Jack Ellison King. King of Almost.
He almost made valedictorian.
He almost made varsity.
He almost got the girl…
When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. Jack’s curse of almost is finally over.
But this love story is… complicated. It is an almost happily ever after. Because Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Beautiful, radiant Kate. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do—and let go—to save the people he loves
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would. It was funny and insightful and interesting. The concept is fantastic. And Jack and Kate are beyond adorable.
I honestly don’t know how Jack kept going and also how he didn’t break and tell anyone! I think the third story, where he did something quite different hit home for that first reason. That was hard to read but beautiful.
I also liked how little things changed each time and it wasn’t clear why – that felt real – frustratingly so at times!
I also loved his friendship with Franny (and to a lesser degree Jill, as that is coloured by his previous feelings for her and not massively addressed) and Franny’s relationship with his parents. That was serious friendship goals.
And while the book is very definitely about saving Kate, and how not to fuck up friendship on the way, it’s also about Jack learning a lot about himself. I hope he realised how awful some of his decisions were even if no one else knows he made them (again story 3!) However, he has a good heart and good intentions.
4.5 stars for this lovely contemporary read with a Groundhog Day twist. If you could do it over again, what would you do?
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