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The Do-Over by Lynn Painter

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The Do-Over

In this “unequivocally hilarious and delightful” (Kirkus Reviews) 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 horrendous 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 times 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?

The Review

Hello Book friends!

Today I’m reviewing The Do-Over by Lynn Painter. In this YA romance we follow Emilie Hornby rule follower, type-A personality, and future valedictorian. But then February 14th comes around and it’s the worst Valentine’s Days ever, Emilie gets stuck reliving the same day, over, and over, and over again.

It’s been some time since I’ve read an AMAZING YA novel that sucked me in from start to finish. I literally read this book in one sitting and I cannot stop thinking about Painter’s incredible story telling.

Now, let’s chat about the book itself. There are certain authors who really know their craft. To take a simple idea of reliving a crappy day over and over and turn it into a masterpiece that takes your breath away and consumes every inch of real-estate in your brain.

I hands down love this book.

Just like a good meal that makes you feel full and completely satisfied, Painter captures you in a snapshot of the same day, but makes it feel like so much more. Everything from the characters to the story of reliving the same day, Painter draws her readers in delivering a heartfelt, hilariously sweet story about two young people finding their way to a happily ever after.

If you enjoy the movie Groundhogs Day (reliving the same day over and over), opposites attract, and quotes you’ll highlight for safe keeping, make sure to get this book.

Happy Reading ~ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blotink blot – Exceptionally Inked

About the Author

Lynn Painter writes romantic comedies for both teens and adults. She is the author of Better Than the Movies, Mr. Wrong NumberThe Do-Over, and Betting on You, as well as being a regular contributor to the Omaha World-Herald. 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. You can find her at, on Instagram @LynnPainterKirkle, or on Twitter @LAPainter.

publication details

Pub DateISBNPage CountPublisherAge GroupSource & FormatReview Posted Online
28-Nov-23978-1534478879320Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers14+NetGalley, Digital ARC
December 23, 2023

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