Book Review: Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Hello everyone! First book review of August! Woo Hoo! I am so excited to be reviewing this book for you guys because honestly, this was an amazing read. Definitely one of my favorites of 2019. I’d say it’s a must read 2019 book.. so you guys are going to definitely want to check this one out. Let’s get on with the book review!

Opposite of Always

Title: Opposite of Always

Author: Justin A. Reynolds

Pages: 473

Format: hardcover

Genre: young adult, contemporary, sci-fi (time travel)

Publication Date: March 5, 2019


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.

  • Time travel- I have never read a YA contemporary with a time-travel element in it, and honestly I was a little iffy about it at first, but oh my god I absolutely loved this in the book. Did it make a whole lot of sense how it happened? No. I have ideas but I don’t want to spoil it for you, so I’ll just leave it for myself. But back to the point, yeah no the time travel was awesome and I kind of want to read more YA with time-travel in it.
  • The relationship– Jack and Kate’s relationship was just amazing. It was clear they were simply ‘meant to be’. Both characters had such amazing personalities and it was so fun to keep reading them go through their relationship.
  • The writing/pacing– I thought the writing was absolutely fantastic. I don’t know why this book isn’t being as hyped like it should be! The writing is amazing. You’d think repeating the same story 5 times would be horrible at first, but each story was a little different and it was just perfect! Everything was amazing.
  • The humor– It was hilarious at times. There were times where I felt so much heartbreak for Jack, but he was so funny and awkward and just really enjoyable. There were many funny moments, but funny the right kind of way.
  • The parents– The only thing I kind of didn’t enjoy in this book were Jack’s parents. I wrote down a quote from the book that seriously stuck with me… ‘people always say they’re happy that you’re happy until they’re afraid that maybe your happiness is affecting their happiness. I mean, what a beautiful yet gut wrenching quote from this book I just HAD to write down. His parents wanted him to be happy, yet become disappointed with him when he misses being able to come home and put away a lawn mower? Really? I just thought they were kind of bitter towards his happiness, just my opinion.

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