Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! How are you all? I hope you’re good!
Today I’m back with another review of a book that I really enjoyed and I kind of rarely see it on twitte or bookstagram. I don’t know why because it is a really great book that everyone should try and read!
And now without further ado, let’s start with the review!
Jack Ellison King. King of Almost.Add the book to your Goodreads to-read shelf
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. Jack’s curse of almost is finally over.
But this love story is . . . complicated. It is an almost happily ever after. Because Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Beautiful, radiant Kate. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do—and let go—to save the people he loves.
Title – Opposite of Always
Author – Justin A.Reynolds
Publisher – Katherine Tegen Books
Series? – Standalone
Release date – March 5th, 2019
Genre – Contemporary/Romance/Time-Travel/Young Adult
Trigger Warning – Death, illness, racism, shooting (at the end of the book)
Version – ebook
Language – English
Pages – 464
What I liked
First of all, before starting with the actual book review, can we please talk about the cover? How pretty is that one, please?
One thing I liked was that Opposite of Always shows you the important things in life. Like friendship & family. The message was pretty clear and I believe that this is very important in contemporary novels (as well as in other genres). Especially after the end of this book, you won’t take everything for granted anymore.
The most interesting things in this novel were the time loops. I love loops! I already loved them in the Miss Peregrine’s series by Ransom Riggs but oh boy they were fantastically written in Opposite of Always. The way Jack tries to save the girl he fell in love with was heartbreaking because when Kate dies you hope that he will be able to save her. You start to put yourself in his place and honestly, I nearly cried at some of the scenes. It was really heartbreaking during some parts. Meaning that when you pick up this book you should be prepared to cry and have tissues near you! You will need tissues, I swear!
Opposite of Always is a cute teenage romance novel that will make you laugh as much as it will make you cry. It has relatable characters because oh boy Jack reminds me so much of other people in my entourage. Jack always makes sure that the people he loves are safe. You just want to cuddle him so often during the reading experience. I always was like: Oh my poor baby. No! Why is this happening to him? Can’t it happen to someone else?
And I’m usually an iceberg so there you see how much emotional damage this book did to me!
For me, Opposite of Always was a great new discovery of a new author. Reynolds did a great job convincing me to read more of him in the future and to be honest, this book was also one of the best contemporary novels I’ve read so far in my life. Next, to Becky Albertalli’s books & The Hate U Give of course. Because Albertalli and Angie Thomas are the queens!
What I didn’t like
There is only one thing that I didn’t like and it was the ending. That ending was like so confusing and I’m still thinking what the hell? I honestly don’t like open ending like the one that happened in Opposite of Always but I’m not going into detail because I don’t want to spoil anyone.
The beginning was also a bit slow and only got interesting when the loops began. But this was only a minor thing that I didn’t like. It didn’t lower my enjoyment of the book!
I loved Jack but I have to say that he wasn’t my favourite character. Kate stole my heart away!
Overall, Opposite of Always is a great new contemporary novel. If you loved Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda you will love this one as well.
And this is everything for the review! Have you read Opposite of Always? Or do you want to read it in the future? Please let me know in the comments below!