ARC Review: Opposite of Always

“Don’t be afraid. Take chances. And when those don’t work out, take more”

Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Format: e-ARC
Release Date: March 5, 2019

Thank you Katherine Tegen Books for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!


35380157Jack 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.

The Verdict

This book will make for an excellent movie one day, and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if we hear this will be turned into a movie shortly after the book is released. With that being said, I honestly, think this will work better as a movie rather than a book. The story goes like this… Jack meets Kate at a party, they instantly hit it off and their relationship begins, Kate dies, Jack time travels back to meeting Kate for the first time over and over again with the opportunity to change something and help save her life, only every time something else in his life goes awry…. annnnnd repeat. The premise is SO GOOD, but as a book it gets a tad bit repetitive.

Before you let that deter you from picking this up let me just say if you are looking for an excellent character driven story do not pass this up. This story has such amazing characters who are almost all POC, and the two main characters Jack and Kate are both black. From the friendship, to the family dynamics, to the romance, you’ll find yourself with a big ol’ grin on your face because it’s such a genuinely heartfelt and witty story (plus this banter deserves an A++). For the friendship and the family dynamics alone this book is so easy to read in one sitting and will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.

This book is so much more than a love story, it’s about the choices we make and the consequences we have to deal with for those choices. It’s about how every choice we make opens a new door and possibility at life. It’s about failing and never giving up. It’s about how hiding things to protect others can only end up hurting them even more. It’s jut about so many different things. I loved how each time Jack got a redo with Kate we got to see how one tiny action on Jack’s part meant life or death for Kate and could also potentially ruin his longtime friendship with Jillian and Franny. As far as the ending of the story goes I feel just okay about it, but I enjoyed this so much more for the life lessons this book talks about rather than the romance.

Favorite Quotes

“The thing is, you don’t forfeit your whole world to prove your feelings to someone. You bring your worlds together. You get more world, not less.”

“Nothing good in life comes easy, but it’s about deciding each day that you will stick with it. You choose to stay, to work heard, to love, and you keep choosing.”

“You can try your hardest to change something – exhaust every possibility – and sometimes it’s still not enough. But almost means were there. You did all you could. “

“It’s odd – you put so much time and energy into something, and then it’s over, a new thing already forming in it’s place.”

All in all, despite my 3.5 rating this was still an excellent book for a debut author and I can’t wait to read more of the authors work in the future. If you’re looking a unique love story with amazing friendships and even more amazing side characters then mark your TBR’s, friends! This one hits the shelves March 5th and is sure to leave a grin on your face for weeks to come.

P.S.- I really do want this to be turned into a movie, I’d be the first person on line to see it.

Until next time,


9 thoughts on “ARC Review: Opposite of Always

  1. Ooooh, I’m so glad you enjoyed this even if it wasn’t perfect. I have an eARC waiting on me that I’m hoping to get to soon, and while I can definitely see how the premise would make it repetitive (that’s a concern I had when I requested it), it makes me happy to hear that the characters are so lovable, anyways!


  2. I’ve seen this for request on NetGalley but I passed it up because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to handle the emotions that come with it knowing that a character dies haha but I totally get what you mean about it being repetitive as a book. I agree it would definitely translate better as a movie. I’d totally watch it if it was one! Great review.


    1. Honestly, it really wasn’t sad!. I had requested this because the synopsis reminded me of Looking for Alaska which is my favorite book, so I was expecting it to be super sad but it wasn’t. Majority of the time I was actually smiling and laughing while reading this, so if the synopsis does sound interesting to you I would definitely tell you to give a try, you might be surprised 😉


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