Book Review: Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein

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Shuffle, Repeat

3.5 stars

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.

This book was a very cute, fun read about two complete opposite characters forced to spend time together by driving to school. It wasn’t a huge deal to Oliver, the one driving, but June, without a license or car of her own, hated feeling like an inconvenience and disliked the whole popular crowd Oliver belonged to. They even had polar opposite tastes in music, which was where the main plot started to take shape. To determine a playlist for the year, both agreed to a bet where they would present evidence to an impartial party on whether or not the happenings in high school meant anything after it was over. Every win got a song added to their playlist. It was a cute and fun idea and I liked seeing the arguments both sides would give.

I liked both characters and I felt like I connected with different parts of them. I could understand June’s philosophy of just wanting to leave high school behind and why she thought nothing mattered. She could be pretty cynical but in a way that I could still agree with a lot of the time. I also felt a connection with Oliver. I loved that he enjoyed high school and that, even though he was the popular jock at school, he wasn’t arrogant. He honestly didn’t mind driving June every day and he showed in so many ways that he was a decent, sweet guy.

I loved the way their friendship built slowly. They were both in relationships at the beginning of the book but their drives together to school and their musical bet had a connection forming between them that had me rooting for them to be together. I can see why this was called When Harry Met Sally for YA. It was predictable a lot of the times but by the end, I just didn’t care. I was having fun reading it and that was all that mattered.

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