From the author of the “genuinely funny” and “delightful” Loathe at First Sight (NPR) and “cinematic, charming” So We Meet Again (Emily Henry), a fun rom-com about a young Korean-American woman having to return to college after discovering she’s a few credits shy of completing her degree—only to find one of her TAs is her old college boyfriend.
Bestselling author Lily Lee is on a short deadline to deliver her new career guide How to Land the Perfect Job, and she’s been interviewing at all the top companies around town. But when she’s offered a coveted position at her dream company, the employer’s background check reveals she never actually finished her college degree. Unbelievably, her worst nightmare has come true.
Lily returns to her alma mater to relive her senior year of college, after walking across the stage at graduation a decade earlier. Just as she starts getting used to the idea of being a student again, things get even more weird and chaotic when she discovers her computer science TA is her old college boyfriend, Jake Cho.
As Lily and Jake reconnect, she sees that her late-blooming ex has done well for himself: the handsome, charming grad student appears to have his life together, while Lily’s on the brink of losing her reputation and her book deal.
Told in present day with glimpses of the past, The Do-Over is a delightfully warm and hopeful story about second chances in life and love, and how the future might not be a straight line, but we still end up exactly where we’re supposed to be.
A woman gets a second chance at her college years in this charming rom-com from Park (The Christmas Clash). Acclaimed author Lily Lee has everything going for her: a series of smash-hit career empowerment books for women and a promising new executive role at her dream company. But when the company runs a background check, it discovers—to Lily's surprise and horror—that she never officially graduated from college due to a clerical error. Lily has no choice but to leave New York City and discreetly return to Carlthorpe College to finish her degree without her publisher or her fans finding out. Matters grow even more complicated when she realizes that her new TA is her college ex, PhD candidate Jake Cho, who instantly recognizes Lily and seizes his "twice-in-a-lifetime chance" to make things right between them and win her back. As Lily navigates collegiate coming-of-age—again—she's presented with a unique opportunity to explore what could have been if her life had taken a different route. Park's pitch-perfect comedic timing and knack for creating heartstrings-tugging moments make this thoughtful romance really shine. This is a winner.
A Great Book Club Pick
Just as Lilly was about to get her dream job at Swan and Wallace, they let her know she had failed her background check. As it turns out, Lily was told she hadn’t actually graduated from college even though she participated in commencement. Lily had to move back to Carlthorpe college in order to finish the last two credits. She finds out she has the same advisor who steered her wrong. To make matters worse, Lilly is told she has to switch majors as the one she started is no longer available. When taking a class, she discovers her old boyfriend, Jake, as the teaching assistant. Despite all the road blocks, will she be able to finish her degree in order to get her dream job? Will she reconnect with Jake or will they just remain friends?
In addition to going back to school, Lily is in the middle of writing a book. Will the publisher find out her predicament and cancel her book or will she be able to pull it off? This book will have you turning the pages to find out.
Even though Suzanne Park weaves important issues into her story, she keeps it light with a humorous and engaging story! Perfect for book clubs as it will lead to many interesting discussions!