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Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein
Published by Random House in 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
I bought Shuffle, Repeat on Mother’s Day, as a Goodwill impulse. My initial reluctance to get it was completely unfair, and had nothing to do with the book or the author or anything that makes any sense. But, you see, I am already in love with a YA novel about two kids who don’t really know each other and bond over music. It’s one of my favorite, most-read novels of all time. So I was hesitant, in disbelief that another book (seemingly) about the same thing could make me happy.
I was wrong, this book is excellent.
To Give You a Quick Description:
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 Writing in Shuffle, Repeat is so Effing Cute
Fun, hilarious, intelligent. It was the most effortless read of the year for me, so far. The tone is so lighthearted that I flew through the pages easily and readily. At no point did it slow down or become less interesting for me.
I adored June, our narrator, who is smart and witty and un-apologetically so, which I adore in a female lead. Oliver is fun and bright himself, such a decent kid with a good head on his shoulders. They are very natural and easy to root for. The ensemble cast is delightfully diverse, and each have their own clear motivations/lives, they’re not just there to fill space.
The Feminism is so very Welcome and Exciting
It is subtle; June’s feminist undertones are there, constantly, but it isn’t enough to be off-putting to those less inclined to our ways. Here’s what really floored me: at a certain point, Oliver calls June and says, “If a certain strong-willed, brilliant feminist intellectual just so happened to invite me to prom…” and so on. The reason that is so great is that we have a girl who is an unabashed feminist in high school who just happens to be, get this, a normal person. And the boy, a high school jock nonetheless, calls her a feminist as a compliment. That is so fucking wonderful for any kids reading, you know? I just love it so much.
I’d Recommend Shuffle, Repeat to any Fans of Lighthearted YA
who want a fun, quick read that will make you feel something for a little bit.
Here’s a link in case you’d like to purchase Shuffle, Repeat on Amazon! *I only link up books I’d give 5 stars and believe in 100%*
What About You?
What fun romance have you read lately?
*Note: My reviews are full of opinions. I may love a book. May want to marry it like the kid in the commercial for Peanut Butter Crunch (1999 was a great year for cereal and commercials, look it up). I may say a book is the best thing to happen to me since I started shaving my big toe. None of these things mean it is objectively good. I recognize that. Many times throughout my life, I have given a book I swore to be a life-changer to a friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/acrobat. Shaking, quietly weeping, I’d hand it (and my heart) over. Only to find out several weeks later that for them the book was good, maybe even great, but not the life-giving, soul-renewing magic I’d purported. You may not like a book I recommend. Sue me.
**Please don’t sue me, I just write here.