Opposite of Always

Opposite of Always

Book - 2019
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After falling for Kate, her unexpected death sends Jack back in time to the moment they first met, but he soon learns that his actions have consequences when someone else close to him dies
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062748379
Characteristics: 457 pages ; 22 cm


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Gr 8 Up – A uniquely twisted love story involving time travel, death, and friendship. Sparks fly when Jack and Kate meet at a party, but their love affair ends unexpectedly when Kate dies suddenly. Jack uses his newfound time-traveling ability to save her. This “meet cute” blends elements of clas... Read More »

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JCLBrittanyC Sep 02, 2020

I reached for this book because one of my favorite booktubers (Polandbananabooks) picked it for her book-plosion book of the month. Maybe, I put too much pressure on book groups, but I mean I kind of expected greatness, and my thoughts are meh. For starters, this follows Jack King who meets Kate while on a college tour and is immediately smitten. Turns out Kate is sick, and Jack finds himself stuck in a time loop, reliving their 4 months together. Typically, I am a lover of the love plot, but I think the other stories present in this were just so much stronger, and I wanted more from those. I will say, I love the voice in this story, there are times when Jack speaks directly to the reader, and I love that. There is definitely your fair share of teen cringe, but isn’t that expected. Overall, I loved the characters, but felt some sections drug, and the ending just left me wanting more (even thought it was 450 pages!!!). I don’t know very mixed feelings, but if you have others on your “to read” list, go for those first. 3 stars.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jun 08, 2020

What if you had the opportunity to relive the same few months of your life over and over again so that you could get that first romantic relationship just right? Think "Groundhog's Day" meets teen romance. An African American rom com with very little in the way of racial trauma.

VaughanPLShelly Aug 08, 2019

Jack meets Kate at a party and instantly knows that they have a strong relationship. However, Kate falls ill and passes away a few months later. On the night of her death, Jack goes back in time to the moment when they first met. The characters were so well-written and the writing was captivating. I highly recommend this one for fans of John Green!

SPPL_TKBTeenChoice Jun 26, 2019

From TKB Teen Stella: The most compelling aspect of the book was definitely the time travel. I loved watching Jack go back in time, every time bringing him a little father away from his real life. I was disappointed, however, with the characters in the book, I just don’t think they were very well developed, and there could have been more backstory at the beginning.

Tigard_HollyCP Apr 06, 2019

My favorite book I’ve read so far this year. High school senior Jack Ellison and his best friend of many years, Jillian, are visiting the college they will attend next year. Jack sits on some pee-stained stairs pining for her and envying his other best friend, Franny, who also happens to be dating her. “Excuse me, man, but you’re sort of damming up the steps.” And there the story truly begins. And begins again. And begins again. The source of that voice is Kate. And Jack’s life will never be the same with her now in it. This tale of friendship, romance, family, grief, making things right, and yes, time travel (!) will keep you turning pages. It’s not very often I read a YA book whose protagonist has such a supportive family and positive outlook on life without it seeming unauthentic or cheesy (although believe me, there is plenty of “cheese” in this book). And on top of that, it’s an #ownvoices book.

Chapel_Hill_KarinM Mar 29, 2019

All the heart eyes for this book, which is a love story, and a sad story, and a story with an unusual plot structure (a la Groundhog Day). Super-romantic, and funny, and diverse (#ownvoices). Loved it.


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Tigard_HollyCP Apr 06, 2019

Only I'm learning that sometimes it's not what you say that matters most. Or not even what you *don't* say. Those things are cool, helpful even. But it's about doing. Do something. Do anything. Do what you can and then when it feels like you've done all you could, do more.

Tigard_HollyCP Apr 06, 2019

"There's a beaver-colony-level gnawing happening in my stomach that I can't shake. It's as though my stomach is made of the most tender *whatever wood that beavers love most*. The choicest wood that male beavers send to the female beavers of their affection. And these beavers are going to town in my stomach, because they haven't seen this amount of sweet-ass lumber in a long time and they are taking full advantage of this new haul before it disappears." I think that's the best description of anxiety I have ever heard in my life! And if you don't fall in love with Justin A. Reynolds because of the rest of his writing, this quote just might do it.


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Nov 28, 2020

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