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Opposite of Always

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  76 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.
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 4th 2019 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published March 5th 2019)
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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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    Feb 07, 2019 is currently reading it
    Just received an arc for this book. 🤩
    I’m a lucky little shit.

    Thank you, Macmillan Books!
    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?

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

    —UPDATE #2–
    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
    Oct 27, 2018 marked it as crushing-that-tbr-2019  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2019-release
    27 Oct, 2018
    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
    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 20
    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
    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.
    Alana • thebookishchick
    I read the synopsis and got major Looking for Alaska vibes.
    I don't think I've ever hit "want to read" so quickly in my life.

    Thank you Katherine Tegen books for a review copy in exchange for an honest review!

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    Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Jul 02, 2018 marked it as releases-2019  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: coverporn
    it's like groundhog day, except with death, and I'll probably be broken by the end of it all
    Kate (GirlReading)
    Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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
    Jun 25, 2018 marked it as anti-library  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Jason Williams
    Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    More YA with POC narrators! Especially black young men, please and thank you! It’s vitally important that our going men see themselves in a book, especially in books that celebrate love and comedy and friendship! Books that offer hope and not make everything tragic or despairing!

    I’m glad that Jack’s parents were happy and in love, too. It was beautiful to see black love so well represented.

    Plus, this cover is radiant!
    Kosoko Jackson
    Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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.
    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
    This Groundhog Day story -- complete with reference to Bill Murray and the movie -- was so up my alley. Jack King finds himself at a cross roads: he loves his best friend, but his other best friend is dating her. Then, on a college visit, he meets Kate. He and Kate hit it off and everything is going well. Until Kate dies.

    Then Jack gets to relive this story again. And again. And again. He makes tiny changes each time, knowing there will and won't be consequences.

    Will he ever get out of the time
    Wow.. That synopsis, with that cover, I want it now.
    Gabriela Pop
    Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book had so many dimensions to it and it did everything so well! From light fluffy contemporary, to darker tones, to time travel to a wee bit of existentialism. Justin's authorial voice has such a nice flow to it and makes it so easy to get sucked right into the story. I went from having my face hurt from smiling like an idiot at the book (yay for the fluffy parts!) to clutching the edge of my seat (come through time travel and existentialism and high stakes!!) to feeling a physical pain at ...more
    Stephanie Gillespie
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
    mahana ✩
    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  ·  review of another edition
    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  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Feb 06, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: coming-soon-19
    I'm a sucker for a Groundhog Day scenario
    Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: physical, rtc
    *4.5 Stars*

    I got a physical ARC at Deptcon 4 because Deptcon is the best

    Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    *I received a copy via the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.*

    Jack meets Kate. They bond over their love for cereals and films. Jack falls in love, and it should be happily ever after. That is until Kate dies, and Jack returns to moments just before he meets Kate, again. Here, Jack faces multiple choices as he’s continuously thrown back to the past when Kate dies. He aims to stop Kate from dying, but that doesn’t come without c
    Things happen in threes--happy to give my third 5-star rating of 2019 to this book, which almost made me cry in public three times today!

    Review to come closer to pub date.
    Dec 10, 2018 marked it as definitive-tbr  ·  review of another edition
    🌑"Everything, Everything meets Groundhog Day"
    🌑humour + horror + contemporary


    Ten 2019 YA Debut Novels You Need To Add To Your TBR Right Away!

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    Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss

    Just a bit too YA for my crowd, and the whole idea of time travel to reunite with someone who has died was just... sad. Definitely would purchase for high school, but my middle school students prefer their romances to be a bit less angst-y.
    London Shah
    Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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  ·  review of another edition
    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.
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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.