Kathryn Ormsbee

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June 2023, HarperCollins, 320 pp

Vivian Lantz is cursed. Every year, terrible things happen on her first day of school—and her first day of eighth grade makes the rest of them look like child’s play. Her family’s house floods in a sudden rainstorm. She ruins her perfect outfit before she even walks through the school doors. She almost kills her teacher’s fish. And if all of that weren’t upsetting enough, she gets her first period in the middle of the school cafeteria. Vivian can’t wait to put it all behind her.

But instead of waking up to a brand-new day, Vivian gets stuck reliving her catastrophic first day of eighth grade over and over again. Curse: 9,000 – Vivian: 0. Then she sees her misfortune for what it really is—a golden opportunity to fix her mistakes. But when her second chance turns into a third, and a fourth, and a fifth, Vivian might have to let go of the perfect day of her dreams to escape the endless loop… and make a few surprising choices along the way.


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