Ellie is having the worst Monday of her life. She messes up her school speech for the class vice presidency position, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball tryouts, and the icing on top of this awful cake: her perfect boyfriend who is in a high school rock band dumps her. At the end of the day, Ellie wishes she could redo everything. When she wakes up the next morning, she discovers that it’s Monday again! She has six more chances to redo the day in the hopes of having everything go exactly the way she wants. But in the process, she just may find out that what she really wants and what she actually needs are two very different things.
Source: ARC from MacMillan for review purposes. Thanks!
Ellie is having a pretty terrible day. She wakes up to the memory of having a fight with her rocker boyfriend, which involved her throwing a garden gnome at his head. His morning text has her worried that he wants to break up with her, so she has that on her mind, as well as student council elections, baseball tryouts, and the annual fair, which she has romanticized since she was 10 years old. Everything goes to hell. She goes to bed begging for another chance to get it right.
The next day, everything happens pretty much the exact same way, only her reactions are slightly different. You know, like the movie Groundhog Day, where Bill Murray replays the same day over and over again. I have to admit that the concept was pretty interesting and what initially drew me to the book.
What I loved about the book was, even though Ellie has a pretty singular focus throughout most of it, her days do not always play out the same way. Each day she experiences something that she had missed earlier because she was so self-absorbed. Another part that I loved and that was done so well was the flashbacks to when Ellie and her boyfriend, Tristan, first met. This, along with what is happening currently and repeatedly, him maybe breaking up with her, made it difficult to know if we should be pulling for the two of them to work it out and for Ellie’s repeated efforts to keep them together to succeed. Or is there maybe someone else that Ellie is overlooking? Whatever happens, Ellie is definitely learning a lot by replaying her day over and over, even if her attempts to change things don’t really affect the ultimate outcome. It is rewarding, in the end, to pull for Ellie to finally get it right because the journey is about the destination, isn’t it? And if you learn a lot about yourself along the way, all the better.