Author: Andrea Lochen
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads: Everyone has days, weeks, even months they wish they could do over—but what about an entire year? After living through the worst twelve months of her life, intensive care nurse Olive Watson is given a second chance to relive her past and attempt to discover where she went wrong… After a year of hardships, including a messy breakup with her longtime boyfriend Phil, the prospect of her mother’s remarriage, and heartbreaking patient losses at the hospital, Olive is ready to start fresh. But when she wakes up in her ex-boyfriend’s bed on New Year’s Day 2011—a day she has already lived—Olive’s world is turned upside down. Shouldering a year of memories that no one else can recall, even Olive begins to question herself—until she discovers that she is not alone. Upon crossing paths with Sherry Witan, an experienced “repeater,” Olive learns that she has the chance to rewrite her future. Given the opportunity of a lifetime, Olive has to decide what she really wants. Should she make different choices, or accept her life as she knows it, flaws and all?
Ope’s Opinion: I know this is a young adult book, but it didn’t feel like it. The story line was very captivating – who would not want a do-over in some part of your life. Maybe not an entire year, but some small part. It would be strange though to wake up and not realize at first that you were getting the chance for that do-over. When I started reading, I didn’t think about the fact that Olive wasn’t the only one getting a year to do over. Everyone in her life was, although they didn’t know it.
It had very developed, complex characters. It was interesting to see how Olive’s choices effected other people and their choices.
I think it was fun to read and very different from a regular relationship in most books. I liked the writing style of Andrea, so I would read another story by her. I would recommend this to anyone.
Rating: Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.