In this riotous young adult romp for fans of Recommended for You and A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, a teen girl has the worst Valentine’s Day ever—only to relive it over and over again.
After living through a dumpster fire of a Valentine’s Day, Emilie Hornby escapes to her grandmother’s house for some comfort and a consolation pint of Ben & Jerry’s. She passes out on the couch, but when she wakes up, she’s back home in her own bed—and it’s Valentine’s Day all over again. And the next day? Another nightmare V-Day.
Emilie is stuck in some sort of time loop nightmare that she can’t wake up from as she re-watches her boyfriend, Josh, cheat on her day after day. In addition to Josh’s recurring infidelity, Emilie can’t get away from the enigmatic Nick, who she keeps running into—sometimes literally—in unfortunate ways.
How many days can one girl passively watch her life go up in flames? And when something good starts to come out of these terrible days, what happens when the universe stops doling out do-overs?
Sixteen-year-old Emilie Hornby must relive a disastrous Valentine's Day over and over in this laugh-out-loud Groundhog Day–inspired rom-com by Painter (Better Than the Movies). Type-A Emilie might have a plan for everything, but nothing could've prepared her for what she feels is the worst Valentine's Day ever: first, she rear-ends her cantankerous chemistry partner Nick's truck. Then she discovers that the prestigious journalism scholarship she won was in fact wrongly awarded, jeopardizing her Northwestern University dreams. And finally, she catches her "perfect" boyfriend Josh kissing his ex-girlfriend. After Emilie retreats home to lick her wounds, her father springs unwelcome news: he and her stepmother plan to leave Omaha for Texas, further splintering her previously comfortable stability. But her troubles have only just begun. When she wakes up the next morning, she discovers that it's still Valentine's Day. Seemingly fated to repeat that awful day, Emilie turns to Nick, the only person she believes might be able to help. Throughout, Emilie struggles to navigate her parents' acrimonious divorce, and the resulting financial precarity and blow to her self-worth. By combining these personal trials with a lighthearted love story, Painter delivers a thoughtfully elevated romantic jaunt. Most characters present as white. Ages 14–up. Agent: Kim Lionetti, BookEnds Literary.