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Time of Our Lives

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,483 ratings  ·  357 reviews
A boy desperate to hold on, a girl ready to let go.

Fitz Holton waits in fear for the day his single mother's early-onset Alzheimer's starts stealing her memory. He's vowed to stay close to home to care for her in the years to come--never mind the ridiculous college tour she's forcing him on to visit schools where he knows he'll never go. Juniper Ramirez is counting down th
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 21st 2020 by Viking Books For Young Readers
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Emily Wibberley This one isn't truly connected to Shakespeare, although we will always take inspiration from his plays (and obviously we're HUGE Much Ado fans!). …moreThis one isn't truly connected to Shakespeare, although we will always take inspiration from his plays (and obviously we're HUGE Much Ado fans!). (less)

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May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
i cant really put my finger on why i didnt enjoy this one as much as EW & ASBs other books. i think they are the most adorable couple ever and love the fact that they are high school sweethearts who write stories together.

that being said, something feels… missing. dont get me wrong - i love the idea of it. i enjoyed seeing both fitz and juniper go through their development both individually and together. i like the dynamic between their two characters and its easy to see how they offer each oth
Larry H
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Time of Our Lives , the newest novel from husband-and-wife writing duo Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, is a thought-provoking YA romance with surprising emotional depth.

“Do you think a guy who dreads forgetting the past and a girl who’s focused on the future could, you know, be friends?”

Juniper is immensely smart, driven, a total planner. The oldest child in a large, tight-knit family, she’s always the one people depend on, and she can’t wait to spread her wings and experience col
3 stars

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I love Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka's first two books. LOVED them. I couldn't wait to get my hands on Time of Our Lives. Though I liked this book, unfortunately it didn't hit the spot the same way the first two did, I just had trouble connecting. Overall it was a good read for me, it just wasn't great.

Juniper and Fitz are both going on college tours, though their situations couldn't be more different. Fitz has no intention of going to a college that's not local. He's p
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I totally respect what this book is trying to do. And what, I imagine, it will successfully do for many readers. It just didn't quite work for me.

This is such a great representation of the mixed emotions young people (I was young once!) feel going into the next stage (ie, post-high school) of their lives. The momentum that pushes them forward to escape their current situation (overbearing family, no room to be yourself, too much responsibility at too young an age, etc) and the reluctance to go t
may ➹
unfortunately I am not het enough to fully enjoy this kind of romance....... but family vibes!!
The Nerd Daily
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Mimi Koehler

Time Of Our Lives follows young Juniper and Fitz who are both about to graduate, with very differing future perspectives. Fitz fears college and everything that it encompasses – mainly leaving his mother who’s diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s. Fitz is running against the clock, trying to figure out a way to make his mother understand why he wants to stay close to home, while she’s trying to get him to consider colleges farther away a
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Jun 26, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Not their finest cover but I love the title! I love the old title* even more.

*As Forth We Go

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Vicky Again
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oops. Guess who marathoned this in the wee hours of the morning, all at once, so very quickly?

Time of Our Lives takes a different approach than Wibbroka's former novels. Not just in the way that it's dual POV and takes place on the East Coast, but to storytelling overall. This is very much more of a coming-of-age story than a romance, focusing a lot on the main characters and their individual struggles and what they learn from each other.

Of course there are romantic undertones with Juniper and
For this being my first book by this author duo I really enjoyed it! I want to say a big thank you to my friend Erin who sent me this arc for trade and I truly enjoyed it! I'll have more thoughts to come soon... ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)
Diversity: adopted main character, Mexican-American main character, Indian main character.

I love this book, I love this book, I love this book, I love this book. Add this to your TBRs, read it, love it. I'm Wibbroka's biggest fan.

Read my full review of Time of Our Lives on the blog! And add this to your TBRs!!!

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Look, one day I'll write a piece on what constitutes addicting, memorable reads, or maybe even how hard it is and what it takes for a fervently-anticipated book to live up to the hype you've built for it, and when someone asks me to name an example, I'll pelt them with copies of this book and tell them to see what I'm talking about for themselves.

I've made it no secret that I'll pick up anything this author duo writes. Ever since I sneak-read IF I'M BEING HONEST (2019) back in early April of las
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it
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✩ Mira ✩
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars for the feeling of homesickness for a home you can never return to

I've read and loved the two other books by this author duo, they were light-hearted YA rom-coms and I expected this one to be similiar. I didn't really read the discription and was a bit surprised upon actually reading the book.

Time of Our Lives felt a lot more serious. I wouldn't describe it as a rom-com - there wasn't a comedic element and the romance didn't feel like the main plot.

The book takes place over a wee
definitely my least favourite wibbrokka book so far :((((( I did like it though, especially the second half. it even made me cry.

I also don't really know how I feel about the ending. I'm torn between "it couldn't possibly have ended any other way" and "but it wasn't satisfying :(((("

anyways I definitely didn't hate it and I enjoyed the focus on family relationships!!
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: march-2020
I received an ARC from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review.

After reading Emily and Austin's first book, Always Never Yours, I was enchanted by their writing and storytelling. I'm not sure if Time of Our Lives is based on another Shakespeare play like their first two books but I still enjoyed this one for what it represented.

Once again, I find myself reading a book targeted to a very specific group of readers in an age group. This book will definitely resonate with you i
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
This was fine, I guess. I liked exploring how family responsibility can influence your identity and the paths you choose (or think you're able to choose), but I really didn't like Juniper's family. I liked Fitz and Lewis getting closer, but it wasn't a bit part of the story. The romance was again, fine, but I wish Juniper didn't start the story with a boyfriend. It would have made the flirting and grey emotional cheating stuff not an issue, and Mat tdidn't really need to be in the story because ...more
Cindy ✩☽♔
Sep 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
So excited for more of this duo!
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books
I received and early copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Lindsay (pawsomereads)
This was a pretty average read for me. I really enjoyed some aspects and others just fell really flat for me.
This story follows Juniper and Fitz, two high school seniors with very different hopes for their futures, as their east coast college tour road trips overlap. Fitz is determined to stay close to home to help his mom while Juniper wants nothing more than to find her new self and get away from her large family.
I’ve lived in New England my whole life so a lot of the references hit close to
Ren (A Bookish Balance)
1.5/5 stars

Time of Our Lives is a dual narrative story following Fitz Holton whose mother has an early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and Juniper Ramirez who feels suffocated by her many siblings and family members. The two are both going on a college tour, Fitz with his brother and Juniper with her boyfriend. Fitz wants to go to a college in their hometown to stay close to his mother so he can care for her, whereas Juniper wants to study in another city and get some distance from her family. When
Morgan Watchorn
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*ARC received from Texas Teen Book Festival*

Wow. I was not emotionally prepared for this.

I’ve been gorging on YA contemporary romance over the last two years. Like, oh-my-god-McDonald’s-fries-are-best-fries gorging. So when I read IF I’M BEING HONEST—my first taste of Wibbroka—earlier this year, it had a lot of competition. Yet, it easily became my top favorite.

Now? NOW?? Pretty sure Austin and Emily had a Hulk glow-up just so they could grab my arms and rip me in half. I’m THAT TORN. WHICH BOOK
Leah Waters
This book was cute. I liked the college exploration and the complicated family relationships, and the characters were nice. But...I just didn't really feel any chemistry between Fitz and Juniper. I think they would have been great friends, but not boyfriend and girlfriend. They both had to act out of character when they interacted--their personalities conflicted a lot. I skimmed the last 100 pages, because once they were together it became plain boring. Also--you don't fall in love with someone ...more
✦ Maica ✦
Jan 01, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: priority-reads
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was wonderfully written and is up there with my favorite contemporary novels of all time (which also includes the Hating Game and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Trilogy). I absolutely devoured this book within a day, and I’m glad for it. Initially, a couple months ago, it was released and it was an anticipated YA contemporary novel of 2020, but its summary sounded boring. A road trip plot line? Sounds cliche. Fast forward to yesterday. A friend of mine on Goodreads marked it as a DN ...more
Stephanie Fitzgerald
Sep 24, 2020 added it
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Jumped Ship-Did Not Finish

The premise of this sounded really interesting, so I was glad when a copy showed up at my library. I was getting into it, especially Fitz’s situation with his sick mom. By pg. 51 I was ready to move on to another book, however. When a young adult novel has scenes of teenagers having casual and consensual sex, in a motel setting with no chaperones anywhere, that is a big turn-off to me. I know teens do this; I live in the real world. That doesn’t mean that I enjoy readin
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Bloody hell. I was planning to give this a 3 star rating but I actually really liked the ending and the quotes and I think there were some great things that came out of this story. I’ll definitely have to come back to this one and review it properly but if your looking for a light quick contemporary this is it.
Cassie | Lost In Tomes
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
3.5 Stars -
Who knew a dictionary could make such a fun date night?!

Time of Our Lives tackles all those hard feelings we experience when transitioning to a new stage of life, while putting a spotlight on growth and finding ways to be true to yourself in the moment. The romance was also really sweet! The two MC's played so well together on the page. I loved how they showcased the way all the ordinary things about a person end up becoming what makes them special. It was so good and I felt transpo
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
Oh, the irony of planning to read a book that’s titled “Time of Our Lives” while being stuck at home in quarantine for more than a month.

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Mónica BQ
A major disappointment after how good If I'm Being Honest was.

It felt like the authors tried too hard with Juniper's family. By trying to intoduce some diverse rep into the story, they managed to do more harm that good. Juniper's family was cringeworthy stereotype Mexican American. Everything about them is awkward or infuriating.

Not to mention... THE WORD TAMALE DOES NOT FUCKING EXIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




If that didn't clue you in into how
Completely Melanie
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I really love Austin & Emily's writing and so far the rest of their books have all been 5 stars for me, but I gave this one 4 stars just because I wasn't a huge fan of how open ended it was in the end. I know some people really like that, but in most cases that takes away from the book for me unless of course it is part of a series. ...more
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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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