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.
Description taken from Goodreads.
The majority of my YA reading recently has been contemp, and I just had to read Shuffle, Repeat to complete my streak. I’d heard that the romance was really cute, so I had high expectations going in.
That’s probably why I wanted to DNF almost 50 pages in.
Initially, I was disappointed in the narrative in that the writing was just functional. There wasn’t anything exactly right or elegant or particularly articulate about it. That led to my second issue, which is that June feels exceedingly immature. Even though her actions are that of an older teenager, she talks and (sometimes) acts like she’s twelve. It didn’t help that June is extremely condescending toward Oliver in the beginning, which, of course, he just loves.
Despite that, I came back to the book after reading more reviews of the book and agreeing that June’s voice wasn’t entirely unrealistic for a girl her age–maybe just immature. As for the personality problem, we’re all more harsh than we mean to be at times, so I dove back into the book from the beginning.
With the second try, I began to see what other people saw. Even though my previous reservations remained, I loved watching June and Oliver become friends and then start to care about each other. I also loved reading about another music story after This Song Will Save Your Life and ended up learning about a lot more music. The plot did leave something to be desired because some of the twists were pretty bland or messy, but all in all, the story itself didn’t disappoint. The characters were a lot of fun, the romance was cute, and I would recommend this one if you’re looking for a quick romance. 3.5 stars.