After living through a dumpster fire of a Valentine’s Day, Emilie Hornby escapes to her grandmother’s house for some comfort and a consolation pint of Ben & Jerry’s. She passes out on the couch, but when she wakes up, she’s back home in her own bed—and it’s Valentine’s Day all over again. And the next day? Another nightmare V-Day.
Emilie is stuck in some sort of time loop nightmare that she can’t wake up from as she re-watches her boyfriend, Josh, cheat on her day after day. In addition to Josh’s recurring infidelity, Emilie can’t get away from the enigmatic Nick, who she keeps running into—sometimes literally—in unfortunate ways.
How many days can one girl passively watch her life go up in flames? And when something good starts to come out of these terrible days, what happens when the universe stops doling out do-overs?
Title: The Do-Over
Author: Lynn Painter
Publication Date: November 15, 2022
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
I love time loops and Lynn Painter novels so this book was a no-brainer for me. I got so many feels in this book so that’s how I know for sure this was a great book.
The confessions at the beginning of each chapter were hilarious. So much of this book was funny, but those particularly stuck out to me.
Nick was so stinking cute. I loved seeing a million iterations of him as Emilie went through her Valentine’s day loop. He was adorable and sarcastic and funny in each one. I also loved how much I learned about him each day. All of my knowledge of him didn’t just come from one day, but gradually, over the days Emilie spent trying to escape the loop.
Also, there was a really good reason for the time loop. And, like, I actually teared up when it all came to light.
My only complaint is this book was too short! I wanted more of Nick and Emilie, especially after their Ferris Bueler day.
Overall, this is one you have to check out, especially if you like time loops. And this time loop wasn’t like other time loops so that’s another reason to read this book. Painter, you have solidified your “instant buy” place in my life.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Lynn Painter is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author who writes romantic comedies for both teens and adults. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and pack of wild children, and when she isn’t reading or writing, odds are good she’s guzzling energy drinks and watching rom-coms.
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