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The Do-Over


With a chance to redo her past, can Emilia fix the mess she made—or will she make everything worse?

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Emelia has always wanted to fit in with the A crowd. So, when Ben, the hottest guy in school, asks her out, she chooses him over Alistair, her best friend—even after he confesses his feelings to her.

Six months later, Emilia wonders how her life would have been different if she’d chosen Alistair instead. Haunted by her mistake, she finds a magical solution that promises to rectify the past. As a result, everything in her life is different.

Different, but not better.

What happens if her second chance is her only chance to make things right?


I feel a magnetic pull towards the tent. The curtains are pulled back, revealing a fold-up table laid out with stacks of tarot cards, tall candles with pictures of saints, and a clay bowl filled with a variety of colorful rocks. There’s a diffuser in the corner and the scent of patchouli cuts through the popcorn and fried food smell of the night market.

The woman working in the booth smiles at me. She looks exactly like the type of strange, witchy person you’d expect to see selling stuff like this: long, wavy white hair, a row of colorful bangles on her arm, a flowy patchwork skirt. An orange butterfly barrette is clipped above her left ear, like it’s making a nest in her hair.

“You want a reading, darling?” she asks in a faint Irish lilt. “Twenty-five bucks for twenty minutes.”

I shake my head. I only brought twenty dollars. I can’t spare the time, even if I did have enough money—I have to find Ben before he strands me here.

“Just looking,” I say. I sift through the bowl of rocks. My eye catches on a stone that looks slightly different from the rest. It’s a translucent yellow with thin gold threads shooting through it, about the size of a walnut. I pick it up. The rock is strangely warm in my hand.

The woman gestures at the stone. “Rutilated quartz. A very powerful crystal,” she says. “Is there something that you regret in the past? Something that you wish to change?”

A shiver goes through me. How did she know that?


"Honeybourn infuses this lightly speculative rom-com with a compelling voice and some interesting twists." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The Do-Over is a fantastic mash-up: Pretty in Pink meets Big meets Sliding Doors ... If you're anything like me, you will not be able to put it down until you slide, breathless, into the last chapter." —NPR

"I really enjoyed this book, and finished it in one sitting. I know readers will be just as invested because we ALL wish there was a do-over button in our lives." —Should I Read It Or Not

"This newest story from author Jennifer Honeybourn was one that I couldn't put down. ... I can not wait to see what she does next!" —Crossroad Reviews

"It was reminiscent of my favorite movie 13 Going on 30, but with a major swerve. If you love young adult books then this one is for you." —The Book Curmudgeon

Praise for Jennifer Honeybourn:

"This chatty, fun novel is the perfect beach read." —VOYA, on When Life Gives You Demons

"A quick, enjoyable romance with an entertaining side portion of monster. Readers who like their high-school drama with apocalyptic stakes will eat this up." —Booklist, on When Life Gives You Demons

"Honeybourn’s debut is everything readers expect and want from a lighthearted summer teen romance . . . Pitch-perfect." —School Library Journal, on Wesley James Ruined My Life