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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Imagine having the power to turn back time. Not 100 years--just 10 seconds. Enough to take back those embarrassing missteps and wrong answers.
Elsa's mom died suddenly one year ago, but she appears one night to grant Elsa do-over power. Elsa thinks she dreamt it until she utters the words the next morning and watches her whole world rewind 10 seconds.
Elsa needs the do-ove
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published June 13th 2006 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 2006)
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Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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There have been many times in my life when I've said or done something so incredibly stupid that all I wish is that I could go back in time and do it differently. In my case, and most everyone else's, going back and fixing our mistakes isn't a possibility. For thirteen-year old, Elsa Alden, however, the same rules don't apply. Sure, her life isn't perfect; after all, her mother is still dead, her father is still moving her away to Harbin Springs, South Carolina
Mar 31, 2011 added it
Have you ever had an embarassing moment where you wish you could turn back time? Well Elsa has just the trick when her DEAD mom comes to give her a necklace that grants her do-over powers!
Elsa's mom died last year and it is hard for her to recover. The loss of her mom has greatly impacted her life. Then her dad gets a new job and they move in with her grandma to a new town. Elsa has to leave her best friend behind. . . and make some new ones. The first day of school was AWFUL for Elsa. But the
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Throughout my life I have done stuff that I would LOVE to redo!
In this book a girl name Elsa, goes through a tough time... in her new school. With girls like the Slice Girls! The even worse girls.. To be more specific Darcy, Carter, Jen and Jade! given a power by her Mom that had came to visit the night before. Her Mom said, I will give you this necklace to wear. Whenever you feel like you would like to redo something just say do-over. The whole world rewinds for 10 seconds! Her Mom al
Nov 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, middle-grade
I imagine that the pre-tween set will enjoy this book, since it has a cute premise and a nice message despite its lack of depth. Elsa is a seventh grader who's granted the power of being able to turn back time by 10 seconds, long enough to re-do a particular moment and make the impression she wants. Since she's just moved to a new school, she wants to fit in and be liked by the popular crowd, so she tailors her personality to their liking and, if they don't like something she's said or done, she ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty cute book. I will admit, it's been sitting on my shelf for a good 8 or so years. Today, a miserable rainy day with nothing better to do, I dusted it off and read it.

I will also admit, I probably would have enjoyed the book more if I had read it when I first received it, rather than waiting 8 years. However, the story line was cute and you couldn't help but love it. The main character was realistic and well - developed and used a dry humour that is similar to my own. The kids i
Kai Yi
May 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
have you ever though of someone who you love that have pass away but still help you? impossible right. elsa, a girl who her mom died a year ago, but one night she came back to her and gave her the "do-over" power. this help elsa get out of embarrassing moments and get revenge on people. this will make elsa be one of the "popular" kids at school like the slice girls, but they will be just using her, for their own benefit

will her new power help her or bring her into trouble. having something that
Jan 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: girls with dreams
Shelves: reading-of-07-08
Elsa always thought of herself as any ordinary girl. But to her surprise, she had the gift of do-over by repeating the words a few times. She couldn't go back in the years but just a few seconds. However, Elsa didn't always have this power, she found out through a dream from her dead mother and the gold locket that kept appearing. Elsa had the time to make every embarrassing moment go away. This was her chance to make her life perfect.
Oct 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: advisory
Elsa's mom just died, so she and her dad moved to a new town. There, she found her mom's spirit in her room. Her mom gave her the power to rewind ten seconds of what just happened un her life. Elsa uses the power to make her reputation in school as a smart girl. She got what she wants but she did not get any friends, instead she became the most unpoplar person in school?
Loubna El
May 18, 2009 added it
Recommends it for: Girls
Do-Over is an awesome book. I enjoyed this book. What I liked most about the book was the plot, I never read anything that was like this. What I liked about the authors style of writing is that it's very chill.This book made me think differently about divorced parents and how the child feels.
Apr 05, 2012 added it
The book was very good but, I think the writing lacked something. I still can't believe she told Martin about the do-overs. I am pretty sure Martin likes Elsa. My favorite quote in the boom was, "Believe it or not, as wondrously brilliant and mature you are, you're still learning, too."
Nov 10, 2009 rated it liked it
I really like this book so far. It is one of those chiche books where the main character is a pathetic geek with popular girls, but it really has a twist with the do over thing. :)
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have been looking for this book to reread for years. I really enjoyed it. It's simple but a good read, especially for a pre-teen
Nov 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
if only this book was reality...
Carol Hahn
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Light, humorous book about being a seventh grader and the drama of everyday life in junior high.
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was the best book I have ever read :D
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