The Do-Over – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Do Over

Author:- Sharon M Peterson

Date published:- will be published on 1st August 2022

Publisher:- Bookouture

No. of pages:- 328 pages

Genre:- Romance Comedy


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall:- 5/5

Sorry, the old Perci can’t come to the phone right now.

There’s nothing like experiencing the most humiliating break-up in history for a serious wake-up call. After getting dumped over the radio, with millions of listeners tuning in, my life is in serious need of a do-over.

Trying to please everyone else isn’t working, so it’s time to focus on me. 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!)

But not everyone is on board with the new Perci—my overbearing mother is still dreaming about me walking down the aisle with my awful ex. To keep her far away from my love life I made up an imaginary boyfriend, but in a moment of panic I accidentally blurted out my not-so-imaginary neighbor’s name instead!

Nate, the bad boy next door with gorgeous hazel eyes, a razor-sharp jawline and 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?

Fans of TikTok sensations The Love Hypothesis, The Unhoneymooners, and Sarah Adams won’t be able to put this completely addictive, feel-good rom-com down. An absolutely hilarious page-turner for anyone who feels they need to start living life to the fullest.

So how do you feel when someone break up with you on live video? Well, this book was another funny comedy and romance book that will make you laugh out loud!

Perci after her humiliated break up makes up New Year Resolution which involved not dating any men. So then one day, she accidently let’s out the name of the imaginary boyfriend–in which case, the not so imaginary bad boy neighbor Nate. Then they start fake dating each other but eventually, they start falling for each other.

Even though this was the debut book of the author, I actually enjoyed reading this book. There were some funny parts in the book that would make the reader laugh out loud. I do like Percy’s relationship with her own mother and Mimi her grandmother, whom she seemed to be taking an inspiration from. I also like the friendship between Percy and Nate and how it slowly developed into romance. I enjoyed reading this book and looking forward to read more books from this author!

If you like a cheesy summer romance, then I recommend this book for you–worth five stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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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