Opposite of Always

Opposite of Always

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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. But then 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. 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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Katherine Tegen Books,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062748379
Branch Call Number: FIC Reyno
Characteristics: 457 pages


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SPPL_TKBTeenChoice Jun 26, 2019

From TKB Teen Stella: The most compelling aspect of the book was definitely the time travel. I loved watching Jack go back in time, every time bringing him a little father away from his real life. I was disappointed, however, with the characters in the book, I just don’t think they were very well developed, and there could have been more backstory at the beginning.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jun 17, 2019

Considering the many great reviews this book has received, I was expecting to love this one. Instead I merely liked it. I really loved Jack, the main character, and I loved the diverse cast of supporting characters, and this book is really, really funny, but I also think it has some issues. The time travel loop thing Jack is stuck in doesn't make much sense, in my opinion (I know it's time travel! I just need it to be a bit more logical!), and his increasingly desperate behavior really requires the reader to buy into his relationship with Kate, in a way that I couldn't quite manage. I also found the measures he was willing to go to to save her so troubling as to really impact my enjoyment of the book. I think Justin A. Reynolds is a skilled writer and I'll look forward to reading more from him, and I totally understand why people love this so much -- but it didn't quite all come together for me.

Tigard_HollyCP Apr 06, 2019

My favorite book I’ve read so far this year. High school senior Jack Ellison and his best friend of many years, Jillian, are visiting the college they will attend next year. Jack sits on some pee-stained stairs pining for her and envying his other best friend, Franny, who also happens to be dating her. “Excuse me, man, but you’re sort of damming up the steps.” And there the story truly begins. And begins again. And begins again. The source of that voice is Kate. And Jack’s life will never be the same with her now in it. This tale of friendship, romance, family, grief, making things right, and yes, time travel (!) will keep you turning pages. It’s not very often I read a YA book whose protagonist has such a supportive family and positive outlook on life without it seeming unauthentic or cheesy (although believe me, there is plenty of “cheese” in this book). And on top of that, it’s an #ownvoices book.

Chapel_Hill_KarinM Mar 29, 2019

All the heart eyes for this book, which is a love story, and a sad story, and a story with an unusual plot structure (a la Groundhog Day). Super-romantic, and funny, and diverse (#ownvoices). Loved it.


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Tigard_HollyCP Apr 06, 2019

Only I'm learning that sometimes it's not what you say that matters most. Or not even what you *don't* say. Those things are cool, helpful even. But it's about doing. Do something. Do anything. Do what you can and then when it feels like you've done all you could, do more.

Tigard_HollyCP Apr 06, 2019

"There's a beaver-colony-level gnawing happening in my stomach that I can't shake. It's as though my stomach is made of the most tender *whatever wood that beavers love most*. The choicest wood that male beavers send to the female beavers of their affection. And these beavers are going to town in my stomach, because they haven't seen this amount of sweet-ass lumber in a long time and they are taking full advantage of this new haul before it disappears." I think that's the best description of anxiety I have ever heard in my life! And if you don't fall in love with Justin A. Reynolds because of the rest of his writing, this quote just might do it.

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