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Time of Our Lives

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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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Penguin Books
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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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    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
    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 whos diagnosed with early Alzheimers. 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 shes trying to get him to consider colleges farther away and
    Jun 26, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
    Shelves: reviewed
    Not their finest cover but I love the title! I love the old title* even more.

    *As Forth We Go
    may ➹
    unfortunately I am not het enough to fully enjoy this kind of romance....... but family vibes!!
    Nina-Tala (JustAddAWord)
    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
    Cindy ✩☽♔
    Sep 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
    So excited for more of this duo!
    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
    Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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.

    Full, coherent review (hopefully) coming soonish. ADD this to your TBRs!

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    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.

    THIS. BOOK. 😭❤
    ✦ Maica ✦
    Jan 01, 2020 marked it as to-read
    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.

    Ive been gorging on YA contemporary romance over the last two years. Like, oh-my-god-McDonalds-fries-are-best-fries gorging. So when I read IF IM BEING HONESTmy first taste of Wibbrokaearlier 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. Im THAT TORN. WHICH BOOK IS
    Sierra Elmore
    Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I really enjoyed this contemporary romance . Also talking about school choice, purpose, love, family. There are so many good messages. Some new stuff coming and some stuff you say goodbye too. Life is full of this kind of stuff, messy, scary, new. That what I love, this book felt so real ...more
    Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Thank you Penguin Teen Canada for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!

    ACTUAL: 4.25 stars

    This novel follows two high school seniors, Fitz and Juniper, and their adventures along a college tour road trip after meeting at their first tour location. Fitz is anxious for his single mother's Alzheimer's to worsen, and cannot imagine even attending college. In contrast, Juniper has one foot our the door and is looking forward to getting far away from her loud and hectic household. As
    Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book was absolutely charming with characters who were relatable, well-developed, and adorable. I love the way the authors explored all the emotions that come along with the transitionary period between high school and college and having to make all those BIG life decisions. The writing is also just lovely! 10/10 would recommend.
    Simone Pond
    Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Oh how I adored this book by my favorite writing team! They keep putting out gems! The plot of the story was a fun-filled journey through colleges but also through the emotional landscape of the two main characters. They were lovable and quirky and whip smart. Pretty much like the authors who created them. The story captures the heart of transition and what that looks like on deeply personal levels. Their journeys are something we can relate to regardless of where we've come from or where we're ...more
    Katherine Hardisty
    Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book was EVERYTHING I needed in a contemporary as well as a contemporary that NEEDED to be written. It follows the story of two kids on the cusp of graduation touring prospective colleges where they keep happening to run into each other. The romance is perfection (no surprise, I mean, it's Wibbroka), and the (view spoiler) ...more
    Stephenie Geschwender
    3.5 stars. The meet cute of what you know is going to inevitably be your main romance takes almost a full 100 pages to in fact meet and cute. But those first 100 pages are also a slow crawl through a dictionary, and I mean that literally. At first its quirky that Fitz constantly defines moments in his life with extravagant words from a dictionary. But before you know it that same quirk is distracting and used entirely too much. It then takes another 100 pages for our main characters to move the ...more
    Makenna Fournier
    Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: contemporary, arc, 2020
    Thank you to Penguin for providing an eArc of this on Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

    I am a huge fan of Emily and Austin, I absolutely loved Always Never Yours and If Im Being Honest and will pick up any books they publish in the future because of those two. That being said, Time of Our Lives was just not for me.
    In Time of Our Lives we follow two main characters, Juniper and Fitz. They both have very different views on college, Juniper cant wait to go and get away from her big
    Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
    So this was my first of these author's books - I had won an advanced copy through Goodreads. For it being my first read by these two, I definitely enjoyed it. I'm very picky when it comes to contemporary and don't often really like them anymore but, this book won me over for these authors and I'm eager to read more of their works.

    This novel follows two seniors on their winter break touring colleges around New England and the northeast USA. It was kind of cool actually, when one of the characters
    Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Those last 50 pages hit different.

    I totally see what all the Wibbroka hype is about, that was a great contemporary. As a senior, the discussions of college and the future and life changing really hit me. I saw so much of myself in Juniper, it was a little scary.

    But Fitz also touched me in a lot of ways. His fears for the future were totally valid, and watching him explore them was heart-breaking but enthralling. I think the lessons he learns are so, so important for teens (like me!) to hear at
    Colleen's Conclusions
    This author duet pair will forever be one of my top anticipated authors ever since I read their first young adult debut, Always Never Yours. I loved that book and If Im being honest.

    Time of Our Lives was still a top anticipation book of the year for me and I still enjoyed it very much, but I didnt feel quite as connected to the characters as I did for the other books. Small spoiler: The two characters from If Im Being Honest did make an appearance in the book, though I feel like that scene could
    Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Fitz and Juniper have polar opposite outlooks in terms of college plans-- Juniper can't wait to distance herself from her overbearing family, while Fitz fears abandoning his mother, who will develop early-onset Alzheimer's. Despite his mom's looming illness, she insists he take a tour of colleges on the east coast, where he and Juniper keep colliding on the way. Their connection is undeniable; but how do they navigate this spark with their separate paths? Time of Our Lives surprised me with how ...more
    Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    As expected from my favorite author duo, I absolutely loved Time of Our Lives. I love the connection and relationship that develops between Fitz and Juniper, and I love the way that they are able to help each other realize things about themselves. The elements of family that were incorporated into the story helped to round the characters and reveal their true personalities, as well. I also enjoyed the travel-log of the various university tours and exploration of the cities that house the ...more
    Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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    Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Review copy courtesy of Edelweiss.

    A YA romcom that tackles the excitement and angst of college visits - a uniquely upper-middle-class pastime in this reviewers viewpoint - and introduces one Mexican-American heroine eager to go to college and one redheaded hero reluctant to leave his ill mom.
    Shannon Allison
    Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This book was a charming, memorable (pun-intended) romp that tackled the prospect of college and coming-of-age in a realistic, honest way. The characters had depth and real flaws that made it easy to root for them.
    Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Rating: 4 stars

    Definitely enjoyed this one a lot, Wibbroka has a way of writing family relationships that always hits home in one way or another. But in terms of the actual romance, I much preferred their other novels!
    Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
    This is a really sweet story about two well developed characters working though life changes as they prepare for college. I enjoyed the focus on the family aspect of each character. Parts of the book felt a bit rushed, especially the ending. Overall, a cute YA romance.
    Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
    oh boy this book was a doozy, I loved it. WIBBROKA DO NOT PULL PUNCHES
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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

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