Release Date: 5th March 2019
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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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.
Opposite of Always is a very hyped book, and I can see why. I read it back in February, and as someone who’s not normally a fan of romance and main characters who are all about their romantic relationships, I ended up really enjoying it.
What hooked me was the promise of a Groundhog Day time travel loop. Jack (Jack King… lol), our main character, is stuck in a loop to try to save his girlfriend from dying. I absolutely love books and movies about time travel and parallel universes, which is why I requested this one.
I have to admit, Jack’s relationship with Kate is kind of insta-lovey, but that can be forgiven because the more I saw of them, the better I felt about it. Their relationship developed a lot better than I thought it would at the beginning, and getting glimpses into it over and over again really helped.
What I liked most about Opposite of Always was the way Justin Reynolds handled the other relationships. The relationships that Jack had with his friends and his family were the best part. Reynolds really showed how important it is to include everyone in your life, and not to shut people out. These relationships are just as important as any other relationship if you’re surrounded by good people, and the book teaches appreciation and respect. I had a lot of time for that.
Opposite of Always is a fast paced ride, and I had a lot of fun reading it. It got a bit emotional, but it was definitely worth the tears.