Title: Shuffle, Repeat
Author: Jen Klein
Date Started: March 4
Date Finished: March 6
Format: Hardcover from local library
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.
Damn it. Damn this book to hell. And not for the reasons you guys are thinking. I’m now awfully nostalgic for my high school days and it’s all because of this wonderful novel. Yes, that’s right, I said wonderful and it is! I just don’t like feeling nostalgic for high school. Anyway, this book had everything that I love in contemporary romance novels. Girl and guy who shouldn’t really like each other do. Start out as enemies but then become friends which then becomes something more. This time the girl does something stupid and then she has to make it right. Shuffle, Repeat also had the added awesomeness of adding music to the plot line and I just… *sigh* It’s funny how you didn’t know you needed a certain type of book in your life until you read it.
Another added bonus for this book was the fact that it was set in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My home state! I don’t come across all that many books set in Michigan, and when I do I kind of feel that it’s a marvel on its own. The whole time they were talking cities and colleges, I was like ‘hey, I know exactly where that is!’
Now, for the two things I didn’t really like. One was obviously at times this book did get a little bit too cliché. I mean, the whole final declare your true feelings scene did happen at Prom. But it is a book about the final year of high school so I’m willing to let that go. As for the other thing, it was more of a character – actually scratch that characters that I didn’t really care for. First up, Theo. He’s your typical best friend of the male main character, but he is really disgusting and honestly the dude can hold a grudge. I was very thankful for any and all pages where he wasn’t in them. And then there’s Itch – yes, that’s really his nickname – who I just didn’t understand. When you first meet him, he’s all into this ‘nothing in high school matters. I’m not a joiner’ BS and then he tells June some sob story about how he had been popular at his last school and he doesn’t want to go back to that? And then after June breaks up with him he basically dates his way through the art/indie chicks at the school? I just couldn’t figure him out at all.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it. I was entertained. I loved these characters – mostly – and I loved the whole plot. I really need to read things without paranormal/science fiction elements more often.
Bookshelf worthy? Another item to add to my Kindle wishlist.