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Every Reason We Shouldn't

(Every Reason We Shouldn't #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  749 ratings  ·  272 reviews
Warning: Contains family expectations, delightful banter, great romantic tension, skating (all kinds!), Korean pastries, and all the feels.

Fifteen-year-old, biracial figure skater Olivia Kennedy’s Olympic dreams have ended. She's bitter, but enjoying life as a regular teenager instead of an athlete... until Jonah Choi starts training at her family's struggling rink. Jonah'
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Tor Teen
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Emma Katherine This book is all about romance and friendship, but there's only kissing! There is a discussion about having safe sex, but nothing explicit is said. En…moreThis book is all about romance and friendship, but there's only kissing! There is a discussion about having safe sex, but nothing explicit is said. Enjoy the book!(less)

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chan ☆
dnf @20%

cute but not what i'm in the mood for at the moment tbh. YA contemporaries are pretty hit or miss for me anyway
M. (Inside My Library Mind)
Feb 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
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First of all, I really did not enjoy the characters. Olivia and Jonah did nothing for me. I found them to be really flat characters, and moreover, I couldn’t quite comprehend any of their struggles or issues, because none of them really made sense. Moreover, Olivia was pretty much awful at times. For example, when her best friend was explaining how she would love to go back and do high school differently, Olivia said something along the lines o
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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3.5 Stars

Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura seemed like the perfect book for me since I am a big fan of any story about skating. While I did enjoy this concept, I had many issues with the book, including the immature main character and the lack of discussion around the sensitive topics presented. I didn’t hate this book, but it was not what I was expecting.


This book tells the story of Olivia, a figure skater adjusting to life outside the ri
Paula M
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, for-review
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If you’re looking for a teen romance with no unnecessary drama and angst, I would recommend Every Reason We Shouldn’t to you. The warning or disclaimer of this books really delivered, it did include delightful banter, sports and all the feels.

The story centers around figure skater Olivia, who at a very young age already won gold for being a fantastic athlete. Olivia is biracial, very young, ambitious with an au
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
Reeeeally mixed feelings on this one. Full review coming soon, but here are my initial thoughts:

It was cute, but had quite a few flaws as well. Props for diverse rep but it isn't really ownvoices (the author is white, her kids are biracial, she wrote this book so that kids like hers can see themselves represented) and it didnt always come across as authentic, but I did love Mack, a secondary character who was valedictorian of her high school but ended up a teen mom shortly thereafter. There's a
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I was initially drawn to Every Reason We Shouldn't for a few reasons. Number one, skating. Ever since "Cutting Edge" I will read anything ice skating focused and this certainly fills a niche. That being said, there isn't that same romantic, will-they-won't-they as in that film and there aren't pair competitions so just know that the only comp between those is that there are just two
Ahana M Rao (Heart’s Content)
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Received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from the publisher, Tor Teen, via Edelweiss+ and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Every Reason We Shouldn’t is a very special book, because it addresses a variety of issues and all of them manage to stir emotions in you and have you connect to the protagonists. I loved seeing Japanese and Korean culture and I was squealing at all the parts that I recognised (
chloe ♡
i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.

3.5 stars

every reason we shouldn’t is an adorable novel about ice skating, love, dreams and family. if i were to rate this book solely in terms of enjoyment, i would have given it a higher rating. i liked the story, but i felt that some parts could be changed to make it even better.

i have never participated in sports competitively, and have only done a little bit of figure skating for fun when i
Jan 22, 2020 marked it as dnf
Shelves: netgalley
I wanted to give this a solid effort but the writing is just so juvenile and tries too hard to be hip. I can't read a book that uses the phrase 'awko-taco' in its prose.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this on Net Galley, and was beyond excited to read it.

This book is about our main character, Olivia, and her journey finding herself on the ice again. She finds love on the way, and strengthens bonds with her family and friends.

While I love the premise of this, there were a few things that didn't work.
For one, this is not how teenagers talk. I know that the author definitely tried, and even used the phrase "that't the tea, sis," but a lot of the dialogue didn't work for me
Lou (Lou and Life)
Book provided to me by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I requested this book because I thought that it was a book by an Asian author and I wanted to read it and help promote it. It's not. I feel a bit like I have been catfished into thinking that this would be an own voices book, when in reality it's written by a white woman whose married a Japanese man. Before I list the points as to why this is bad representation and how I felt about it as a biracial Asian, I do wan
Joanna Bennett
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
Rating: 3.5

I’m glad that I went into this one with lower expectations thanks to a few of the reviews I had read beforehand. Even though I knew the romance wasn’t going to totally work for me, the cover kept calling my name. Light blue covers are my favorite. So, I did it anyways!

When it came to the characters, yay for multicultural! Olivia and Jonah aren’t the greatest characters when it comes to development for me but I liked the diversity they brought to the table. I also enjoyed Granny Macint
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
I’m big into sports romances, so Every Reason We Shouldn’t appealed to me in a big way. Not only do I love skating and hockey stories, but since Jonah Choi is a long track speed skater it made for an interesting change of pace in the genre. Add in the fact that Olivia Kennedy is a biracial, Japanese-American teen, who was a gold medalist in pairs skating at the junior level, but who has crashed and burned at the senior division, and Jonah is a 3/4 Korean who has the drive and talent to make it t ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

EVERY REASON WE SHOULDN'T is a story about a girl who crashed and burned in her last ice skating couples' competition and is figuring out what her life should look like. It's about a talented speed skater who begins training at her rink and the possibility of romance. It's about friendship and family, but mostly about second chances and finding the nerve to save something important. Recommended to contemporary YA fans, especially those who enjoy stories about athletes.

Olivia was a great

Olivia’s parents own a skating rink where she spends most of her time. She used to be a figure skater until something happened to end her career. Enter Jonah Choi, skating prodigy who starts training at the rink. Sparks fly as they clash.

The synopsis gives the impression of a rivalry, an opposites attract vibe between Olivia and Jonah but I didn’t see it. Even the title hinted at it but it was missing from the story. Their first meeting was a volley of barbs but after that the relationship did a
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Jun 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio-book-2020, 2020, dnf
DNF @ 10%. This was so juvenile it was painful. The MC was just a spoiled bitch and had no redeeming qualities. I'm not putting anymore time into it. ...more
4.5 from me. I loved this super cute realistic fiction romance. This shows us some of the tough choices and sacrifices talented athletes have to make in order for dreams to come true. Some of the tough choices parents have to make and the line between pushing, encouraging, and wanting kids to be their best. I'm a parent. It's tough to know where the line is drawn. What is not enough? What is too much? Who gets to make those choices and when does the responsibility shift? What does it take to be ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
"No regrets?”
“No regrets"

Every Reason We Shouldn't features my auto add to tbr tropes
🌟Asian Rep
🌟 Controlling parents
🌟High school drama
🌟Not fitting in


I thank NetGalley and MacMillan for approving my request for this e-ARC. Thjs hasn't affected my opinions .
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This is a story which follows Olivia, a 15 year old figure skater who tries to adapt to life as a "normal" teenager after a disastrous performance puts her future as a proffesional in doubt. When dedicated speed skater Jonah Choi comes to Ice Dreams, her family's rink, a romance blossoms and both realise there may be more to life than just skating.

A few things I liked about this book:

- First off, I have an unending love for sports romances. This is widely documented. This kind of book
Kate McMurry
Exciting, PG, multicultural, YA, sports romance

Olivia Kennedy is the almost-sixteen, biracial daughter of a Japanese-American mother and Euro-American father who are world famous for winning Olympic gold as a fabulously talented figure-skating team. Olivia had figure-skating, Olympic dreams as well, and trained since early childhood toward that lofty goal, until a humiliating failure at a major competition the previous year convinced her that her Olympic potential is gone. Since then, she has co
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

Every Reason We Shouldn’t is a young adult contemporary romance by auhor Sara Fujimura. Every Reason We Shouldn’t is a skating romance that felt different than previous skating romances that I have read in the past. In the past, the books centered around skating focused on one kind. Either hockey, or figure skating mostly. But Every Reason We Shouldn’t centers around a skating rink and the people that own and use it. The cool part of Every Reason We Shouldn’t is that so many differen
Alex (Pucksandpaperbacks)
dnfed @ 25%

*I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review. This does not affect my opinions.

I got 25% into this title and I couldn't continue any further. The main character was very selfish and I was very confused while reading.

The friendship between Mack and Olivia seemed very unlikely! Mack is 20 years old, Olivia is 15. I don't know how common it is for a 20 year old to befriend a 15 year old and become invested in her life. I did like that Mack is a derb
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it

This was a book I anticapated reading a lot this year, but overall it was pretty middle of the road for me. The romance was pretty instalovey, and I didn't really like the some of the character relationships and friendships in here, and the problems in the relationships weren't really resolved in the end. And the ending was TOO perfect if that makes sense. Their is supposed to be a sequel coming out next year so I may read that, but based on the ending here, the questions I wanted answered
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I was drawn to this book because of the skating. I really did enjoy the concept of the book. It is fun and playful. I felt like the main character Olivia was a bit immature and I felt like a few of the main topics that were really important got played down in the end.
Olivia is a 15 year old girl who loves to skate and has been skating since she was very young. Her parents were skaters before she was born and they own an ice rink which is barely holding on by a thread, then comes in speed skater
Samantha (WLABB)
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Olivia thought she had come to terms with the end of her Olympic dreams, but a new fire was lit, when inspiring speed skater, Jonah, began training at her parent's rink. As she attempted to reclaim her place in the skating world, her world outside began to crumble, but would this mark the end of her skating comeback?

• Pro: In this kind of story, I needed to be able to root for someone, and I found myself sort of rooting for EVERYONE! Olivia, Jonah, Mack, mom, dad, the business -- I wanted everyo
Sarah Salisbury
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm pretty sure this book marks only the second time I've been THIS excited to get an ARC. (Like, seriously, the last and only other time was when a publisher granted my NetGalley wish to read "Tweet Cute". Worth it.) "Every Reason We Shouldn't" went on my TBR the moment I stumbled across it on GoodReads - at the time, it was so far out it didn't even have a cover yet - so when I saw that it was available on NetGalley, you better believe I smashed that "request" button. And I got it! Why was I s ...more
Mesho 👾
Was an interesting read, i'm not sure if i love it or hate it.
so this book was YA/Contemporary and sport. full of ice skating, it gave ma a feel of *Yuri on ice! (anime ) * the feels.
i like the romance it was light and not the main focus of the plot.
it was action packed.It felt a little too much at times.
i love Mac shes so cool, the main character is a bit of a brat,however shes a teen hehe so its understandable . The parents are very odd.
i might still read book 2 i'm still curious to see how
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was enjoyable. I just wasn't as invested in the story or loved any of the characters.saying that, Mac is probably the only character I truly adored. Olivia's parent's were such disappointing parents.

It was cute and readable. The audiobook was good too.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2020, ya, arcs
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