The Opposite of Always || Time Travel Romance

 

Title: Opposite of Always
Author: Justin A. Reynolds
Page Count: 464 pages
Genre: Contemporary // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo

 

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

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.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

I’m not sure how I feel about this one! On the one hand I liked it but on the other hand I feel as though I was mislead with that first chapter. I was expecting it to continue with a sci-fi contemporary feel but it switched to contemporary completely and that shift kind of frustrated me. But then! It switched back to a sci-fi feel with the time travel. 
 
I’m definitely in the middle for this one. I wasn’t a huge fan of the main character but he grew on me. I also found the whole “in love with my best friend who is dating my best friend” angle frustrating. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for this one? Also the dialogue… what 17 year old has that kind of banter? Maybe I’m getting too old.. gasp!
 
Perhaps this just wasn’t for me. But everyone else I know who has read it has loved it. So just count me the outlier and go read the book.
 
**Thank you HCC Frenzy for sending the ARC my way in exchange for an honest review.**

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