This review contains quotes from the book.
*Special thanks to Penguin Random House for allowing us to review Jen Klein’s Shuffle, Repeat.
Jen Klein‘s young adult romance novel Shuffle, Repeat is PERFECT! And once you’ve read more into Oliver and June’s love story, you won’t be able to resist the feels.
One of the best things about Klein’s book is how she works with Oliver and June’s adorable love story. It all begins when their mothers, who also happen to be best friends, suggest Oliver start taking June to school in the mornings during their senior year of high school.
In the beginning, we see Jane struggle with the fact that Oliver is one of the popular guys in school and she is anything but popular. So, of course, she feels like Oliver is only taking her to school because their mother’s ask him to. But as they bond and get to know one another, Jane realizes Oliver is a lot nicer than he seems. He actually wants to get to know her, and one of the ways he expresses his interest is by listening to her music.
It’s through their shared past times and morning car rides that Jane sees another side to Oliver she hadn’t noticed before. During one scene, in particular, we understand just how little Jane knows him after she insists Oliver isn’t all that smart and that he’s only giving her rides to school to keep up his “good guy” reputation:
“I know you have amassed a certain amount of nice-guy cred, but you don’t really have to pick me up. It’s egregious. It’s excessive.” Belatedly, I remember that Oliver might not follow my advanced vocabulary, and I dial it back so he’ll understand. “It’s too much.”
“I don’t mind.”
— excerpt from Jen Klein’s Shuffle, Repeat
Later on, however, Oliver does make use of his own “advanced vocabulary,” and that impresses her. There are more things they connect with throughout the novel as well, like their love for music. Even though they have different interests in songs and genres they gradually begin to like each other’s music.
In fact, Klein makes playlists and music a constant theme throughout the story because it leads them to open up and talk more about their lives. One of the ways Klein does this is that when Oliver and Jane come to agree on something—be it something they like or don’t like about high school—one of them will add the other’s favorite song on their shared playlist. And then they shuffle and repeat that playlist, hence the title of the novel.
To say these two are complete opposites of one another would be an understatement, but that’s what makes their bond even more special. They are able to forge a relationship from those differences. They see each other for who they are and they aren’t afraid to be themselves when they’re together. It’s the sweetness of their relationship is what made the book so enjoyable to read.
From the car rides they share together to their blossoming relationship, I can promise you that Oliver and Jane’s love story in Shuffle, Repeat will get you out of any reading slump you are in.