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Opposite of Always

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  35 reviews
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.
Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Expected publication: March 12th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Justin A Reynolds In a word, heartache. I was coping with the loss of my best friend and still grieving an aunt who'd passed far too soon, and I was struggling with…moreIn a word, heartache. I was coping with the loss of my best friend and still grieving an aunt who'd passed far too soon, and I was struggling with their absence. I couldn't wrap my brain around a world without either of them. But they were such vibrant, happy, often hilarious people. And so this story became a celebration of life, a way to embrace their memories, and travel back in time.(less)

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Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

Thank you Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for sending a review copy in exchange for an honest review

"Remember me, remember us, as a time of day."

Okay, I haven't read many contemporaries but oh my goodness you have no idea how much I loved this!!

Jack Ellison King is absolutely my favorite character in this entire book. More than anyone else. The sweetest most brilliant person to ever exist. He was funny, lovable, caring and just downright amazing.

Now I probably should move on before I write
Oct 27, 2018 marked it as anticipating
Shelves: 2019-release
O Williams
Jun 26, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Do you mean to tell me that this author has written a contemporary YA romance sci-fi novel featuring black main characters AND hosting those beautiful black characters on the cover? SO MUCH YESSSS
Tucker (The Library Reader)
*4.5 Stars
Well, it's almost midnight but I did it. I finished it. Oh my gosh, you guys it was so amazing! Full review to come
Jack doesn't have any plans for love. But then Kate steps into his life. Over the span of six months, Jack & Kate fall in love. Then Kate dies. Jack is suddenly shot back in time to the day he met Kate. Every choice he makes has a different outcome. If he saves Kate, he Will be able to escape the loop. Will he be able to? Find out March 20
Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword
First 2019 release I am waiting for, but who can blame me? LOOK AT THAT CUTE COVER! And that synopsis! And it's contemporary! I NEED THIS.
Justin A Reynolds
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I heard this was good, but I know the author (we hang out in the same coffee shops!!) so I don't think you should take my review seriously. I guess just read it?
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Jul 02, 2018 marked it as releases-2019
Shelves: coverporn
it's like groundhog day, except with death, and I'll probably be broken by the end of it all
Jun 25, 2018 marked it as anti-library
Shelves: arcs
I was ready to read it because of the amazingly illustrated cover alone but then I found out there are time-loops in this which I'm incapable of resisting. Like this book 'follows a boy who falls in love with a girl and repeatedly loops back in time at the moment of her death, returning to the moment they first met.' She dies repeatedly? Thanks, can't wait to have my heart broken repeatedly
Kosoko Jackson
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is going to knock your socks off. I mean, look at the cover. And Justin's skill with words? Whew. You all are NOT ready. Mark this now. This is going to be THE BOOK of 2019.
Jul 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
Wow.. That synopsis, with that cover, I want it now.
full review also on my blog

ARC kindly provided by Katherine Tegen Books in exchange for an honest review.

I wish I could’ve loved this! It had a great message and made a lot of great social commentary, but it needed to be 100 pages less than it was. If there was some further editing condensing the plot – particularly the slow beginning – then I would’ve adored this. I’m excited for others to read this book and hopefully see themselves as the hero of a story for once. Which is definitely what
Jenny Chou
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had a chance to read a pre-ARC - more like a bound manuscript - of THE OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS & I have much to say, but 1st this: Justin Reynolds can write snappy dialogue that is laugh out loud funny & irresistibly adorable. You will be charmed! Longer review to follow.

UPDATE: Jack doesn’t believe time travel is real until he becomes caught up in a seemingly endless loop of meeting his girlfriend Kate for the first time - starting over and over the moment she dies. Doesn’t take long until
Kelli Gleiner
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was breathless a number of times when reading this book. We all want to save a friend, a lover, a family member and would do anything to do so.
Very well written, loved all of the characters, even when they were in their darker timelines.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I see Justin A. Reynolds’ name on a cover in the future, I can assure you I will pick up a copy of his book because he has excellent voice full of humor and thoughtfulness.

Opposite of Always was not always an easy book to read with the inevitable ending, but Jack had so much hope, and his hope was contagious. I found myself liking the repetition as it brought a familiarity to the story. And, I also liked the exploration of time travel and its relation to parallel universes (that was a real
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Remember me, remember us, as a time of day."

This book (well, ARC) was really very cute! Despite the copious amounts of heartbreak and the strange giddiness, and sometimes pure stupidity and/or selfishness, of first love, this book was surprisingly funny. Like, laugh out loud funny. Justin Reynolds has a real skill for funny banter and the conversations between just about everyone are full of humor, intentional or unintentional, subtle or overt, and I really enjoyed it. It helped to balance ou
~ Althea ~  ☾
Oct 27, 2018 marked it as priority-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I'm waiting for you
London Shah
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just finished OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS and wow, you aren't even ready❤💔😭😂. Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli fans especially, get ready for this very beautiful and very realistic debut❤😭! Jack King's story is movingly and hilariously told and I absolutely LOVE it🙌🏽. The heart-stopping emotions and laughs and joy are all aplenty. It's incredibly well written, with such a strong, authentic voice. Amazing stuff––looking forward to what Reynolds comes up with next! :) ...more
Natasha Diaz
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am prematurely giving this book 5 stars ++++ I am only 76 pages in, but Justin's command of voice is nothing short of incredible. OOA is an absolute joy to read and I cannot wait to turn the page every time I get to the bottom of the one before. This book is adorable and heartbreaking and perfect and I love it so. Get ready 2019, make way for Justin Reynolds.
I'm too excited. I'm rooting for this book. Let me live, okay.
Kayleigh Cyphus
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Opposite of Always is a little gem of a YA contemporary that is so brilliantly written and unique, with a host of characters who aren't perfect which makes them so real. I found this book impossible to put down, highly relatable and full of purpose. It's about living and how things can't always be how we want them to be and how every action can have an impact. 

This may be slightly controversial to say, but I do tend to struggle to get into books that I'm unable to relate to - such as teen books
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Ever have one of those books show up in your life that you're like, "HELL YEAH THIS BOOK IS GOING TO BE AWESOME" only to have it be marginally enjoyable? That's this book.

The good: Jack's voice (funny, snarky, loyal), his friendships (these are such believable friendships!), his parents (delightful), his mediocrity (I kind of love that he's decent at a lot of stuff but nothing that he's exceptional at).

The bad: the length (IS THIS BOOK OVER YET? I feel like I'm still reading it), the romance (
Kelly Coon
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I’m not a woman of few words, but I’m just so enamored with this book that my brain is refusing to function. Jack is my son and I will protect him with my life, and Franny is invited over immediately for dinner. Kate made me want to eat cereal in the gorges and then just spoil her rotten for the rest of her days and Jillian is on her way over to my house for a chat bc we need to talk.

Justin Reynolds has killed me with this early edition of his book. My heart is aching, my lungs
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
(advance galley provided by netgalley)

While the story had potential, the pacing was way off. The character has to re-live the same few months over and over, and the retellings get more and more rushed. It could have been an opportunity to learn more about the other characters, or talk more about the illness that is a main theme or...anything. Instead, it's told in a rushed 'I just want to get through this' way and that may be what the character felt, but as a reader, it's like why should i waste
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book! OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS was a roller coaster of emotions, making me both burst into tears and laugh out loud within the span of a few pages. The plot twists tore me apart, and the characters are so nuanced and full of heart--how I would love to be friends with them! And the romance. How it grows, evolving and evolving even when you think it has nowhere else to go. Just stellar. Another small but important note: I love that each friend has a different family situation, each with its own iss ...more
Bridget Masters
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had such high hopes for this book and in the end it largely delivered!! I love Jack and Kate (Titanic reference??) but I especially love Franny and Jillian. They were the ultimate best friends! The bond between Franny, Jillian, and Jack was also amazing, even though I found myself frustrated with some of Jack's choices. I was also really stressed that the repeating timeline thing would be annoying/boring/ugh but it actually worked for the most part because each timeline was pretty different. A ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Haven't read a good YA contemporary for a while now so I was pleasantly surprised with this funny, sometimes a bit tragic romance. I love the fast paced witty conversations between the main characters and how natural it seemed. Love the friendship between Jack, Franny and Jillian and just the overall journey of the book. Although the plotline of relieving the same time over and over again is nothing new, I just love how the author was able to spin this one with a few unique twists and turns. Lov ...more
Shawna (BacchusVines)
4/5 stars

I received an ARC of this thanks to YALLFEST. Opposite of Always is one of my most anticipated book debuts for 2019. And I sincerely love this book. My only fault with it is that times it becomes a bit redundant, but it is a book about time-travel.

Jack King deserves all and none of us.
Sep 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
You know when you read a book synopsis, and the synopsis makes you do a double-take? That's what this one did for me. Begging for an ARC. This sounds so... WOW. Can't wait.
Kristina Forest
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m so, so excited to read this book! *stares at calendar and waits impatiently for March 2019*
Maggie Mugford
rated it really liked it
Oct 26, 2018
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justin a. reynolds has been a pest control operator, night security guard, steel mill janitor, NASA intern, salesman of high-end faucet fixtures, and carpet-flooring installer. He was most recently a registered nurse, before trading his stethoscope for a pencil, but likes to think both instruments reveal the heart. He lives in northeast Ohio, home to snow, Lake Erie, and the Cavaliers.