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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 Speak
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
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.

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 production - even though she's never acted before. And maybe also meets a boy.

What I really loved about
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Lola
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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Shreya (☆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 pro
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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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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 the
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Yusra  ✨
Mar 31, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: on-hold
I’m not a theatre kid...
but I wish I was a theatre kid
so I’ll just satisfy my need
by reading a book about a theatre kid

:)
Lily ☁️
me, reading this book: [hoping that its inside matches its outside]


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Joshee Kun (조수아)
I know what it's like to watch the people you care about replace you and never look back. I've gone through it eight times now.

To be frank, I bought this book only because it was written by a real-life couple. The idea of creating a novel with a loved one appealed to the romantic in me, and I wanted to see how two intimate people could integrate their unique voices into a single point of view. Since co-authored, YA contemporaries are typically he-said-she-said in nature, this one is a black shee
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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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Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
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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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 c
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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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emi
I wish this book was 5/5 stars like the cover is, but I guess 3 stars will do.
Samhita Peechara {Multi Dreamer}⚔
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
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.
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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✶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
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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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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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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Caden Armstrong
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting. IT WAS INCREDIBLE! YOU SHOULD ALL READ THIS!
Chelsea
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like getting to see Megan and Owen as they were friends and see how they challenged each other to realize things about themselves. But holy hell is Megan so beyond childish. She abbreviates everything she does when she texts, flirts with any boy with legs that's a jock, and basically throws tantrums with her Dad over things she really should know to discuss since she's a senior in freaking high school. Overall I did enjoy the play aspect and like I said, Owen, so that made up for a lot ...more
Kristy Mauna
I really, really enjoyed this book. Honestly, I checked it out at my library because of that stunning cover. It reminded me of TATBILB and my heart has been yearning for something sweet and swoony, so I figured this was the perfect read for me! Glad I wasn't wrong! :)

"I'm not the girl in the center of the stage at the end of a love story. I'm the girl before, the girl guys date right before they find their true love."

Let's talk characters because they make or break a story for me.. And boy oh
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Dahlia
Devoured this in one shot today and utterly ADORED it. Strongly suspect this will be my fave YA rom com of the year - certainly top 3.
Clemlucian (&#x1f3f3;️‍&#x1f308;the brooding witch)
"I'm not the girl in the center of the stage at the end of a love story. I'm the girl before, the girl guys date right before they find their true love."

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⭐⭐⭐⭐ star-crossed stars.


Synopsis: Always Never Yours follow the story of Megan, a wannabe play director as she goes through boyfriend after boyfriend before said boyfriends find 'the one.' That is Until Megan is cast as Juliet, the main character on her school's play, which forces to step out of the shadow to embrace her life a
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mith
contemporaries have a way of surprising me. in which, i won't want to read one because i convince myself i hate the genre, but then i go and pick one up and, contrary to my belief, i end up really liking it.

i finished always never yours at nearly 6 AM. (it would have been sooner if i didn't convince myself i needed to sleep.)

i adored this book. i loved megan and i loved how she was never ashamed of being known as the class flirt, or being interested in boys. i love that, throughout the book, she
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Anushka gupta
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Always Never Yours is a perfect fusion of Shakespeare with modern contemporary. Both the authors (Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka) were high school sweethearts and wow! they created such a cutesy romance together.
Favourite quotes :
" He was my first because he was special- not special because he was my first."
"I'm not the girl in the center of the stage at the end of a love story. I'm the girl before, the girl guys date right before they find their true love. Every one of my relation
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Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“To hope one day I’ll be the one chosen and not just the girl before.”

This was a cute Romeo & Juliet inspired story that is unadashidly dramatic and flirty, which were two of my favorite things about the story. I loved that Megan’s radiant positive energy. She was such a happy person and easy to cheer for. But I didn’t really care for any of the other characters, and none of the romances really hooked me either. There were just so many little things that bugged me, or annoyed me, that I
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Cassie O. | Lost In Tomes
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary

This was adorable! I thought Megan was a refreshing personality for a female lead. She's flirty, sarcastic, and confident. So different from the usual shy, naive, don't-know-she's-beautiful types that are often cast as the MC in these these books. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, but still a refreshing change.) I enjoyed watching her grow and learn more about herself, her friends and what real love is like. Our male lead is Owen, he's a genuine good guy and excellent friend to Megan.
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Emily Wibberley grew up in Southern California, but instead of working on her nonexistent tan at the beach, she spent her time reading, making music and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Shortly after falling for her best friend, Austin Siegemund-Broka, she attended Princeton University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014 with a degree in Psychology. She and Austin now live and write YA co
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