If you’re a fan of 50 First Dates and Groundhog Day, then you’ll love The Deja Glitch by Holly James. This isn’t a mash-up of the movies, rather a delightful spin on the déjà vu concept. While there are similarities, this light-hearted romance by Holly James is by no means a copycat of either.
Rather, it’s a high-concept cocktail of these movies’ finest elements coupled with a healthy dose of magic, wit, and entreating characters.
Gemma is in the market for love but her career, her dog Rex, and her status as BFF to a sparkling influencer keeps her in the background. But the night of her friend’s birthday party one man captures her attention so much so that she musters the courage to approach him. Jack’s unconcealed interest is somehow familiar and much to Gemma’s surprise, he knows she’s not a fan of the bar scene, yet accurately guesses her favorite drink. Then just as she’s about to leave, he asks to test a theory and swoops her into a kiss.
The next day, their paths cross again. Gemma doesn’t recognize Jack who insists they’ve met. He also knows things about her no one else would, like she’s wearing her favorite shirt and her brother is stuck at the airport. He explains they’ve met many times, specifically every day. Of course, Gemma doesn’t fall for this, nor his “temporal anomaly” explanation. But Jack is cursed—or rather, blessed—to relive these days over and over unless he can find a way to jolt the time-space continuum.
Dear readers, I won’t spoil it by telling you what happens, or how Jack and Gemma divine a solution, as it’s all part of the fun. But I will share that each character has an arc, wounds, and goals, especially Gemma with her dirty, double crossing ex-boyfriend and with her estranged father. This elevates the personal bond between reader and protagonist and gives the book depth.
If you like an HEA and want a fun, and yes, unique book that helps you escape reality for a while, The Deja Glitch is a must-read.
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