Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2024) Featured Review: The Do-Over by Lynn Painter

  • The Do-Over
  • by Lynn Painter
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Release Date: November 15, 2022
  • ISBN: 781534478862

Emilie Hornby really looked forward to Valentine’s Day. She planned the perfect day with the perfect boyfriend. But then everything went terribly, horribly wrong. Not only does Emilie witness her boyfriend cheat on her, one of many dreadful incidents that day, she gets stuck in a time loop and must relive the nightmarish day over and over again. The one constant she can’t escape, the grumpy and elusive Nick, who may just be the answer to her problem.

The Do-Over is a delightfully fun romantic comedy that executed the Groundhog Day trope with flair. Emilie is a planning perfectionist who grows throughout the novel by learning how to speak up for herself and figuring out what makes her happy. Emilie’s parents are divorced and remarried, providing readers an example of the ups and downs of a realistic, complex family relationship. The banter-filled interactions between Emilie and Nick are funny and snarky, two things romance fans will appreciate.

Teens who can’t get enough fun romance romps will enjoy The Do-Over and its loveable characters. After reading The Do-Over, fans of See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon and Kasie West’s sweet romances will have a new YA romance author to follow.

-Alison Riggs

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