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Every Reason We Shouldn't

(Every Reason We Shouldn't #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  75 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.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: 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.…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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The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
3.5 Stars

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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
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
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 .
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
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this digital arc.
Olivia is part of an Olympic family. Her parents are gold medalists who now own an ice skating rink called Ice Dreams. She's skated professionally but her dreams seem to have ended after a terrible finish. When a speed skater and his dad buy out the rink every day for a few hours of practice, Olivia doesn't know if it's a good or bad thing. Little does she know how much Jonah Choi is going to affect her life.
This book was so much more
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
Sarah (Cover to Cover Reviews)
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 Ismashedthat "request" button. And I got it! Why was I so ...more
Jan 14, 2020 marked it as might-read
* I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 24, 2019 added it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC. I’ll post a review near the publication date.
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.
Happily, Hedy
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the Asian representation in this book. Very nicely woven themes and developed characters. This is one of those books that I wouldn’t get bored rereading. It’s such a cute teen romance, one of the better ones I’ve read. Many of the situations are relatable too—especially being compared with other people and not thinking you’re enough. A much needed story in the YA genre. I would most definitely recommend it. Critique wise, there was a bit of power and “wow” missing. It was a really
Penzi Hill
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
A stereotypical look at love, but appreciated for it's candid moments and the diversity of race and class shown. Yes, you will be able to guess the love interest from the moment he walks in the door. Yes, the female protaganist values an almost Tumblr-esque pride about "not being like other girls". Yes, they get together with minimal, if no, conflict because they are just "so in love". I realize that these statements might make it seem like I didn't enjoy this book, but I felt quite the ...more
Marija (Inside My Library Mind)
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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
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, read-2020, arcs
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Dec 27, 2019 added it
Shelves: arc, ya, net-galley
I am far from the target audience for this book (my YA days were long ago), but I have to say that this was a very fun read. Interestingly, there wasn't much conflict in the romance, none of the will they/won't they; instead the conflict came from family issues and (more interestingly) the protagonists' uncertainty about her future and whether she really did have what it takes to be a top athlete.

I disagree with some other reviewers who see the heroine as a "not like other girls" archetype;
Feb 09, 2020 marked it as dnf
Shelves: netgalley
I ended up DNFing this one pretty quickly. I didn't click with the characters at all, the main character was someone who was a contradictory and didn't make a ton of sense. She cared about ice skating more than anything, but also stopped training for months simply because of some remarks at a competition. This one just wasn't for me.
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review!

first time reading about ice skating and this was so cute! despite the fact that all the talk about skating was confusing, i really enjoyed this book.

i really felt for olivia, she just wanted to find her place in this world and for her parents to care. jonah was adorable i loved him.

this book was very... anticlimactic... i honestly just loved the characters.
This was alright but I didn't love it. I found Livy kind of annoying but I dealt with her and I thought her relationship with Jonah was cute, albeit a bit rushed. I really did not like Stuart (Egg). And can I just say - this is the 1st book I've read/reviewed that comes out in 2020 and that is mental! Can't believe we're in the roaring 20s again!
Kristina Jagger
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
*Thank you to MacMillan-Tor/Forge for sending this to me!*

Following our main character, Olivia, as she struggles to balance her responsibilities in keeping her parents’ rink afloat and her feelings about her own skating ability, it’s safe to say this young, fifteen-year-old has a lot on her plate. Couple this with her feelings for the new, competitive speed skater at the rink and caring for her mom as she struggles with chronic pain, going into this book, I was hoping to see a lot of growth in
Online Eccentric Librarian
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, ya, arc
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Every Reason We Shouldn't is a nicely written YA story that feels very much like the outline for a teen movie. I appreciated that as much attention was given to the pro skating/training as to the romance and that the characters were conflicted in different ways. I also liked that neither main character was your typical white urban teens with clueless parents. Each person had a distinct voice and was working on their own
Taylor Biela
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Olivia Kennedy has grown up in the shadow of her olympic gold, figure skater parents. They’ve trained and homeschooled Olivia her whole life in the hopes of raising her to be a pairs figure skater with her partner Stuart “Egg” Trout. But after one bad skate, Olivia is scared she’s already a “has-been” at 15. With her parents struggling to keep their ice rink open, the arrival of Jonah Choi, a speed skater destined to make it to the Olympics, may hold the answer for Olivia in navigating skating ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars.

I was given an e-ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was attracted to this book on NetGalley because of the cover and the concept. An ice skater and a speed skater try to balance being normal teenagers and being Olympic level athletes. I love all winter sports so this really called to me. And now that all of the formalities are out of the way, let’s get into the review.

The positives-

-the characters all seem realistic and they all
Kate Larkindale
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one. I'm not usually a huge fan of sports books, but I used to love figure skating so this instantly appealed to me.

Olivia's parents were gold medal Olympians, and until recently, Olivia was following in their footsteps. But a disastrous performance at a competition has ended her career as a skater and now she's trying out life as a 'normal' teen. But her normal isn't actually all that normal. Her parents own a skating rink and it's struggling. Olivia's dad has gone out on
This cover is adorable and so is the concept: After her Olympic pairs figure skating dreams ended, biracial fifteen-year-old Olivia Kennedy is trying to figure out life as a normal teen when speedskater Jonah Choi zips into her school and rink life and refuels her zest to skate again. Olivia and Jonah are truly perfect for each other, understanding each other's need to push themselves to perfection. Unfortunately, the sweetness of their romance wasn't enough to overcome the need for trigger ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019, arc-read
Sometimes the whole fun of reading is: learning about something new. A teen romance set amongst Olympic level ice-skating with a side of roller derby was by far the highlight(s) of this book. These scenes were written well and really enjoyable.

Our leads are Olivia and Jonah. They have a meet cute at Olivia's family ice rink and the rest is history. While I found them cute-ish at times (hotteok-flavoured kisses most), I can't work out where the title actually came from. I thought it would be
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Do you like:
Ice sports?
Cute first love?
Soft kids following their dreams and learning to believe in themselves?
Kickass female friendship?
Messy but loving families?
Then I think you’d enjoy this book, because it has all of that and more!

I personally really enjoy all the things mentioned above so I really enjoyed this book.
I really enjoyed the characters and how they where all so fleshed out. The romance was really cute but to my surprise and delight this book was more about family, going after your
Ms. Arca
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I especially enjoyed the rep in this one. Mixed babies (okay, teenagers), Korean and Japanese rep, as well as conversations/ situations navigating socioeconomic status and different types of families. Yay. Those parts made the book for me.

This was the fluffy feel good love story YA you thought it was from reading the blurb. I really liked the skating background and how it gave us moments with all sorts of different types of skating (I personally enjoyed the roller derby vibes best, but also
Hadewych thereaderinpink
I was really excited to read this book, because I thought after reading the synopsis that I was going to love this book.
Sadly enough, I gave it up after chapter 5.
The writing style was annoying, because of the capital letters, the coherent words and the language.
These teens are 16,17 and they are talking like 13-years-old teens.
That really disappointed me, because I'm a teen of 16-years-old and it felt so awkward to read that sort of language, because I constantly thought 'This is how the author
Emma Katherine
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
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Opinions: To be honest, Every Reason We Shouldn't is a fun read but nothing special. It is a book you should save for the end of your TBR that is quick, exciting, and doesn't cause too much timely deep-thinking. Something I enjoyed about the book was how realistic it was. Fujimura made sure readers related and connected to the characters and therefore learned something from them about various subjects. I appreciate her intentions
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