Opposite of always by Justin A Reynolds
Format: ARC provided by Harper Collins Canada
Release date: March 5th
Top 3 Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Coming of Age
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hey guys! I’m still (strangely) on a romance spree and I could not wait to pick up Opposite of Always (that just came out on the 5th of March), a romance presented as sweet and heartbreaking while portraying people of color as main characters (which still need to happen more)!
Jack Ellison King. King of Almost.
He almost made valedictorian.
He almost made varsity.
He almost got the girl . . .
When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. Jack’s curse of almost is finally over.
But this love story is . . . complicated. It is an almost happily ever after. Because Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Beautiful, radiant Kate. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do—and let go—to save the people he loves.
Meet Jack and Kate
Jack is the King of Almost (he says so himself), he tries things but never sticks to them. He is not bad at anything, but he is not incredible in anything either. He has two best friends, pretty great parents, and a good future ahead. His only problem? He is in love with his girl best friend… but she is already taken! That is, of course, until he meets Kate at a party and BAM FIREWORKS, she is the love of his life. They have an instant match. And something new and beautiful and exciting starts for him. A relationship with Kate. Problem is… Kate is very sick. And she dies. Don’t worry, that is not where the story ends for our young lovers. Because Jack is sent back in time, to the day they first met (Groundhog day style), and have a chance to start over with her, to change the past, to try to save her. But it is not as easy as it seems, and changing one little thing can mean changing everything, including all the relationships in his life! Can Jack figure it out? How many times will he lose Kate? Can he truly save her? Every time, we hope and fear with him. Until the last one…
This book is a Teen romance, 100%. It has all the intense emotions, and Jack loves like teenagers do: immediately, desperately and forever. And it’s hard to stay out of it.. actually impossible. I was crying by a third of the book because we get so much into their love story, and into how impossible it is. We see Jack trying everything and anything, putting himself into trouble because he forgets there are other things and people than Kate in his life. Teen love is impossible to resist!
In a few words
This was a sweet and beautiful Teen romance, I was not sure at all how it would end, or even if it would end happily. And in the end, I thought the resolution was a bit flat compared to all the feelings I had through the book. Jack was a great character, and his best friends and family added some material to the story. As for Kate, even if we see her die way too much, she was a pretty great young woman! A perfect romance for teens and people who want to remember what first love feels like!
See you for a cup,