2022 · Book review

Book Review: The Do-Over by Sharon M. Peterson @stone4031 @bookouture

“Look, you’re a nice girl but I don’t think we should see each other anymore.” The voicemail ends and I freeze in the dentist’s chair as I realize… I’ve just been dumped on live radio.

It took the most humiliating break-up for me to see that my life is in serious need of a do-over. Cue my anti New Year’s resolutions that even I can’t fail at:
Stop dating. (Men are the worst.)
Stop trying to lose weight. (I’m never giving up chocolate.)
Stop working so hard. (Selling mortgages is not my dream career.)
Stop trying to live up to unrealistic expectations. (Start living my best life.)
Stop trying to please my mother. (It’s not possible.)

But it turns out number five is harder than I thought, as she begins her campaign to get me back with my ex. So, what’s the perfect solution to keep her out of my love life? An imaginary boyfriend—at least he was supposed to be imaginary until I blurted out my neighbor’s name…

Nate, the bad boy next door with gorgeous hazel eyes, a razor-sharp jawline and a mysterious scar, might be hot, but he’s definitely not my boyfriend. Now all I need to do is stick to my resolutions while also keeping my interfering family away from my non-existent lover who has no idea that we’re fake dating. What could possibly go wrong?

A completely addictive, feel-good rom-com perfect for fans of TikTok sensations The Love Hypothesis, The Unhoneymooners, and Sarah Adams. An absolutely hilarious page-turner for anyone who feels they need to start living life to the fullest.

Review:

When Perci gets dumped over the radio she decides with a bit of help from her friend to take control of her life, the new Perci is unveiled.

I absolutely adored this book, it had me chuckling away , cringing and furious at some points. It was such an easy read, I was drawn in from page one and really didn’t want to put it down.

There are some fantastic characters in this book, my favourite being Perci’s grandmother Mimi, she just didn’t give a damn what anyone thought and she shone. I loved how every chapter started with a mini-ism, I had to write some of them down so I could remember them and channel my inner Mimi.

Perci’s mother on the other hand, oh boy did she get my heckles up quite a few times, she was so mean at times and it broke my heart at how she treated Perci and Phee.

The Do-over is a story that really brightened my mood, it’s such a feel good story even though there are some tough moments for Perci, you have hope she’s going to overcome them.

Thoroughly enjoyable and an easy 5 star rating from me, I’m really hoping we won’t have long to wait for another book from the author.

About the author:

Sharon M. Peterson is a former middle school teacher and has the personality to prove it. One of her favorite quotes is from Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath: “It was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials.” She strives to tackle life that way and create characters who do the same. She lives in Washington with her husband and four children, including two autistic sons. She has one cat, two dogs, one tattoo, and an intense fear of poodles (don’t ask). She can usually be found hunched over her computer, creating characters and stories she hopes you’ll love as much as she does.

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