“It’s tough being a bisexual Christian. The gays don’t want her, and neither does our school’s God Squad.”
Blurb (Goodreads)- June wants high school to end and real life to begin. Oliver is soaking up senior year’s glory days. They could have coasted through high school, knowing about—but not really knowing—each other.
Except that their moms have arranged for Oliver to drive June to school. Every. Single. Day.
Suddenly these two opposites are fighting about music, life . . . pretty much everything. But love is unpredictable. When promises—and hearts—get broken, Oliver and June must figure out what really matters. And then fight for it.
Thoughts- After reading a ton of fantasy for the last few months, I devoured and absolutely loved this adorkable little contemporary novel that was also extremely relatable.
June, who is our protagonist, is a very snarky, independent senior in high school, who believes that this time of her life doesn’t really count for anything in the long run in terms of memorable events. Oliver is our other main character, who is basically the opposite of June on the point of view of high school. June and Oliver may have grown up together as kids, but drifted apart as they seemingly separated into different groups in school.
What I appreciated the most about this book was the fact that it is definitely a book about your senior year in high school (which I’m currently in, so woo!), and it has that voice, yet I’m absolutely positive that someone of any age would enjoy this book. June faces a lot of similar problems that other students do, such as good and bad relationships, friendships, cliques at school, and of course… petty drama.
The story focuses around June and Oliver’s budding relationships throughout the entire school year since Oliver is now driving June every morning. At first it’s awkward as they are both judging each other on the facade of the individual, and the cliques they’re in. However, once the playlist game begins, their relationship morphs into a true friendship (and something more, but we’ll get to this later). I honestly loved seeing every aspect and stage of their relationship with one another. It starts out as almost painful to witness, but morphs into something that melted my sad little heart.
Not only do I love June and Oliver together, but the individual characters are so wonderful. June is someone that I can immensely relate to. She is wickedly smart and analytical, doesn’t let other people judging her bother her, protective over her friends, and quite mature. Oliver, on the other hand, strikes a perfect balance with her. He’s looser and absolutely hilarious, lives in the moment and savors each memory, and has a wonderful growth to break stereotypes. Seriously, I love Oliver because he’s this adorable little jock that is actually a sweetie pie. The side characters are equally as wonderful and surprising, especially Ainsley.
I also appreciate the diversity that is present in this novel. Just in June’s circle of friends, Shaun is gay (and beautifully flamboyant) and struggling with a long distance relationship, Darbs is a bisexual Christian who is so supportive of June, and Lily is person of color violin prodigy. Simply, I love it and all the different voices represented.
Overall, I definitely recommend Shuffle, Repeat if you are in the mood for a quick and super sweet contemporary that develops over different tastes in music, and enjoy books full of snarky and funny characters.