The Repeat Year: A Novel

The Repeat Year: A Novel

by Andrea Lochen


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Everyone has days, weeks, even months they wish they could do over—but what about an entire year? After living through the worst twelve months of her life, intensive care nurse Olive Watson is given a second chance to relive her past and attempt to discover where she went wrong…


After a year of hardships, including a messy breakup with her longtime boyfriend Phil, the prospect of her mother’s remarriage, and heartbreaking patient losses at the hospital, Olive is ready to start fresh. But when she wakes up in her ex-boyfriend’s bed on New Year’s Day 2011a day she has already livedOlive’s world is turned upside down.

Shouldering a year of memories that no one else can recall, even Olive begins to question herself—until she discovers that she is not alone. Upon crossing paths with Sherry Witan, an experienced “repeater,” Olive learns that she has the chance to rewrite her future. Given the opportunity of a lifetime, Olive has to decide what she really wants. Should she make different choices, or accept her life as she knows it, flaws and all?

“An intriguing premise and some surprising twists make this an engaging, satisfying read that explores friendship, love and who we really are when it truly matters….A debut novel that offers a fascinating glimpse into one woman’s opportunity to rewrite her past and change her future.”—Kirkus Reviews


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425263136
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Andrea Lochen earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. While there, she won a Hopwood Novel Award for a draft of The Repeat Year. She currently lives in suburban Milwaukee with her husband and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. For more information, visit

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The Repeat Year 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ForTheArtOfIt More than 1 year ago
I borrowed a copy of this book from my library.  Here is my honest review. What would you do differently if you could live a year over? Lochen explores this very question in The Repeat Year, a book that I completely enjoyed despite my doubts. I joined a reading challenge that required a science fiction read, a genre I do not read since the few I've read in the past have not been especially enjoyable. Fortunately, my library has a science fiction section that I began to browse in search of a book that would fulfill the criteria. The Repeat Year was a title that stood out from the rest and the cover definitely did not look like what I expect to see in science fiction, so it came home with me.  The story was immediately engrossing and the characters were easily to sympathize with. With the way the story plays out, the reader can form opinions as whether Olive is making the best choice the second time around. "Hindsight is 20/20" shines out as a true adage in the events that unfold. There were moments when I doubted that Olive would be able to accomplish her main goal of repairing the relationship with her ex; the twists that Lochen added to the plot enhanced the story and kept it from being a predictable love story to one that had me on the (virtual) edge of my seat, with fingers crossed that Olive and Phil would have a happy ending. I will definitely keep an eye out for Lochen's second book and would read more science fiction if it was this enjoyable to read.  I found Lochen's debut book to be exceptionally well written with great character development and an intriguing, well thought out plot.
JennaMott More than 1 year ago
One of the best books of 2013! From the first page, I was hooked and had to keep reading! I loved the idea of having a chance to relive a year of your life, and the cast of characters was wonderful. They felt like such real people to me. I was really rooting for Olive and Phil to get back together and for Sherry to fix things with her son. Olive’s best friend, Kerrigan, is probably my favorite character. She’s so funny, fearless, and genuine! (Olive’s dorky stepfather, Harry, is pretty hilarious in his own way too.) Since Olive is an ICU nurse, there were several medical scenes that I found really fascinating. It made the stakes even higher for Olive—can she save patients’ lives who passed away last year? Of course, I won’t give anything away (you’ll have to read it yourself, to find out!), but I loved this element of the book. Olive is such a compassionate, good person, and she empathizes with her really sick patients and their families, especially because she lost her dad to leukemia a few years ago. While this book is a super fun, entertaining read (a lot of reviewers have been calling it an awesome beach read), I personally think it’s more than that. It focuses on questions of forgiveness and regret, the choices we make and how we come to terms with them. I loved this book so much, and I can’t wait until Lochen comes out with her second book!
LaurieLou85 More than 1 year ago
Entertaining and thought-provoking. I love how the author eases you into understanding the character's stories. Rather than giving everything away all up front, she develops the characters through out the book so there is always something new to learn while simultaneously taking the plot forward. Some authors focus too much on their characters, and not much on the plot, and vise versa, while Andrea Lochen found a perfect balance between the two.  
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Olive has had rough year. Her mother has remarried and Olive feels that it is too soon and that her mother is trying to forget her father. Not only that, but Olive made an unforgivable error in judgment where her long term relationship was concerned, now she has an entire year to redo in her life. Will she fix the relationship of her lifetime? Will she repair the damaged relationship with her mother and accept her new husband? I’ve always loved the movie Groundhogs Day, and dream of having a “do over” button to change the outcome of certain situations. I can’t even fathom having an entire year! This was a fun read, as you see how Olive grasps what has happened and realizes what a great opportunity it is. Being an ICU nurse, however, reliving patients’ deaths had to be disturbing. The characters are so realistic that you can relate to them on many levels. For a debut novel, this author surpassed my expectations! There is so much depth in her writing that she made repeating an entire year plausible. Although this book isn’t slated to be part of a series, it could easily become one because of this unique concept. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you woke up tomorrow morning and found out it was exactly a year prior right down to the day? Everything you did one year ago was the beginning point for where you found yourself today. What would you do if you had the opportunity to relive that year again? That is just the premise for the latest novel, The Repeat Year by author Andrea Lochen. Not only does Olive Watson wake up on New Year's Day in 2011 with a new beginning but it really is a new opportunity. She finds herself suddenly right back where she was a year ago. Back with her now ex-boyfriend Phil. The very same Phil that broke up with her ten months ago. She's not exactly sure what happened, but all she knows is that she is suddenly provided with an opportunity to fix some mistakes in her life that happened a year ago. Is it possible to move forward with the knowledge of having already lived those mistakes and not yet feel a sense of remorse for having that knowledge to help you with making different choices. It's not exactly like you can leave those feelings behind just because you have a chance to make things right in the lives of the people you dealt with that previous year. Is there even a point to having this happen? I received The Repeat Year by Andrea Lochen compliments of Penguin Publishers and Book Sparks Tours for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable one. This is like an expanded version of Groundhog Day only it takes some unexpected twists and turns when you have 365 days to do over again. Unlike Groundhog Day where the concept was the same day over and over again, Olive has a year to find the one thing that has brought her back to doing the year over again with no clue as to what that is. Is it the opportunity to stay living with her roommate Kerrigan instead of moving out, is it a chance to fall in love with her ex-boyfriend Phil and possibly get married, or rekindle some family relationships that she burned in the first go around, or is it something she never considered about how her interactions with someone needed a second chance? Maybe repeat years aren't just redoes for quick fixes, but they're last chances. Based on my personal review criteria I have to rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars. Not for the storyline but based on the profanity contained in the beginning of the book that readers might find offensive. However, the story is amazing. I found myself wondering what I would do if faced with the same challenges that Olive did. What if what I thought needed changing wasn't the reason I had the opportunity to redo that year again and I had to repeat it again until I did? This is definitely a unique concept and I found I could relate to a lot of decisions that Olive makes. It makes you see the people you often take for granted in your life and when given the chance to revisit them again, you realize what a gift a repeat year could be. This book makes for a perfect addition to your summer reading list and I'd love to see this one brought to the big screen some day.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Robin Book provided by Book Sparks PR for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book If I were given the chance to go back to the beginning of the year for a do over I would love to be able to choose the year that I wanted to do over. But for Olive she wasn’t given a chance to choose she woke up in the previous year. I loved ‘Groundhog Day’ so for me this light read was a really fun way to start my summer reading with. The biggest question is if given the chance to change the year; how do you stop yourself from making the same mistakes all over again? My question is what effect does the repeat and correcting the changes have on the future of not only your life but those around you because after all they are involved also. Olive finds that she needs to focus on her relationships. Her boyfriend Phil…let’s just say she blew it causing a big break-up. She needs to figure out how to fix the problem. Then there is her best friend Kerrigan. It is hard enough to find good friends let alone a best friend. Wrecking that relationship leaves you all alone. To add to her continued heartache her dad dies. I really liked the way grief was dealt with in the whole circumference of the story. Mom decides to re-marry and Olive finds a way to alienate her mom because she doesn’t like the guy she marries. So for Olive a repeat sounds perfect but sometimes rethinking things and changing them even the slightest tends to alter the outcome of our lives. Had I done this instead of that I wouldn’t have or be where I am today kind of thing. Olive learns that her mom’s neighbor Sherry Witan has had repeat years. With this in common they bond, form an unlikely friendship finding out that what they share is more than just the experience of a repeat year. Ms. Lochen writes the story in such a simple way that it just flows. Which in turn has a way of keeping it (the story and the reader) going and reading in a nice way. The strong storyline adds depth to her writing as do the characters; showing that each one has meaning and purpose in Olive’s life. She wrote as if she herself experienced a repeat year. It wasn’t written so far out there that you would think it was a scene from the ‘Twilight Zone’ or that perhaps aliens might have been involved. She made it seem real. I could picture it actually happening. This story is a nice light read that keeps you thinking about things till the very end. A great read to pack in your things for the beach or maybe just staying at home. Whatever you have planned this summer you might want to pick up your copy of Ms. Lochen book The Repeat Year and find out for yourself that everyone is human and we all make mistakes. It was kind of fun to think about what you would do to change the year if anything.
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AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
Andrea Lochen astonished me by managing to create a story about traveling back in time to relive 2011. She was so succinct in her story-telling that she made this possibility truly believable, needing very little explanation to understand the premise. I know other novelists that have written about time travel and they really had to delve deep to explain how the whole “going back in time” concept could truly occur. Andrea Lochen’s writing was not only very conceivable, but she was flawless in her efforts to explain how Olive was able to repeat the year 2011. She did not miss a beat on any specifics, absolutely no loopholes existed; it was as if this wondrous possibility was plausible for any of us. Upon opening the book, it was as if the book was wrapped in a bow, and given to me as a present that I would unwrap and devour like a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day. Andrea Lochen’s writing seemed effortless. At the core of this novel was a 25 year old woman named, Olive Watson; who seemed to be living the perfect life. Her love life, family life, and work life were all going well until 2011, when everything fell apart within the confines of that one year. All of these drastic turns were taking a toll on Olive’s heart of hearts. In 2011, Olive’s father had passed away, her mother was marrying another man that Olive did not deem worthy. She also managed to lose both her best friend, Kerrigan; and the love of her life, Phil Russell. For good! But, when she woke up on January 1st, 2012 she noticed that something very strange had occurred. Every indication pointed to the fact that it was January 1st, 2011; again! Olive took some time trying to make sense of how this could have happened. It all seemed too far-fetched for her to comprehend that she was about to repeat the year. Was she in a dream? Had the past year even occurred? So many questions engulfed her. Finally, that very first confusing day she spoke with her Mother’s neighborhood friend, Sherry Witan at her families annual New Year’s Day brunch, and everything came to light. Apparently, Sherry had Repeated quite a few years herself. They spoke only briefly, but Olive understood that this repeating of 2011 was her chance to change things that steered her life in a direction that she was not proud of or completely at peace with; let alone content. Andrea’s writing flowed so effortlessly with a theory that seems truly outlandish; I mean how could we have a chance to repeat a year in our lifetime? I was very enthralled with the ease of the Andrea’s writing; the ebb and flow of her story-telling was mesmerizing. I read the book in a very quick two days, because I could not put it down. Each character brings such meaning to the Olive’s life, each choice even more so. She had the possibility to change each decision she made in 2011. But, how could she go about doing that, without dealing with the moral consequences! Would there be any? Could every outcome be exactly how she wanted it to be? Was she that strong and powerful? Sherry Witan is a very strong character in this book, yet weaves in and out just enough to remind you that Olive is not alone in this “Repeat Year” process. Sherry and Olive create a bond that was grounded on having their repeat year in common; but, soon finds it is even more than that. Olive was so alive on each page! As the reader, I was truly engulfed by how much any slight choice, decision and action could change the outcome of Olive’s year. It made me consider some of the choices I had made in the past. Would I want a “Repeat year”? You will walk away from this novel with a clear understanding that each moment in our lives can truly change our path. But, the question is, how does it change Olive’s life?
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Olive Watson, an ICU nurse, goes to bed on New Year’s Eve 2012 and wakes up on New Year’s Day 2011.  She finds herself back with her ex-boyfriend, Phil, and her mother not yet married.  To say she is shaken and unsure of what do with this year she can redo is an understatement.  This is a story of Olive’s second chance to relive her past and change things that went wrong. Olive is an amazing character.  She gets the opportunity to relive a horrible year in her life.  She cheated on her boyfriend of many years causing their relationship to end.  Her mother married a man, Harry, that she really didn’t like, which caused a strain on her relationship with her mother.  She lost contact with her best friend since college.    Instead of going back and just trying to make her life better, she goes back and makes the lives of those around her better. Olive even changes the lives, for the better, of her patients in ICU.  I love how unselfish Olive was in her redo year.   Even with all the unknowns of how the things she would like to change would work out she never gave up hope that things would be better. The relationship between Phil and Olive is interesting.  Olive feels she is keeping secrets.  Phil feels like Olive doesn’t share enough of her life with him.  I felt like Phil sometimes expected too much of Olive.  When Olive returned home from work unable to share the stress of what happen he took that as a shutout, where I felt like it was really more that she came home to escape not to relive.  I did love that Phil was supportive of Olive’s family and pushed her to be more accepting of them.  He went out of his way to get to know Harry and show that he was not such a bad guy. The Repeat Year is an adult novel, but a young adult could also enjoy it.  A reader will have to look past what they know to be real, like the inability to go back in time.  But once you get past that you will fall in love with the characters and the story.  This was a book I was unable to put down.  I highly recommend The Repeat Year. 
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Have you ever wanted to repeat a year and change a few things to see how it would end differently?  Olive wakes up in 2011 again and has the opportunity to relive the year and make some changes.  The biggest question she faces is what to change and what to leave the same - it was great to see where she decides to intervene and make changes.