Opposite of Always by Justin A Reynolds | Review

Title: Opposite of Always

Author: Justin A. Reynolds

Publisher: MyKindaBook/Pan Macmillan

Published: 4th April 2019

ISBN: 9781509870042

Series: Standalone

Pages: 320

Edition: ARC

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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. 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.

Thank you to My Kinda Book / Pan Macmillan for sending me an arc copy of this book for free!

I wanted to enjoy this one but sadly it just wasn’t really my type of contemporary book. This is Justin A. Reynolds debut book about Jack and Kate and their story.

Jack and Kate meet at a party and instantly there is a connection, they get to know each other and she meets Jack’s best friends but then suddenly Kate dies but instead of Jack grieving over her and carrying on his life he’s thrown back to the beginning of their story, back to the party to relive it over again and to try and make different choices to save Kate. But sometimes Jack’s choices to try and save Kate changes things between him and his best friends.

For me, like I said, this one just wasn’t for me, I got bored of the story and I feel really heartless saying this to be honest 😂 I know that a lot of people really loved this story but I’m not one of the biggest contemporary readers and I think because of the time travel/dying part of this is why it wasn’t for me, I’m more into the contemporaries that have major love stories and mental health stories like Holly Bourne’s books and Sara Barnard’s etc. so I think that’s part of the reason I just didn’t really enjoy this one so much, this book wouldn’t be one I’d go out of my way to purchase if I saw it in the store.

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