Try Me Again (Clare Lydon)

Try Me Again is a novella by Clare Lydon.
Finished on: 2.9.2022

Caitlin was supposed to be on a plane out of London and into a new life. But unfortunately, life had other plans, namely a lockdown because of Corona. Trapped in London with no place to stay anymore, she turns to the only person she can think of: her ex-girlfriend Dot. The girlfriend she just broke up with to start her new life. Dot is, understandably, not happy about the situation and about having Caitlin on her couch, but she gives in. And maybe, the global crisis will put the personal one into a new light?

Try Me Again is a cute quick read, almost more of a short story than a novella. While I do think it could have been fleshed out a little more, it is enjoyable.

The book cover showing a padlock with two hearts in front of a blurry seascape.

I keep wondering when we’ll be hit with a massive wave of “corona fiction” – fiction that uses, or at least acknowledges, the past 2.5 years (and hopefully in a less insufferable way than Locked Down). Try Me Again gets an early start and uses the lockdown in place of other “forced to spend time together” plot points, with even a side helping of “forced to share a bed”. So if this is your kind of romance trope, you will be very happy. For me, it’s not my favorite trope, but I do like it, and I definitely like “reconnecting” storylines, so the novella was right up my alley.

Dot and Caitlin are likeable and their relationship with each other, their memories together are nicely captured, making it very believable that they have had a long relationship with each other.

While they are both well-rounded characters and their past relationship has some depth, I couldn’t shake the overall feeling that things are a bit hurried here. Maybe because it’s so short (and thus things necessarily move quickly), maybe because little editing things don’t add up (like the fact that for a while there, Caitlin talks about flying to Mexico, then it’s New York), or maybe simply because it is very early corona fiction. But I wanted everything to slow down a little, take a bit more time.

Other than that, though, it’s certainly a cute story and a sweet read that is easy to enjoy. And I did.

Summarizing: very nice.

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