Book Review | The Do-Over

Title: The Do-Over by Lynn Painter

Pages: 304

Genres: YA, contemporary, romance, time travel

Publisher: Simon & Schuyler Books for Young Readers (Nov. 15th, 2022)


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?

I am such a sucker for time loop books and movies. Add in some romance and the fun of a holiday and I am absolutely sold! After seeing so much love for this one on Bookstagram, I decided I had no choice but to read it. The Do-Over ending up being even better than I expected!

The first word that comes to mind when I think of The Do-Over is fun. This was such a fun read! Emilie’s need for perfection felt very relatable and the romance was such a sweet slow burn. I loved reading about all the ways Emilie thought she could “fix” her never-ending Valentine’s Day and, ultimately, her life. I loved all the Taylor Swift references – there were so many! I loved Emilie’s relationship with her grandma. It was so sweet!

Aside from being a fun read, The Do-Over is also filled with so much heart. This book is about so much more than just being stuck and reliving the same day over and over again. It’s about standing up for yourself, knowing your worth, and growing as a person. It’s about not being afraid to let go and accepting the surprises that life throws at you.

Overall, I just really loved this book. I loved Nick and Emilie and the many times they “meet.” The setting and plot was so fun. The romance was so sweet and swoony. If you like love, happy endings, and Taylor Swift, I highly recommend The Do-Over!


5 Comments on “Book Review | The Do-Over

  1. Yay! I loved this one as well. Have you read More Than the Movies? I love that one even more than this one. Same for her adult romances. All are so fun. Great review!

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