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Library JournalLochen’s debut novel takes déj? vu to an extreme as 26-year-old Olive Watson wakes up on New Year’s Day to find herself a year younger, still in bed with her ex-boyfriend, and faced with the sudden realization that she is being forced to take a second stab at the year 2011. Armed with a promiscuous best friend, a kindhearted (yet slightly jaded) boyfriend, and a freshly engaged mother, Olive must maneuver through the situations and decisions that led to 2011 being a complete disaster the first time around. But when she meets Sherry Witan, a fellow repeater, Olive finds herself fixing more than just her own mistakes as their friendship develops in the most unlikely of places.
Verdict While this title is similar to the time loop phenomenon of the film Groundhog Day and a handful of sf titles (Ken Grimwood’s Replay; Richard Lupoff’s 12:01 PM), Lochen’s twist on the theme, with relationships taking center stage, makes this a perfect light summer read for chick lit lovers and book clubs.—Chelsie Harris, San Diego Cty. Lib.
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