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I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Do-Over by Lynn Painter
Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 15, 2022
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
In this riotous young adult romp for fans of Recommended for You and A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, a teen girl has the worst Valentine’s Day ever—only to relive it over and over again.
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?
“Painter plucks readers’ every heartstring, from writing a sweet love story between two teens with very different views on romance to honestly depicting how Emilie’s parents’ messy divorce has impacted her feelings of self-worth. Italicized confessions at the beginnings of various chapters prove there is a playful side to Emilie that is further brought out by Nick, whose constant teasing leads to flirty banter…unequivocally hilarious and delightful.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Throughout, Emilie struggles to navigate her parents’ acrimonious divorce, and the resulting financial precarity and blow to her self-worth. By combining these personal trials with a lighthearted love story, Painter delivers a thoughtfully elevated romantic jaunt.” — Publishers Weekly
I adore this author and couldn’t wait to read this one! I loved the Groundhog Day-esque storyline, only set on Valentine’s Day. And as with her other books, I was left with a smile on my face during so many parts of the stort.
The characters were wonderful. I loved the witty conversations, I loved how Emilie kept trying to get things fixed, but had to of course learn what really needed to be fixed. While we didn’t have as many do-over days like in the GHD movie, there were just the right amount. And the way the cycle got stopped was perfect! I like that it didn’t just wrap up everything perfectly when it did end, but rather now Emilie knew what she needed to do, mostly, in order to make things better and get her life where she wanted it.
And while yes this was a romance, it also had such developed family aspects to it that reminded me of the families in my favorite 80s teen movies that I grew up watching and loving. The funny Van Gogh “truths” were so perfectly done that for a minute I missed the part where she even said they weren’t true and was about to Google them. Adored the book, another wonderful cover too!
About the Author
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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