Read Then Again by Elyse Friedman Online

then-again

When Michelle Schafer receives an invitation to "A Blast from the Past" party to be held in the suburban home in which she and her siblings were raised, she wonders if her brother Joel, an obscenely wealthy Hollywood screenwriter, has finally crossed the line from amusingly eccentric to disturbingly weird. She and her sister Marla arrive at the peculiar reunion to discoverWhen Michelle Schafer receives an invitation to "A Blast from the Past" party to be held in the suburban home in which she and her siblings were raised, she wonders if her brother Joel, an obscenely wealthy Hollywood screenwriter, has finally crossed the line from amusingly eccentric to disturbingly weird. She and her sister Marla arrive at the peculiar reunion to discover that the family home has been restored to look as it did in the 1970s, and that Joel has hired two actors to play their parents who died almost twenty-five years ago. "Then Again" unlocks the door to the blackly comic history of the Schafer family - with some explosive results....

Title : Then Again
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780679310686
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Then Again Reviews

  • Brianna
    2019-01-31 09:56

    I thought this was a cheesy teen novel with an interesting an glitzy premise. Lord knows the school library knew what it was doing when it slapped on the "mature readers only" sticker on the cover of Then Again. I don't know how it managed to end up on the shelves on my catholic high school, but thank god it did. And thank god it was nothing like the cover and snippet on the back made it out to be. This book doesn't need a long explanation. Just read it. The storytelling is amazing- I don't want to bother with long examples of the prose or anything. I am still shocked at how deep I was into Michelle's world. The brown basement. McCollum. The greasy doughnut dive. Marla's voice. And that god damned ending. There are no chapters and this whole thing reads like some sort of drug-infused, devastatingly real and provocative step in Michelle's shoes. This has got to be one of the best books I have ever read.

  • Anne
    2019-02-15 12:57

    I'm not one to read books over and over again...but this is one of my exceptions. I've lost count of how many times I've read it. It's an odd little gem about a super average woman named Michelle and her relatively average life (her brother aside) and her retracing the steps of a failed relationship. I LOVE IT. If you can get your mitts on a copy, please do give it a go.

  • Candy Boisvert
    2019-01-23 11:51

    Title: Then AgainAuthor: Elyse FriedmanCopyright date: 1999Publisher: Vintage CanadaHow many pages: 190 pgsHow long it took me to read: 10 daysCategory: FictionI learned about this book from: scanning the table at the used bookstoreThis book was purchased at: My favorite used bookstoreThis book is: very funny and quirkyOther books by this author: n/aFavorite characters: n/aLeast favorite Characters: MarlaWhen and Where the story takes place: Toronto, WinnepegPlot in a nutshell: Michelle Schafer gets an invitation to her old childhood home for a blast from the past party from her quirky rich brother, Joel. She goes through her head during the time from when she leaves Winnepeg until she gets home to Toronto of all the things in her past that lead up to this point. All the key points.Main characters: Michelle, Marla, Joel, McCollumWhat I liked best: It was based in Canada, so I could relate to it more than any other book.What I liked least: How it related too much to my life.Overall rating: Very intriguing book. Very good read.

  • Lyddie
    2019-01-22 14:04

    My hands are tied. Friedman is a fantastic writer. She’s quick and unique and immediate. The main character, Michelle Schafer, is a fast-talking drinker, unapologetic “fornicator,” and generally messed up girl. I really, really didn’t like her. At all. Like, not for a second. I didn’t enjoy being in her self-obsessed world, where apparently everyone else is annoying except her. Please. But, as I said, the writing is top notch. How can I separate the two? Is it possible to love the writing but hate the book? Ouch, hate is such a strong word. I didn’t mean it to come out like that. I couldn’t help it. No, I didn’t hate the book. To be more precise, I intensely disliked Michelle. There, those words are a bit softer, less brutal.Full review here: http://theliterarylollipop.wordpress....

  • TD
    2019-02-13 13:49

    One of my favourite books. Screwball and sassy with a wide pop-cultural repartee of music, movies, and crackerjack wit. Michelle, the protagonist, is uncompromisingly antisocial and a keen observer of feigned humanity. The book paints a clear picture of growing up in suburban Toronto in the 1970s with a loudly emotional family and her eventual path to becoming a near-recluse bookstore operator, reunited with her dilettante, people-pleasing sister and Howard Hughes-level film exec brother who stages a weird attempt to recreate their allegedly halcyon childhood days. However, Michelle remembers it differently, and her retelling is contrasted with the events that follow as their brother becomes increasingly desperate to live in the past.

  • Sandy
    2019-02-01 17:01

    Interesting read. Somewhat unbelievable premise, but very well written. Elyse Friedman seemlessly flips back and forth between the past and present to weave Michelle's story. Michelle's character is well developed. I think her brother and sister's character could have been delved into slightly more, but it didn't detract too much from the story since it revolved mostly around her. She manages to tell what could have turned into a sappy story with wit & cleverness, turning it from sappy to snappy.

  • Daisy
    2019-02-11 12:47

    there are no words to describe this book. except to say "OHMYGOD READ IT!"and one of the best/funniest quotes i've ever read is from this book..."i'm here to put the c*nt back in country". in my opinion Elyse Friedman is one of canada's best writers.

  • Vicki
    2019-01-25 14:13

    An infectious, compelling read ... Interestingly, I thought the characters were vibrant and very believable, but the plot premise was rather improbable. At the same time, it was kind of a cliffhanger to see how it would all resolve.

  • Meg Kerr
    2019-01-20 16:14

    love the story, love the writing

  • Shannon
    2019-02-14 10:54

    This is a pretty weird book, and yet ultimately relatable in terms of family relationships, the unpredictable shapes that love takes, and the price of hope. Read it.

  • Dar R
    2019-02-12 12:45

    This was one of my favorite books in 1999, the year it came out. It has teeth and heart. I haven't felt the same about subsequent books of Friedman's.