The Retake (Hardcover)
November 2020 Indie Next List
“If you had an app on your phone that could change the future, would you use it? That’s exactly what Zoe does. But can anyone really change the future, and would you really want to? When the first day of junior high arrives and Zoe realizes she’s losing her best friend, the app is clicked!”
— Judith Lafitte, Octavia Books, New Orleans, LA
“A book about a time-traveling app? I’m in! Jen Calonita strikes again with a coming-of-age middle grade full of wit and a little bit of magic. “ —Sarah Mlynowski, New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After and Upside Down Magic series
"A brilliant friendship story that champions kindness, resilience and the courage to challenge long held expectations - both of others and of yourself." --Lauren Myracle, co-author of the New York Times best-selling Upside-Down Magic series
You can retake your photos...but what if could redo moments in your life too? With one magical app, Zoe is able to do just that! A smart and funny twist on time travel from New York Times bestselling author Jen Calonita, for fans for Disney's Zapped and The Swap.
Zoe knows that the only thing harder than middle school is losing a best friend. She and Laura used to do everything together from taking silly selfies, to joining all the same clubs together and even throwing surprise birthday parties for one another.
But lately things have been weird between them. Now Laura will post a photo of her hanging out with other girls before responding to Zoe's simple text. She doesn't even want to sit with her at lunch anymore. Zoe is heartbroken--all she wants is for things to go back to normal.
But then a magical app downloads on her phone...and things get even weirder! Suddenly Zoe can travel back in time to moments where her and Laura started drifting apart. It is like a dream come true. A chance for Zoe to mend their friendship.
But as Zoe goes back to moments of middle school drama--sleepover games gone wrong, field trips with cliques and crushes, and school projects that bring on more-than-awkward encounters--she realizes that second chances don't always go as planned and that sometimes you need to trust the magic of new beginnings.
The Retake is a picture-perfect look at tween friendship, that also explores more serious themes of social media pressure, bullying and what it means to be yourself.
"Jen Calonita puts a magical spin on all-to-real middle school drama. Warm, witty and wise, The Retakeis for anyone who has broken up with a best friend and wished they could go back to the way it used to be."—Megan McCaferty, author of True to Your Selfie and Jessica Darling’s It List series
"As addictive as your favorite app, you won't be able to put it down." - Stacy McAnulty, the author of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
About the Author
Jen Calonita is an author of the New York Times bestselling series, A Twisted Tale. She is also the author of the award-winning of the Fairy Tale Reform School series and Secrets of My Hollywood Life. She lives in New York with her husband, two boys, and two fesity chihuahuas. If Jen could use an app to retake any moment, she'd stop herself from getting that perm in eigth grade. Visit her online at: www.jencalonitaonline.com and Twitter @jencalonita.
“While the notion of traveling back in time to repair the present isn’t new to middle-grade fiction, many readers will empathize with Zoe’s determination to succeed and her mishaps along the way, while sharing her confusion over the overlapping, conflicting memories that she has created.” —Booklist
“A book about a time-traveling app? I’m in! Jen Calonita strikes again with a coming-of-age middle grade full of wit and a little bit of magic." —Sarah Mlynowski, New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After and Upside Down Magic series
"A brilliant friendship story that champions kindness, resilience and the courage to challenge long-held expectations—both of others and of yourself." —Lauren Myracle, co-author of the New York Times bestselling Upside-Down Magic series
"Jen Calonita puts a magical spin on all-too-real middle school drama. Warm, witty and wise, The Retake is for anyone who has broken up with a best friend and wished they could go back to the way it used to be." —Megan McCafferty, author of True to Your Selfie and Jessica Darling’s It List series
"As addictive as your favorite app, you won't be able to put it down." —Stacy McAnulty, author of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
"The Retake offers a new filter on friendships, growing up, and sometimes growing apart. It's heartbreaking at times and yet so much fun! I wish I could have read it when I was navigating junior high.... Wait! Is there an app for that?" —Mari Mancusi, author of The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek
“A classic turn-back-time tale for the Instagram generation, readers won’t want to stop 'scrolling' through the pages.” —School Library Journal