The Night of Your Life
JJ is having the worst prom ever... over and over again.All year, JJ’s been looking forward to going to prom with his best friend, Lucy. It will be their last hurrah before graduation—a perfect night for all their friends to relax, have fun together, and celebrate making it through high school.But nothing goes according to plan. When a near-car crash derails JJ before he even gets to prom and Lucy can’t figure out what happened to him, things spiral out of control. The best night of their lives quickly turns into the worst.That is... until JJ wakes up the next day only to find that it’s prom night all over again.At first, JJ thinks he’s lucky to have unlimited chances at perfecting the night of his life. But each day ends badly for him and Lucy, no matter what he does. Can he find a way to get the perfect prom he’s always wanted and move forward into the rest of his life?

The Night of Your Life Details

TitleThe Night of Your Life
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherScholastic
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Time Travel

The Night of Your Life Review

  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    Both the plot and lead characters of this book were not my personal jam, but points for being one of the queerest books with a straight MC I’ve ever read. (Trans, pan, bi, and lesbian representation are all on page, including the MC’s lesbian moms.) The MC seemed to me to be written pretty explicitly demiromantic, tbh, but considering he’s the only character who doesn’t label, even when his moms ask him if he’s ace or aro, far be it for me to do it for him! It does have a lot of sweetness and fu Both the plot and lead characters of this book were not my personal jam, but points for being one of the queerest books with a straight MC I’ve ever read. (Trans, pan, bi, and lesbian representation are all on page, including the MC’s lesbian moms.) The MC seemed to me to be written pretty explicitly demiromantic, tbh, but considering he’s the only character who doesn’t label, even when his moms ask him if he’s ace or aro, far be it for me to do it for him! It does have a lot of sweetness and fun stuff, and I read it quickly, so it’s definitely an “it’s not you, it’s me” - if speculative contemp is more your thing, esp with inclusive casts, it’s a cute one!
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  • Lydia Sharp
    January 1, 1970
    I wrote this :)I don't have a playlist for this book, but I did listen to this one particular song a LOT while I was writing. You might even say I had this song...stuck on repeat. ;)"Perfect Situation" by Weezer
  • Bree Cheese
    January 1, 1970
    So cute! This was such a fun story. Time loops are my favorite and this one didn’t disappoint. Highly recommended if you’re in the mood for a fun teen story with awesome characters.
  • Lydia Sharp
    January 1, 1970
    I wrote this :)I don't have a playlist for this book, but I did listen to this one particular song a LOT while I was writing. You might even say I had this song...stuck on repeat. ;)"Perfect Situation" by Weezer
  • Sarah C
    January 1, 1970
    Love this book. There’s a lot of great representation for the LGBTQIA community , which for me is always a plus reading something I relate to. I loved experiencing JJ’s loop and seeing all the different sides of the characters, showing that we as people are more than just one sided and the way we express ourselves changes through the many different situations we go through in life .
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    JJ and Lucy made pact to go to prom together if they both wound up dateless. While JJ's being single is pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point, he's surprised to find Lucy still dateless and going with him on the day of the prom.Prom is the perfect chance for JJ to have a last hurrah with all of his friends and he can't imagine anyone he'd want to spend it with more than Lucy.Except everything goes wrong.JJ wants nothing more than to forget that prom ever happened. But when he wakes up, JJ and Lucy made pact to go to prom together if they both wound up dateless. While JJ's being single is pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point, he's surprised to find Lucy still dateless and going with him on the day of the prom.Prom is the perfect chance for JJ to have a last hurrah with all of his friends and he can't imagine anyone he'd want to spend it with more than Lucy.Except everything goes wrong.JJ wants nothing more than to forget that prom ever happened. But when he wakes up, it's prom day again.With endless chances to try and fix things, JJ has to figure out if he can chase his perfect prom while holding onto his best friend in The Night of Your Life (2020) by Lydia Sharp.This standalone contemporary takes on a speculative twist as JJ relives his prom over and over again trying to improve events and break the loop. Despite the high concept premise, The Night of Your Life's main strength is the LGBTQ+ representation which adds a nice layer to an otherwise flat story.JJ is an extremely vanilla narrator with few defining traits beyond being excited about prom and an unfortunate predilection for making up words (like "twibble). He is a terrible friend who chooses not just to ditch Lucy when a cute girl's car breaks down but also never tells her what is actually happening. Why he deserves numerous chances to fix his prom night, let alone why he deserves a friend like Lucy, remains unclear.Stilted writing in both JJ's first person narration and the dialog make most of the relationships in the novel feel forced and do nothing to hint at even a little chemistry between JJ and Lucy as the next phase of their friendship (and if they should pursue anything more) becomes the main question of the story.The Night of Your Life is an uninspired take on a familiar premise. Unless you're all about that prom setting, skip this one and read A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody for a better executed version of the same conceit.Possible Pairings: The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando, A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody, Two Summers by Aimee Friedman, Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein, Parallel by Lauren Miller, Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills*An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review consideration*
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  • dearlittledeer
    January 1, 1970
    Fun prom story with a Groundhog Day twist. Diverse cast of characters; the main character seems to be a straight white boy. (I don't remember if they specifically mention his race but he is white on the cover.) Would be appropriate for younger teens, nothing too heavy or shocking.
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  • Fallon
    January 1, 1970
    This read as a very young YA. I felt like this could have been a movie on Nickelodeon or Disney Channel. A lot of fluff.If you are looking for a feel good read or a book for a young teen then this book is one I would recommend
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Eh. It was okay. I guess I was expecting more from the characters, romance, story. I love a Groundhog Day troupe, but I guess I never really knew who to root for with JJ so it left me not as invested in the story.
  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this modern "Groundhog Day" young adult romance. It definitely keeps the reader wondering what will happen the next time and rooting for the guy who just wants to do it right.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    It was a quick read. I did liked it. Such a nice story and the characters in it.
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