Replay by Ken Grimwood

So Whats it About?

So What Happens?

Jeff Winston was 43 and trapped in a tepid marriage and a dead-end job, waiting for that time when he could be truly happy, when he died.

And when he woke and he was 18 again, with all his memories of the next 25 years intact. He could live his life again, avoiding the mistakes, making money from his knowledge of the future, seeking happiness.

Until he dies at 43 and wakes up back in college again..


Ken Grimwood has a very matter of fact style of writing which can at times feel a little harsh, couple that with the fact that there aren’t too many comedic relief moments make Replay somewhat of a heavy read. With that said I think that the style breathed extra life into the main character Jeff Winston, each life further along Jeff’s journey also adds another layer to his persona which makes for a very impressive character evolution

The most incredible thing about this book is how it forces you to question yourself, what would I do in this situation? Would I have done this differently? It really feels like every chapter poses more and more questions to ask yourself. I absolutely loved this about Replay. The time travel genre typically does tend to provoke such thoughts but none quite as often and deep as Replay.


“All life includes loss. It’s taken me many, many years to learn to deal with that, and I don’t expect I’ll ever be fully resigned to it. But that doesn’t mean we have to turn away from the world, or stop striving for the best that we can do and be. We owe that much to ourselves, at least, and we deserve whatever measure of good may come of it.”

Rating- 70/100

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