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April 22, 2023

The Do-Over by Suzanne Park ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

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.

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book cover of romantic comedy The Do-Over by Suzanne Park
April 2023; Avon; 978-0063216051
audio, ebook, print (368 pages); romantic comedy

Even though Lily Lei is only in her early 30s, she's a bestselling author of a book about how to find the perfect job.  She's working on a new book but even though the deadline for submitting the book is getting close, she can't seem to make herself work on it.   When she's offered a job at a top firm, the background check causes her to not be considered.  Why?  It turns out that Lily was several credits short of getting her degree - something that she never realized because she did get a diploma and walk across the stage at the graduation ceremony.  To move ahead in her work life, she decides to go back to college and get enough credits so that she has her degree.  It's pretty tough going back to college in your 30s and spending so much time around people who are 10 years or more younger.  She decides to make the best of it - goes to frat parties, drinks too much, and then to her total dismay finds that the man who broke her heart in college is now the teaching assistant in one of her classes.  When they begin to spend some time together, she realizes that it isn't easy the second time around.  This book is a warm story about second chances in life and love and how the future may end up totally different than had been planned.

Lily was a great main character as she tried to find her way around her new college life.  She is saddled with anxiety and parental issues as she works to get her degree.  Along with Lily, the two other characters, her best friend Mia and Beth, her roommate, provided a lot of laughs.  I liked all of the female main characters but the one person that I didn't like was Jake -- the old boyfriend and current TA in Lily's class.  He had a major ego issue and didn't really make any excuses for the breakup that he and Lily had years before.  I didn't like him at all but could tolerate him by the end of the story.

This book is an easy read about second chances in life and love and how things never turn out the way you planned.

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Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.  

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