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The Loop

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  560 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Ben and Maggie have met, fallen in love, and died together countless times. Over the course of two pivotal days—both the best and worst of their lives—they struggle again and again to resist the pull of fate and the force of time itself. With each failure, they return to the beginning of their end, a wild road trip that brings them to the scene of their own murders and int ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 28th 2013 by Hyperion
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Chloe Innes
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Dec 17, 2012 added it
Shelves: arc, ebook
So this starts with "Oh wow I have a lot of deja vus lately, let's go see this creepy old guy in that psychic's table in the middle of the street who's been grinning at me." The psychic creep tells him he's in a time loop where he relives things over and over.. and the MC's like "Huh, ok that explains it!". O_o

Yah... Not for me.
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
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The Loop by Shandy Lawson has left me conflicted. On one hand, the story was inventive and had a very fast-paced plot. On the other hand, the execution was lacking and the characters were one-dimensional. I recommend this one to YA lovers but a bit hesitantly. It's not a "Wow!" book, but it makes a good read when you need something quick because of it's very short length.

Ben, our MC, wakes up one morning and goes about his business only
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
I had problems with this book's premise right from the start. I tried to ignore them and just enjoy the ride, but it was hard – my brain kept interrupting with questions that the book never satisfactorily answered. For example, since Steve's loop lasts less than a month, what happens to him after that time is up? Does he die at the end of his loop, the way Maggie and Benjamin did? If not, then how could he continue to exist past the end of his loop? If he did die at the end of his loop, how coul ...more
Paola (A Novel Idea)
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Novel Idea Reviews


I can never seem to resist anything that promises time travel. Throw in some star-crossed love and the prospect just gets better! Shandy Lawson’s The Loop brings both of these things and more. Ben and Maggie’s desperate fight to alter their fate is never without the lingering sense of danger waiting just around the corner. Likewise, there’s never a dull moment. The book could easily be envisioned as a film, in my opinion. I found myself intrigued
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
*Also posted in Oops! I Read A Book Again*

Thank you to Hyperion and NetGalley for the eARC! As usual, this in no way affected my views about the book. Only honest opinions here!

Admittedly, I'm a bad challenge host as The Loop is my first time travel book. Blame my last year in university, blame my thesis, my organizations and affiliations, blame myself. However, I am glad that The Loop was my first for the challenge as it has successfully kickstarted the time travel junkie in me and I am current
Amanda Clark
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a quick read. The concept of time bending and time traveling has always always interested me, so I was destined to pick up The Loop. Glad I did! I kept turning the pages to see how the loop would end and enjoyed it. Maggie and Ben's story was told well.
Dominic Berry
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Goodreads review is about a book called The Loop by Shandy Landy. This book is about a boy named Ben and another girl named Maggie who find themselves on the verge of death many many times. The Loop first starts off with how Ben and Maggie meet, the book does a really good job at doing this by using a lot of adjectives. Ben and Maggie first meet at a carnival at which they both use this one carnival game and get sucked into basically another universe. The confusing part about the book is that ...more
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-event
Originally posted at:

The Loop was fast-paced, quick and short read, but it was SO GOOD. Highly original and had me wondering how in heck they'd make it out in the end. It had me flipping pages from start to finish and I just couldn't get enough of it.
The concept for this book is so unique– I haven't read much of time travel within the YA world. The idea of these two teens falling in love and then killed... only to be stuck on repeat. Absolutely brilliant.
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
WOAH. That was quite the exciting reading experience! I flew through this in one sitting and it was AWESOME.


The Loop is a fast and exciting book that I read in one sitting. The story moves quickly, without giving the characters any time to pause or rest, and because of the way the story is told, the reader doesn't get a break either. The action and adventure never slow down, which makes for an intense and exciting reading experience.

The loop the main characters are stuck in is both fascinat
Suzanne Dix
Totally fun time-bending story. Lots of action, some violence and a bit of a sweet romance...appropriate for grade 7 or 8 and up.

While similar to Lisa McMann's Crash trilogy, the language is much tamer. Certainly seems poised for a sequel.
usagi ☆ミ
This wasn't too shabby at all. Torn between a 3.5/5 and a 4/5 for a rating, so going with 4 stars for now, may change upon further reflection. Review to come!
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! Some reviews say how the characters were not developed enough, or how the book was rushed. I disagree, I liked the element that you didn't know a whole lot about the characters and it made me really see them in my own way. It also made the characters actions unpredictable, another element that i loved! All of the supporting characters really kept the book and story line moving! I loved how the ending was told from the other characters perspective and it wrapped things up really well! ...more
Natalie Phister
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ben and Maggie are stuck in a time loop. Which would be great if they only had to fall in love, except that by the end they always end up getting murdered. As they figure out yet again what's going on and what they should do next, the two find that bending Fate is harder than they thought. It takes a great deal of willpower, and sometimes it just seems to make things worse. But perhaps enough little changes can lead to the clean break they need, allowing them to finally move on
This book is interesting, the genre of this book is qualified as horror fiction, first of all this book is not scary at all, the fiction part is right it have a lot of fiction in it. In my opinion i recommend this book to teenagers, this book is written by Shandy Lawson. The main characters of this book are benjamin: a very normal boy living in the city, but his special ability travel in a time loop, with other person, like maggie: she is a very adventurous girl and she is brave the characters t ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an interesting little book. It is meant for younger readers but I saw it in a LFL and thought I'd give it a read. I liked how during the first loop we read about is from Ben's perspective then the next is from Maggies. I also really enjoyed the outcome and how their problem was solved but the ending did have a sad part to it. I think this would be a really great book for younger readers to get them talking and thinking creatively/outside the box.
I liked the overall plot, the time loop idea was interesting, but I never really connected to Ben and Maggie. They were meeting over and over, but each loop was no more than a day or two, could they really have fallen in love? They did not remember every thing that happen in the previous loop and were running and hiding for most of the time.
Elizabeth Mellen
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable, fast paced, little book. At just under 200 pages, it was easy to read in one sitting, and it was fast paced enough to want to keep going. I enjoyed the romance of it, because while it happened early enough to feel a little like insta-love, they’d spent enough time in the Loop, that it wasn’t from their perspective.
Amanda Kramers
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a quick read. I enjoyed it quite a bit and was empathetic for the characters.
Shae McDaniel
Dec 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Originally posted at

I loved the concept of this story when I first stumbled across the synopsis. Two star-crossed lovers are stuck in a time loop that ends with them dying each time. It's like a teenage Groundhog Day meets, I don't know, a sanitized Bonnie and Clyde.

Sadly, I was not destined to love this book.

It wasn't a bad book. In fact, I could conceivably see people thoroughly enjoying this book. The premise is certainly an intriguing one. Ben and Maggie are
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
I want to thank Disney Hyperion for supplying me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.

Blurb from Goodreads:
Ben and Maggie have met, fallen in love, and died together countless times. Over the course of two pivotal days—both the best and worst of their lives—they struggle again and again to resist the pull of fate and the force of time itself. With each failure, they return to the beginning of their
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a good young adult fiction that follows the premise of Groundhog Day in which two teens and others are caught in a time loop. The action comes in finding out if they can learn from each trip through the loop and change the outcome of being murdered. It was well written and enjoyable.
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at: Girls On YA Books

Let me tell you, when I got this book in the mail I was surprised by its size. It's only like 270+ pages. Now when stories are that short I always worry on how it's going to work out. Will 270+ pages be enough to satisfy me? Will it call short? Will it be too rushed? Will enough information be provided? Sometimes it does fall short. Others are lucky enough (well maybe it's not luck) to push past all my fears and prove to be really good! The Loop wa
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
An easy read, with some complex and original ideas. I love that is dives right into the action. Thank you Shandy Lawson for assuming I am a competent reader who can put two-and-two together. I appreciate your confidence in me and overall this is a good break-out novel.

Maggie and Ben are trapped in an infinite loop of time. They are doomed--or fated--to live the same span of time over and over again, until they get things right. They can make subtle changes here and there, but Fate draws them bac
Kauryn Krier
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The day we went to the library and the librarian talked to us about books she talked about this book. It seemed very interesting to me so I decided to check it out so that is how I picked out this book. The setting is mainly in Shreveport and that is where the murder keeps happening. They do travel all over though but Shreveport is what is mentioned the most because that is where fate is pulling Ben and Maggie but they are fighting it to stay alive and supposively end the loop. The conflict is t ...more
Nicole Wang
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Well, this was a different, interesting, slightly awkward read. Good. But slightly awkward.

So, the beginning. The Loop immediately starts off with the action. Two pages in, you already knows what's going on, four pages he meets the love interest, and six pages in he's running away from a murder. I'd say that was pretty quick, but it definitely fit the story,

Right of the bat, Ben meets Steve who explains to him what a Loop is, a circle of time where something interrupts the "flow of time" as it w
Lisa (Lisa Likes Books)
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, wishlist
Well, shit!


A bit Groundhog Day, a bit Shakespearean tragedy… The Loop by Shandy Lawson was one of those rare books I picked up with almost no knowledge about it and ended up liking very much. My sister-in-law had mentioned seeing it at the library, so when I saw it on the shelf I just grabbed it. My thought pattern was “Well… she reads the synopsis before picking up books, so if she checked it out it must not be bad!” Honestly, guys. That’s how it was.

Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it
The Loop is sort of Groundhogs Day reminiscent. Ben and Maggie have been in the same time loop over and over again experiencing the same things and struggling to break free of fate. But fate has other things in store for them and breaking free is harder than it sounds.

We meet Ben after this loop has been occurring for some time. This is the first that he's able to realize what's going on though, or at least that's how we see it because if he realized things before, he forgot it before this day s
Emily (Falling for YA)
The Loop follows Ben and Maggie who are stuck in a time loop which means that they relive the same two days over and over again. Each time they relive the loop they die in the storage room of a Walgreens. Interesting premise right? Unfortunately, there was a disconnect between the interesting premise and the execution of the story.

The Loop started off intensely. Ben is going to his favorite New Orleans district and while at the mall he runs in to a girl who drags him all over, shoots a guy, and
E. Anderson
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing action story! I think YA could use more of these funny, flirty action books. I know Joe Schrieber filled that niche well with AU REVOIR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK. And now we've got THE LOOP, a debut novel from Shandy Lawson, which I've come to think of as NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST meets Groundhog Day with more violence and less kissing.

Yep, it's that good.

THE LOOP is a true page-turner. The kind of book that, even though I was completely exhausted, I had to keep reading, one eye
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