Title: All Over Again
Author: A-dZiko Simba Gegele
Genre & Theme: YA, Coming of Age
Published: September 2013
All Over Again is an enchanting slice of boyhood. Rooted in over 30 years of theatre, prose and poetry performance writing, All Over Again is A-dZiko Simba Gegele’s exuberantly humorous debut novel. This episodic novel is a charming story with a bold narrative style that pulls you in. Set in a fictional rural village in Jamaica, but relevant to youth across the world, All Over Again masterfully creates the wonderfully turbulent world of teenage boyhood.
All Over Again is a story of growth, loss, love and triumph as it explores the joys and insecurities of youth. The novel is the first prize-winner of the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature (2014) and an excerpt was included in the Harvard Review (Issue 45).
First Prize Burt Award for Caribbean Literature 2014)
Longlisted – IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015
“All Over Again is the sort of book that makes you want to read it all over again.”
“This is a moving testament to the resilient nature of underdogs and daydreamers everywhere… An endearing, enduring paean to youthful joys, All Over Again resonates deeply picking up on the solitary, creative heartbeat of every child who has felt unseen in a crowd”
“In this novel the voice of the young boy is completely convincing and wonderfully intoxicating and Simba’s writing is absolutely scintillating.”
“Wickedly funny, thoroughly enchanting and totally entertaining. All Over Again will charm readers.”
“[A] deftly written, beautifully and convincingly imagined novel that chronicles the adventures of a young boy as he experiences the often hilarious, sometimes moving and always engaging stages of his life … The twelve year-old Kwame Senu Neville Dawes of Shortwood Practicing School recommends it whole-heartedly, and so, by the way, does his much older self!”