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The Rewind by Allison Winn Scotch

The Rewind

by Allison Winn Scotch

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This nostalgia-tinged story of music and romantic mayhem will have you in stitches, scouring your house for a walkman.

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    Love triangle

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    Enemies to Lovers

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When college sweethearts Frankie and Ezra broke up before graduation, they vowed to never speak to each other again. Ten years later, on the eve of the new millennium, they find themselves back on their snowy, picturesque New England campus together for the first time for the wedding of mutual friends. Frankie’s on the rise as a music manager for the hottest bands of the late ‘90s, and Ezra’s ready to propose to his girlfriend after the wedding. Everything is going to plan—they just have to avoid the chasm of emotions brought up when they inevitably come face to face.

But when they wake up in bed next to each other the following morning with Ezra’s grandmother’s diamond on Frankie’s finger, they have zero memory of how they got there—or about any of the events that transpired the night before. Now Frankie and Ezra have to put aside old grievances in order to figure out what happened, what didn’t happen . . . and to ask themselves the most troubling question of all: what if they both got it wrong the first time around?

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The Rewind



Frankie Harriman took a long last look in the mirror on the back of the bathroom door of her decently appointed hotel room. The lighting was, as expected, quite grim, but even without the shadowing and the unflattering overtone of yellow, she startled herself. She fidgeted with the hem of her oversize wool sweater, tried tucking it into the waist of her Levi’s, then decided that made her look like she was trying too hard, so untucked it, but she still wasn’t happy. She turned to the side and gave herself a final once—over. It would have to do. The rehearsal dinner invite had called for College Chic! and this was all she had: her old J.Crew fisherman sweater that she’d dug out of a box in the back of her closet in her Los Feliz apartment and her vintage Levi’s, which she now bought at a used—clothing store on Fairfax, but she may just as well have been wearing the ones from 1989, the year they graduated. The last time she’d set foot on campus at Middleton University.

She had been as surprised as anyone that she willingly accepted her freshman—year roommate’s request to be a bridesmaid (how do you really turn that sort of thing down?). Months later, she checked off “Yes! Party Like It’s 1999,” rather than “Y2Nay,” on the invitation, and after sealing the envelope and dropping it in the mailbox on the corner outside her office, it wouldn’t be a lie to say that she regretted it and immediately thought of a million and one excuses as to how she could bail last minute. She always had excuses at the ready, and to be honest, half of them weren’t even lies: her artists inevitably got themselves into trouble or she was headed out on tour or there was some sort of unforeseeable crisis to manage.

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Why I love it

I’ve always been a fan of high concept love stories but show me one set in the nineties that takes place around New Year’s Eve and I’m pretty well guaranteed a book I’m going to enjoy. The Rewind presents an excellent setup: two exes wake up together with wedding bands on their fingers and no idea how they got there. So far, so invested. Throw in a few classic romance tropes—first loves, second chance love, enemies to lovers, waking up together in your old dorm room (that might not be a trope, but maybe it should be)—and you have a delicious rum punch of a book.

Ezra and Frankie used to date. They broke up ten years ago and haven’t stayed in touch, let alone amicably. But when they wake up together the night before a mutual friend’s wedding, with no memory of the night before, they must work together to establish what happened. They retrace not only their steps but also their relationship as we find out why it all went wrong. Will this trip down memory lane cause them to reconcile or simply cement their decade-long resentment towards one another?

The Rewind is an unabashed nostalgia-fest and a great second chance romance. I’d particularly recommend to anyone who lived through the nineties, Y2K, and cassette tapes. Put on your double denim, power up that lava lamp, and let’s read a rom-com like it’s 1999.

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Member ratings (6,270)

  • Allison A.

    Prosper, TX

    I couldn’t stop reading for wanting to solve the puzzle of Frankie and Ezra’s last 24 hours. The night in question was a pleasant surprise vs a “freaky Friday” or “13 going on 30” plot line. Enjoyed!

  • Darcie R.

    Niagara Falls, ON

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 This was a cute book! I loved the Y2K theme as it really made me relive my childhood. I also really enjoyed the mystery/tracing back the night before plot. Was a fun book to read!

  • Heather M.

    Valencia , PA

    This was one of my favorite romances. I loved that it wasn’t just a feel good easy read but a book full of live lessons and raw emotions.Loved the little bit older times & the NYE setting(read in dec)

  • Laura D.

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Decently a page turner, I couldn’t put it down! I find the mess that they all are pretty relatable but it’s hard to imagine those messes all wind up being fine in the end. Still a good one though.

  • Leslie S.

    Auburn, AL

    This was such a fun, quick read. I couldn’t put it down. I loved recreating the timeline of the night before and their history with the characters. Maybe not a super realistic outcome, but enjoyable.

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