This is not a little book and yet I devoured it. This was the kind of effortless reading that, though the subject matter isn't all sunshine and roses, just.. flows. I had no idea what it was about (I mean, again, forever, I repeat : once upon a time I probably did know, but #TeamNoBlurbs) and went in blind. And was basically laughing, and enchanted, from page one.
Reynolds' voice is.. charming, hysterical, sweet, and his hero is all that and more, too. This Groundhog Day-esque YA story, about the average guy who meets a girl, does it all right, only for things to unexpectedly end completely wrong, was so, well, unexpected. It's full of emotion (seriously I think I broke down into almost-tears like three times), and feels, and heart, with awesome parent representation (and some less than awesome rep, too), and #ownvoices content. Not to mention characters who make the right choices, and the wrong ones, and screw up, but who also get a second chance. And maybe a third, or a fourth, and yet still somehow screw up those do-overs even more (maybe because they get a do-over), but always with the best intentions.
I feel like the last 30% was maybe the weakest but honestly I couldn't tell you how I would've preferred things go to get to the end. It was necessary to the story even if I didn't as love it as much as the main half. I would definitely still recommend and I think this is going to get a lot of love when it releases; or at least I hope it does! Definitely more buzz required for this one.
I love time travel stories so I was interested in how this story would work. It’s like the movie Groundhog Day, because Jack keeps living the same period of time over and over again so that he can save his girlfriend. Even though he did travel back in time, it wasn’t a science fiction story. It’s contemporary with a diverse cast.
There was a lot of diversity and representation in this story. The main characters were black. Kate has a chronic illness called sickle cell disease. I had heard of it before, but I didn’t know the details of the disease before reading this story. It is so important to have representation of different medical conditions, as well as different ethnicities, so that a variety of readers can see themselves in stories. I was very happy to see this in this story.
This is a fun story that is heartbreaking at times. It’s hard to put down, because you will want to know how it ends! I loved this book!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This book is one that will sit with the reader for a long time after the final page. The story itself is intriguing, a bit bizarre, and very much heartfelt. Reynolds is a talented author with, I'm sure, many more amazing books to come!