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Shouldn't a girl get to star in her own love story?

Seventeen-year-old Megan Harper is about due for her next sweeping romance. It's inevitable—each of her relationships starts with the perfect guy and ends with him falling in love . . . with someone else. But instead of feeling sorry for herself, Megan focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theater, and fulfilling h
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by PenguinBooks
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
4 1/2 stars. This is such a deeply cute book that I screamed for 300 hours. Theater romance ft. cute play tropes ft. great characters ft. being totally, utterly bingeable, but also a really nice dissection of the feeling of being totally in the background.

Megan is the forgotten supporting character in her life, the Rosalind to everyone else’s Romeo and Juliet. Instead of romance, she focuses on directing theatre. But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as Juliet in her high school’s produ
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Cristina Monica
Am I crazy, or does the model on the cover look Chinese? Granted, we only see her back, but the only reason why I requested this book was because I was looking forward to a YA romance with an Asian heroine that would be more readable than Emergency Contact.

Ah, to have expectations.

Turns out, Megan is... not Asian. In hindsight, I should have known. Then again, we usually see what we want to see. Still, there is diversity… like, one black gay secondary character and an Italian girlfriend who is
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High Lady of The Night Court
To hope one day I’ll be the one chosen and not just the girl before.

This is the kind if book you want to curl up with on a comfortable couch and never stop reading. It is really quite amazing, the blurb made the book out to be about a girl who’s relationships end and her boyfriends finding their ‘true love’, but I loved that the protagonist was not overly sorrowful about it but chooses to make peace with it and have fun. She has a great vibrant personality and I feel like she’s the perfect p
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Melanie
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this was so perfect for me! I truly think that this writing duo is my favorite in all of contemporary! Their books are just so heartwarming, yet realistic, and also discuss important themes! Love can be so very messy, and families can be so very messy, but unconditional love is powerful enough to overcome any messiness. Also, the Shakespeare backdrop of the story was utterly amazing, too. And you all know I love hearing the voice of characters that went unheard, like Rosaline. Megan and Owen ...more
emma
HEY. YOU. LOOK AT THIS COVER. DO YOU SEE HOW CUTE THIS COVER IS? LOOOOOOOK ATTTTTT ITTTTTT.

okay, now that we've talked about the most important thing.

as we allll know (because i cannot shut up about it), pretty much the only genre i read in the summertime is contemporary. like, don't get me wrong: i'm constantly reading contemporary. and constantly rating it really harshly. but that's a topic for another day. in the summer it's a whole new ball game: it's like the only thing i'm even CAPABLE OF
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jessica
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
newly washed sheets. puppy cuddles. sunshine. freshly baked cookies. a hug from someone you love.

if you took all those feelings and put them into book form, it would be this book. this book was so pure and wholesome and too good for this world. and lets take a moment to appreciate that this was written by two high school sweethearts?! how precious is that?? emily and austin were able to capture a cute contemporary romance that is reminiscent of nicola yoon and jennifer niven. but what i was most
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay, I'm officially obsessed with Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka. THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN. I could have done with a little less cheating, but overall I really loved this and I cannot wait to read more!
may ❀
hardcore skimming after 60%

. . . . . im still at a loss for what the purpose of this book is??

dont get me wrong, i really appreciated the mc's outlook on herself and her relationships.

shes not the 'im ugly but everyone things im pretty mary-sue' type protagonist. she's not ashamed of who she is and shes confident and yas girl own ittttt. that was really refreshing to see.

but. . . . .i just don't understand why we need over 300 pages for no plot and multiple love triangles to occur. even th
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Warda
Feb 27, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-reads
DNF’d at page 181.
Halfway through and I’m STILL not interested.

Keeping the 2020 book mood going: stopping when my heart isn’t feeling a story.
✨ A ✨
*sigh* I thought I was going to love this like I loved If I'm Being Honest. Alas, it was not meant to be. Review to come

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The month of Feb and all it's cuteness is clearly getting to me
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Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
This was a humorous and cute read that I actually felt was somewhat reflective of the 'typical' (what is typical really though) teenage experience. It had the unrequited love, the awkwardness of being a teenager, the friend-to-lovers, and the drama (both in friendship and in romance).

I knew from the start that this was going to be a funny novel but I didn't expect the literal laughing out loud moments. For instance, the conversation about "sausage pizza" had me laughing to the point of being clo
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sam ☆
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Definitely all the stars. This book had me grinning and gushing right from the beginning and I didn't want the story to end. I love the characters and how Megan's self discovery is portrayed in the book. It was beautiful and is something everyone shoul read about. The writing was beautiful and I love the Shakespearean concept and twist the story has and it made me love the book even more if that's possible. Definitely a contemporary to add to your tbr. Also did I mention that there are Harry Pot ...more
Fafa's Book Corner
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner!

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger warning: Cheating, slut-shaming, mention of parental abandonment, mention of divorce, and aftereffects of divorce. 

Always Never Yours was really hard to miss. Back in December 2017 it was everywhere. I was pulled in because of the synopsis and cover. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it!

Megan is always the girl before. Over her high school years she's come to terms with that. After all her best friend Madeleine is dating her ex-b
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Elizabeth
I'M BORED.

Yes, it's great that this book doesn't shy away from teen sex and relationships, and nobody is slut-shamed for flirting or having hook-ups but GOD it sure is dry. Serious lack of plot here other than Meghan is boy crazy but also wants to go to theatre school for directing and has to complete an acting credit in order to do that.

I also was really put off by the way Meghan was forced to play Juliet in order to receive her credit. There's a scene that takes place in a bed directly after s
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Jillian
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book is SO SO SO cute. UGGGHHHH i loved it.
i had a feeling i was going to love this so when the authors were giving this one away at yallwest I stalked the booth for an entire hour to get it and i do not regret it because THIS BOOK WAS ADORABLE OMG.
characters were super realistic. dialogue and inner thoughts were realistic and funny.
also megan is one of my favorite characters ever. SHE IS GREAT.
THE ROMANCE Y'ALL. slow burn friendship to romance. honestly this book is filled with lots of r
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✶Rachelle✶
2 stars


This book wasn’t for me. The MC was irritating, and I didn’t agree with certain aspects of the story.

At least the cover is adorable <3
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emi
I wish this book was 5/5 stars like the cover is, but I guess 3 stars will do.
Taylor
“It started when I was eleven. I’d just proclaimed to Lucy Regis my undying love for Ryan Reynolds with the intention to marry him. The next day we found out he’d married Blake Lively.”

Enter Megan Harper: The class flirt and go-to director for all things thespian at Stillmont High. Megan’s not your average boy-crazed senior though. I mean, yes, she’s kind of a horndog who’s constantly jumping from one relationship to the next, but it’s not her fault. You see, Megan’s love life is pretty much
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Iris
This was so CUTE!! It was theatre-y, and romance-y, and sweet.

I loved the characters! Megan (please tell me that was her name!) was a really likeable protagonist, but she was also quite flawed, so she felt real.

Owen was great too! He was so sweet.

And the ROMANCE! It was soooo cute, and I shipped it so hard!

The side characters (and the side romance!!) were great too!

Plus I always love reading about theatre!

My ONE complaint was Megan's attitude towards her acting.
She CLEARLY didn't want a big rol
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Khadidja
Jun 24, 2018 marked it as on-hold
Shelves: dnf
DNF AT 50%

You know what, i don't give a shit about you megan. I don't give a shit about all your exs finding "true love" right after you, about your whole Rosaline-Juliet shit and about you not doing shit about it.


I just feel so mad and if i offended you by this crappy review then be my guest and ignore it.
Romie
Think about something extremely soft, add some extra softness to it, and you get this book.

“You’re irreplaceable. To your family, to your friends—to me.”

I loved Megan. I think it’s important to acknowledge that sometimes, yes, she does things without thinking, but it doesn’t make her unloveable. I loved her because she’s so unique, she has a mind of her own, she’s extremely different from some of the characters I’m used to read about. I really appreciated that. But I also liked her storyline: th
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Mila
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think the main reason I enjoyed this book a lot is that it's not defined by its genre. Don't get me wrong, it is a very cute and wholesome YA romance; but I've also got from it a commentary on slut-shaming and other horrible tropes surrounding young girls.

Our main heroine Megan has been in quite a few relationships and she's also known as the "flirty one" at her school. And it was interesting to see how people actually treated her and made assumptions about her feelings/personality just based
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Hollis
I definitely appreciated the sex-positivity and little to no slut shaming, though there was plenty of comments regarding amount/frequency/duration of relationships, and there was some other good stuff, too, but honestly I'd give this one a miss and skip right over to IF I'M BEING HONEST.
Susana
This review contains spoilers.


2 stars


This book is about:

A seventeen-year-old girl named Megan who is known for being flirty and having had many boyfriends throughout her teenage years. Unfortunately for her, there seems to be a pattern: she is always the girl who her ex-boyfriends date before they find the one.

For that reason, she decides that, in her senior year, she is going to focus on her passion for theatre, more particularly, directing. However, when she is cast to play as Juliet for h
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Amélie Boucher
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was so different from what I was expecting, but I loved this so much!

I was a bit taken aback at first because the story took a different turn that I hadn't anticipated. Our main character Megan is not your typical YA girl. She's loud, obnoxious, and confident, which I feel we don't really get in YA novels in general. Even our love interest stood out because he wasn't what we typically get in YA. Owen seemed to hold the role that is normally played by YA heroines, with him being shy and arti
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Fatma
3.5 stars

WTF THIS WAS SO CUTE

Easily one of the best contemporaries I've read this year. I don't know what to tell y'all, I just loved this a whole lot. I mean, I started this book at 10:30PM and finished it at 5:30AM. In one sitting. My questionable decisions speak for themselves.

When you read a lot—and I mean a lot—of YA contemporaries, you quickly become able to tell if the contemporary you're reading is just another disappointingly average story or if it's an actual standout. And like 20 pag
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Aminah Safi
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My god could I have used a heroine like Megan growing up. A girl who knows her own mind and goes for what she wants. One who bravados her way through any situation she's not sure how to handle. Anyone else remember what it is to be equal parts brash and afraid? Willing to bet the ranch on a wink and a smile?

Maybe that's just me.

I love brazen girls and I love my heroines a little bit reckless. I also am partial to Megan because I think she and Lulu would be great friends.

Plus, there are some rea
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Cindy ✩☽♔
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was so delectable; I binged it in one sitting.

So every once in the while I take a break from my usual YA fantasy/Sci-Fi trend and read some contemporary. And this is certainly a delightful breath of fresh air.

That's not to say this is the most original thing I've ever read. It's not, but it delivered in a such a way that I was never bored.

*Full review to come*
ila ✨
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read
[actual rating: 4.5 stars] i really enjoyed Always Never Yours. i was hoping it would be the perfect feel-good summer read (okay, i know that technically it's not summer yet, but it's starting to feel like it), and it definitely did not disappoint, i got exactly what i was looking for. this book goes straight to the "will re-read when sad" shelf; while it wasn't perfect (i had some REALLY minor issues with it), it was a really cute, fun and entertaining read—even heartwarming, at times—so it was ...more
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