Book Review: ‘Replay’ by Ken Grimwood

Will I ever get the time spent back again? Will I have my own chance at a replay?

Book Cover Replay by Ken GrimwoodRating: 2.5

The Low Down: Jeff Winston is stuck in a middling job and a stale marriage. At 43, it soon gets worse: he suffers a fatal heart attack just as his wife says: “We need…” What? Now he’ll never know. But wait – how is it that he’s still thinking, still wondering what his wife was going to say? Did he not die after all? Even weirder: Jeff seems to be somewhere familiar…then, his roommate from college bursts in. Just like it was 1963. Which, strangely enough, it was. Again.

What would you do if you had the chance to do it all over? If you knew everything you know now? Would you invest in the right companies, bet on the big games, races, contests?  Would you travel more, find someone else to marry, take better care of yourself?

What if you found someone else who was going through the same thing as you?

Best Thang ‘Bout It: It was fun to wonder about what you would do if you got to relive your life knowing what you know now.

I’m Cranky Because: How do I put this? This book felt like a book from the 70s – you know, the ”find myself” generation + the 80s “self-help” craze. From the movie one of the characters writes that is supposed to transform humanity to the hippie/est/navel-gazing generation that was going to change the world from the inside out, it was one long yaaaawn. Honestly, I didn’t care if Jeff ever discovered why his life kept repeating or whether he found inner peace. I didn’t connect at all with anyone in the story.

This book is super serious with no humor. I was hoping for something along the lines of Peggy Sue Got Married but got a cross between Jonathan Livingston Seagull and a history lesson.

The Bottom Line: If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t.

Replay by Ken Grimwood was published January 1987 by Arbor House Pub Co. Ink and Page purchased this book, so no one had a choice about whether it was reviewed. I read the Harper Collins paperback edition.

Genre: Adult Science Fiction
Ages: Adult

Other Reviews:
Requires That You Hate (beware: strong language)
Steven Silver’s Reviews
Unreality Shout: 7 of 10 Stars (@unrealityshout)

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: ‘Replay’ by Ken Grimwood”

    1. Yeah…if two of my favorite readers hadn’t recommended it, I wouldn’t have read it. Heck, I wouldn’t have even heard of it. Oh well – live and learn.

      I am embarrassed to say that I tweeted him before that I was going to read his book…then found out he had passed away before Twitter was invented. Major fail. Unless…

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