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Opposite of Always

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  16,584 ratings  ·  3,103 reviews
Debut author Justin A. Reynolds delivers a hilarious and heartfelt novel about the choices we make, the people we choose, and the moments that make a life worth reliving.

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 Fra
Hardcover, 449 pages
Published March 5th 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 the…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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Justin A Reynolds
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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?

I stopped hanging out at the same coffee shops; he always beats me to the power outlet and then stays FOREVERRRRR...ARGHHHH RUDE!

okay, seriously, this guy sucks! he spilled coffee all over my notebook and barely apologized; just soaked it up with his shirt and ran out of the coffee shop hella quick—like, ummmm 🤔 this
This story was a delight.
It’s a debut novel on love, friendship, time-travel and what you would do if you had the power to go back and alter the future in some way.
I loved the loop we were thrown in. I wasn’t sure whether it would work for me, but it worked. It was addictive and kept me on edge as the constant changes that occurred due to him wanting to change the future, added different elements and layers to the story and to the wonderful cast of characters.
And I love what that portrayed ov
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
ive always found time travel loops to be difficult to enjoy as a reader. they can be quite tedious, as you are experiencing the same situation over and over again. and if the writing isnt amazing, the repetitiveness gets really old, really quickly. and unfortunately, i think this story suffered a little from that.

as a debut novel, i think this kind of story is quite ambitious (for the aforementioned reasons). but i do think its strength is in its characters, specifically jack. it was very reward
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was SO much fun! I loved the writing style, the characters and I just always love stories where the main character is stuck in a time loop.

I highly recommend listening to the audiobook for this one, the narrator was great!
Larry H
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Do you believe that there is one person out there for each of us? If so, should we do everything we can to find that person, and once we do, never let them go, no matter what it takes?

Jack King has spent most of his life pining for his best friend, Jillian. (Come on, their names are Jack and Jill. How could that not work?) She's everything he's ever wanted. But she's in love with Jack's other best friend, Franny (short for Francisco), and he can see how happy they make each other. So i
Charlotte May
3.5 ⭐️

This was cute. I wasn't entirely sure by the end (view spoiler)

Jack and Kate meet at a party and immediately hit it off, but about 3 months into their new relationship, Kate dies and Jack finds himself transported back to when they first met. It was a really interesting concept - that he keeps reliving the same few months of his time with Kate. Jack thinks it is because he is meant to save he
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: maybe
Four futuristic, “Back to the future” meets “Groundhog Day”( 4 months repeating version) meets “About Time”, creative, gripping, heart-felting, fast pacing, in the love of YA books stars!

Three “S” words perfectly define this book: Sarcastic, sweet and swoony!

I think the cover gives us some clues what’s going on inside by showing different version of the couple sitting on the ladders. But you may always open yourselves to the surprises.

Let’s raise our hands to clap the author and give him his st
Amy Imogene Reads
I enjoyed this so much. Opposite of Always was heartfelt, funny, and an honest portrayal of the ties that bind in family, friends, and the family that you make among those close to you.

Concept: ★★★
Characters: ★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★★
Feels: ★★★★★

Let's get real: I'm not a fan of Groundhog Day. I don't love Bill Murray (don't hate me pls), I don't like the whiplash effect of day after day on repeat, and I find the romantic comedy to be extremely strained given his love interest doesn't even know him, and
I have some very mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, parts of this contemporary were rather cute and the idea of a Groundhog Day "retelling" is really fun. But I'm not a fan of the execution, and I'm especially not a fan of how women were portrayed in this novel and just how invasive the main character was. (Possible spoilers below.)

Let's start with the execution. The two redeeming parts of this book, to me, are both the start and the ending. Those are exactly what you'd want from a cont
alana ♡
"Don't be afraid. Take chances. And when those don't work out, take more"

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

This book will make for an excellent movie one day, and I honestly wouldn't be surprised if we hear this will be turned into a movie shortly after the book is released. With that being said, I honestly, think this will work better as a movie rather than a book. The story goes like this... Jack meets Kate at a party, they instantly hit it off and their relationship begins, Kate dies, Jack time travels back
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 wri
O Williams
Jun 26, 2018 marked it as to-read
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
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book had no chance with me.

Overwrought instalove + dying girl + wish fulfillment fantasy ending = ya tropes I've lost my interest in a very long time ago.
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
I'm not crying. You're crying...

Okay. I admit it. I'm a giant sap underneath all the layers of cynicism. THIS BOOK GOD DAMN IT! So freaking cute and just... It's basically Groundhog Day which is one of my all time favourite films... THEN PUT YOUR LITTLE HAND IN MINE.... Anyone remember that?? Nope?? Just me... Anyway this book. YA. CUTE. FUNNY. ROMANTIC. WITTY. DID I MENTION CUTE??? I loved it. Gave me all of the feels. And also I appreciate the nod to Zinc Finger Nucleases. Can't have CRISPR st
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free free as part of an Instagram tour (Storygram Tours specifically) I did to promote the book.

This was such a fun YA book!

I absolutely loved the premise. The time loop aspect was so interesting. I liked how you saw the consequences to Jack’s actions throughout every go around.

In a way this book is kind of sad because the love interest is continually dying. But at the same time it is still full of hope.


I loved the characters. Since this book is a time loop you spend a
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you see a cover of a book and you know instantly that you have to read it. I definitely had that excited feeling and completed this book within a few hours as I couldn’t put it down!!

Jack King meets Kate at a party and within seconds they are laughing away as if they had known each other for years. He wants to spend every minute possible with her. Kate feels the same way but tries to resist.

Jack and Kate’s relationship flourishes but sadly Jack finds out that Kate’s life may be short a
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
*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 2019!!
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A year later, here we go! 🌻

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.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

⭐⭐.5 Stars

"But i only see Kate. I only feel Kate"

It's easy to think that The Opposite of Always brings something refreshingly new to the YA scene, unfortunately it doesn't quite manage to shake the curse of most YA books - an annoying insistence on championing love at all cost.

📌Plot - So this book focuses on Jack King. We're made to understand that he's tried a couple of things and hasn't really stuck with them. At this point i'd like to point out that the character is 18 or 19 so i can't honest

Kate (GirlReading)
Justin A. Reynolds adds a crisp, funny, witty and heartbreaking new voice to YA with Opposite of Always. His writing style is smooth, easy to read and addictive from page one. The characters he’s created are wonderfully human, personable and flawed and I found myself warming to them instantly. (I especially appreciated finally finding characters who share my passion for cereal.)

Going into this with virtually no prior knowledge of the plot, I was pleasantly surprised throughout and was constantl
Trina (Between Chapters)
Very Groundhog Day. So interesting and emotional. Enjoyed the audiobook.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arcs
ARC kindly provided by Netgally in exchange for an honest review.

I love going into these kind of stories without knowing a thing about it. All I knew was I liked the quirky looking cover, I have never read anything by this author before and the title intrigued me.
And I was pleasantly surprised, this was so cute! And although Goodreads says this is 460+ pages, I read it in 3 short days.
Opposite of Always was a definite page-turner and a 'just one more chapter' kinda read... And a brilliantly wri
Anja H.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“Don’t be afraid. Take chances. And when those don’t work out, take more.”

Oh my gosh, I enjoyed the hell out of this!
If you liked Before I Fall, you'll definitely like this one too!

While Jack was a pretty annoying main character who kept making the same mistakes over and over again, I loved the dynamic between him and his family and friends. This is a very character driven story and I loved that!

The ending was somewhat vague in my opinion, but otherwise the writing wa
h o l l i s
This is the blessing of being an only child : you have your parents' undivided attention.
This is the curse of being an only child : you have your parents' undivided attention.

This is not a little book (in fact this physical ARC weighed in at a chunky four hundred and forty nine pages) and yet I devoured it. This was the kind of effortless reading that, though the subject matter isn't all sunshine and roses, just.. flows. I had no idea what it was about (I mean, again, forever, I repeat : once up
Apr 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, young-adult
This is possibly one of the worst books I've ever read, I had such high hopes for it but I really don't think there is anything I liked about it, I couldn't even finish it and I'm not the type to DNF a book.

Let's start with the writing style. Every second I was reading this book I felt like I was pulling a face just from how cringy it was, it was trying way too hard to be quirky and relatable. There was also points where it felt like the author did not understand how human interaction works, lik
J. Greene
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Opposite of Always is a heartfelt and stunning debut; that is worthy of all praise.

I am in love with this book; its story, and the way it made me feel.

Jack is a boy in love with a girl, that keeps dying—over and over again.

Most importantly, he’s a black boy in love with a black girl—and the importance of that is immeasurable.

Every death is an opportunity to fall in love with Kate again. It's a chance to right wrongs, fix relationships—and to do things differently. But what happens when you star
♛ may
book #2 completed!! ✔ for the contemporary-a-thon under the challenge of: "read a contemporary with yellow on the cover"

oh hell this book was full of so much heart and soul. for someone so funny, justin reynolds knows how to write these really tender, sweet, loving scenes between partners, friends, and family members and oh man was it precious

so in general, i'm not a HUGE fan of the 'day on repeat' plots (i find them ridiculously repetitive) HOWEVER comma i have seen some book do it well, so
Elle (ellexamines)
Jul 02, 2018 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x-coverporn
it's like groundhog day, except with death, and I'll probably be broken by the end of it all ...more
Brenda Waworga
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such an amazing debut!!! I really love Justin A Reynolds writing style! it was so fun and gripping!

This book gave everything i want from a YA contemporary story: Romance, Friendship and Family and of course the effortless Diversity! its one package read for me! plus.. the story is about Time Travel which i always love 😍

The main character Jack King was such a dork but loveable, the romance felt a bit flat but i adore the family story and also the friendship inside this book!! i grew to f
Aj the Ravenous Reader
It was fun to read. The dialogue flows naturally and the writing is witty, always with humor. However, the plot is a little too unbelievable for my taste. It involves time loops which I usually enjoy but at some point, the events became a little repetitive and Jack fighting for love the way he does when he's barely out of high school and he's only met Kate yesterday seems like a stretch. Good thing Jack is so funny and so cheesy. Lol. And look at that super cute cover. 😍

Recommended if you just w
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