The Déjà Glitch: A Novel (Paperback)
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To break out of a 24-hour time loop, all Jack needs is for Gemma to fall in love with him in a single day. All Gemma needs is to remember him first . . .
Gemma Peters is doing fine. She’s making a name for herself in the L.A. music biz as a radio producer. She’s got a ride-or-die best friend in Lila, and she gets to come home to Rex, her loving Labrador, every night. But ever since her rock star ex-boyfriend used her to get a record deal from her rock legend dad, she’s made a “no musicians” rule when it comes to dating that’s becoming more like a “no dating” rule, period.
So, when Gemma crashes (literally) into Jack one Thursday morning, at first she feels like fate might finally be doing her a favor. After all this guy is cute and, wait, is she imagining it, or is he staring a little too deeply into her eyes? And how does he know her name? Even harder to explain is the funny feeling of déjà vu she gets every time she looks at him. It’s not at all like Gemma to kiss a man and forget him completely, so then how can she explain the dreamlike memory of his lips on hers?
The truth is this is no ordinary Thursday. Not for them. In fact, they’ve lived this day over and over for months. And while Gemma has been totally oblivious to the time loop, Jack has been agonizingly aware of every single iteration. Luckily, Jack has a theory to bring his own personal Groundhog Day to an end. And it’s simple. Before the day is over, he just has to get Gemma to fall in love with him.
About the Author
Holly James holds a PhD in psychology and has worked in both academia and the tech industry. She loves telling stories with big hearts and a touch of magic. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and dog. Her debut, Nothing But the Truth, was published in 2022.
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Praise for The Deja Glitch
"If Love, Actually and Groundhog Day had a child, it would be this sweet rom-com of a novel about how moving forward sometimes means starting over and over again until you get it right.”—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"What an inventive take on a time loop! If you've ever wondered, but what about the person who doesn't know they're in a time loop and needs to be convinced?, then Holly James' The Deja Glitch is the book for you. Jack's devotion to Gemma melted my heart, and I was rooting for him to get through to her in time to get them unstuck. It's not insta-love—t's the universe giving you as many do-overs as you need to recognize your soulmate when he's standing right in front of your face."—Alicia Thompson, nationally bestselling author of Love in the Time of Serial Killers
“I was instantly hooked by Holly James’s unique subversion of the time loop trope. Gemma and Jack’s whirlwind twenty-four-hour love story had me rooting for them from the beginning, and truly believing in them by the end. The perfect summer read!”—Ava Wilder, author of How to Fake it in Hollywood
"A fun, fresh take on the time-loop trope, Holly James takes us on a whirlwind 24-hour journey with loveable characters we root for. This is a romance readers will not be able to put down."—Annette Christie, author of The Rehearsals and For Twice in My Life
"Deja Glitch is a triumphly charming novel that will delight readers with its Groundhog Day-esque antics. Trust us, this is one day you'll enjoy re-living again and again!"—Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of Forever Hold Your Peace
“I absolutely adored this sweet, frothy confection of a book, with its clever spin on the time loop story and full cast of lovable characters. James is an expert at weaving together romance, humor, and journeys of self-empowerment, all within sun-soaked California settings sparkling with light magic. The Deja Glitch performs a magic trick of its own: read it and experience instant joy.”—Ashley Winstead, author of The Boyfriend Candidate
"Holly James's sophomore novel is an utterly charming romantic comedy that made me believe in time loops, magic, and second (make that one hundred and forty seventh) chances. With a unique twist on the time loop trope, The Deja Glitch is ripe with swoony romance, enviable platonic friendships, and emotional vulnerability. My cheeks ache from smiling so hard. An absolute gem of a book!"—Meredith Schorr, author of As Seen on TV
"James combines humor and heart in this sparkling story of love and friendship that is sure to enchant fans of Emily Henry and Rebecca Serle. Likable characters and a charming, funny premise elevate James’ latest above the crowded pack of contemporary rom-coms."—Booklist
"James does a laudable job emphasizing Jack’s desperation and adoration, the sparks that fly between him and Gemma, and the way they make each other’s lives better....Readable and sweet."—Kirkus
"With this cleverly constructed romance, James puts a fresh spin on the concept of a time loop.... This is a cute romp."—Publishers Weekly
"Readers will love getting stuck in James’s uniquely sweet and heartfelt love story."—Library Journal
"Holly James’ The Déjà Glitch is the kind of romance I love: two likable characters, a compelling storyline, and the sort of happy-ever-after that makes you believe anything is possible.... With a swoon-worthy hero and some sparkling chemistry, James delivers in The Déjà Glitch a “Groundhog Day”-style tale that’s fresh and fun."—Washington Review of Books