :) We've missed you so much in the blogosphere. If I wasn't connected to you on FB I'm sure I'd be having some Manic withdrawls!

Westside Connection - Bow Down This was our senior class song

Bryan Adams - Everything I Do I bowled on Saturday morings & this song was ALWAYS playing. LOL

Too Short - Getting It This was a song my friends & I would blast while "cruising the hood" for our little boy toys.

Thanks for bringing back the memories!!

Unknown said...

Bon Jovi - still love them!
Guns N Roses

BrendaL71 said...

Hmmm, that was hard.
Greatest love of All by Whitney Houston
Rhythm nation by Janet Jackson U.N.I.T.Y by Queen Latifah

equinn726 said...

Hello! Sounds like you've got a lot going on - hope all is well. So excited about Jen's book and thank you for posting this giveaway!

I had to remember what was playing when I was in HS. 3 that stick out:

Mr Jones - Counting Crows
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Majik
Oasis - Definitely Maybe

Kristen said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVED the entire album "Yourself or Someone Like You" by Matchbox 20, especially the song Push.

Glad to see you back!


Lilian said...

My high school existence...hmm, that was only 2 years ago...

Wang Lee Hom - Spring Rain Washes Away the Sun

Bruno Mars - Today My Life Begins

IU - Mia

Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

TinaB said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Jen!!! My top 3 songs in high school were:
Girl You Know Its True - Milli Vanilli (Haha)
Opposites Attract - Paula Abdul
Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice

betsy_blixt said...

Step by Step - New Kids on the Block (and yes, I already got my ticket for their "Package Tour".

So Much for the Afterglow - Everclear

Everything by Sublime!

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

1. Sweet Child O Mine- Guns & Roses
2. Home Sweet Home- Motley Crue
3. Livin on a Prayer- Bon Jovi

So many memories!

your invisible pixie said...

the Les Miz soundtrack (theatre nerd over here, ha)
Backstreet Boys
Spice Girls!

Erin G said...

Bryan Adams - Everything I Do I Do It for You
I loved Will Smith - Shake the Room? Was that the name? Dunno.
Mr Big - Be With You

Glad you're back :)

bluestarbrite Steph said...

I can't wait to read this book because I grew up in that area too!!

1999 by Prince (our prom theme)

Anything by Dave Matthews Band

Gosh, and Mmmmbop was everywhere!

kwertz12 said...

Bad Day by Fuel
You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi
Little Nicky by Prince

HA! These don't go together at ALL!

bn100 said...

Britney Spears- hit me baby one more time
Christina Aguilera- genie in a bottle
Nsync- bye bye bye


GoGreen said...

Wow, that was too long ago.

Mine are: Let's Hear It For The Boy from Footloose, Beat It by MJ, and The Right Stuff by NKOTB.


Jilleen said...

I want to win this book! I have heard nothing be great things about it....

I have to say my music taste was all over....

Fleetwood Mac

Tina Turner

Bruce Springsteen

Oh don't I love the 80s!

Thanks for the chance to win

Jill at Seaside Book Nook

seasidebooknook at yahoo

Lizett34 said...

Montel Jordan - This Is How We Do It

Mya - Ghetto Superstar

Bell Biv Devoe - Poison

Natalie M. in VA said...

Bon Jovi - Always
Ini Kamoze - Here Comes the Hotstepper
Tag Team - Whoomp, There It Is

Anonymous said...

Bringing back some great memories:

Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics
Talking in Your Sleep by Romantics
Start Me Up by Rolling Stones

Welcome Back! jillfay

Anonymous said...

Love Jen, would love to read this book!

My three:
- Anything by Dave Matthews Band
- Counting Crows - August and Everything After
- Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit!


girllovestoread said...

Wild Boys - Duran Duran
You shook me all night long - ACDC
Mr. Jones - Counting Crows

Read Baby Read said...

I'm so glad you're back!
This is how we do it
OPP-Hip Hop Hooray
Brass Monkey

Tami said...

Anything by Bon Jovi!!
Anything by Journey (slow dances in high school - so romantic)
Everything by Prince!!

So many memories!!

Jeffie T said...

Anything Bon Jovi, No Doubt, and Oasis.

I LOVE Jen, I can't wait to read this one!

slm8803 said...


Limp Bizkit
Mariah Carey
Dazed and Confused soundtrack

Thats a weird mix I know...