Opposite of Always
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I highly recommend listening to the audiobook for this one, the narrator was great!
This was cute. I wasn't entirely sure by the end (view spoiler)[ if Jack did manage to save Kate, but having mulled it over it seems like he did (hide 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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!! ...more
"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
Going into this with virtually no prior knowledge of the plot, I was pleasantly surprised throughout and was constantl ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It had a very interesting premise and I am a sucker for Groundhog Day. The romance was nice but a little too cheesy for my cold dead heart. I liked that the author made sure to pay close attention to the intricate relationships of Jack and his friends & family. I preferred those interactions over Kate and Jack's love story.
In the end I just wasn't as invest ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It's amazing because
Jack is so relatable
Jack king , is dorky , cheesy , corny and nerdy . He literally regrets every decision he makes. It's so funny.
As you might've guessed from the summary , we read a couple of choices jack makes while he travels time. He can't be unrelatable even if you haven't seen yourself in fiction.
There are so much love in this book
Jack king has amazing friends , supportive parents , a decent high school and his University of c ...more
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