Saturday, July 1, 2017

Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein

Summary from Goodreads:
When Harry Met Sally for YA romance readers. This opposites-attract love story is perfect for fans of Huntley Fitzpatrick, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han.
June wants high school to end and real life to begin. Oliver is soaking up senior year’s glory days. They could have coasted through high school, knowing about—but not really knowing—each other.

Except that their moms have arranged for Oliver to drive June to school. Every. Single. Day.

Suddenly these two opposites are fighting about music, life . . . pretty much everything. But love is unpredictable. When promises—and hearts—get broken, Oliver and June must figure out what really matters. And then fight for it.
The author sent me this book in exchange for an honest review. And I loved it.  It read like a super cute, classic 80’s teen movie. In fact, I would watch this movie over and over again. I’ll probably end up reading this book again at some point too.
It does have one of my favorite YA romance tropes. I love a romance where the two characters start out not liking each other. I just love reading the slow, burning, learning to love and appreciate each other kind of story. And this book was all about that. I loved watching these two characters who had nothing to do with each other for years, become best friends, and then more than that.
And while I’m not sure I followed along with all the music talked about, I loved that it was music that kind of brought them together. I can see teens being pushed together because of transportation. In fact, I met one of my best friends in high school because of something similar; we rode the train home from school together every day.
This book has a classic, YA contemporary vibe that is seriously reminiscent of Sarah Dessen and Miranda Kenneally. I certainly read it as fast as I would a book by one of those authors. I think I finished it in a couple of days. There’s some good family stuff in there. I love that the main character has a good relationship with her mom. And while there’s a whole lot of stuff the main character has to figure out about herself, it never got dark. This was a fluffier, more romantic type of contemporary –just what I needed.
I also love that the main character could see her flaws and mistakes and learn from them. Maybe she didn’t do this so much in the beginning, but I love how she grew and who she became by the end. She knew Oliver was right about some things regarding high school. And she knew she was wrong about some other things. I love a character that grows.
All in all, this was a fun, easy, quick read. It would be perfect to take to the beach with you. It’s a great YA romance, especially if you love the slow to burn kind. I’m so glad the author sent me a copy. I give it a 9/10.

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