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ARC Review: Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Opposite of Always

Author: Justin A. Reynolds // Published: March 12, 2019



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 Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for sending a review copy in exchange for an honest review.


“Remember me, remember us, as a time of day.”


Okay, I haven’t read many contemporaries but oh my goodness you have no idea how much I loved this!!

Jack Ellison King is absolutely my favorite character in this entire book. More than anyone else. The sweetest most brilliant person to ever exist. He was funny, lovable, caring and just downright amazing.

Now I probably should move on before I write three whole paragraphs on why Jack King is an amazing main character. The story was absolutely intriguing. I loved every bit of it. Towards the end it felt a bit repetitive but even then this book was already on my favorites list. I haven’t laughed this hard in a long while. The book was witty, fun and heartfelt.

Jack makes multiple attempts at changing events. Each attempt leaves something amiss in Jack’s life. The most important part of all this was him trying to find the balance between all the things that he holds dear. In a way this is about Jack’s love life but it also is a lot more than that. It also includes his friendship with his two best friends, Jillian and Franny, and his parents. I loved the mix of contemporary/romance/sci-fi vibes that I got.

I loved Jillian and Franny just as much as Jack and Kate. Jack’s parents were also so very supportive and understanding, and the book just left me so warm and fuzzy. I loved the representation and I loved the whole dynamic of the story. I would recommend this to everyone! Every single reader out there to pre-order a copy of this wonderful book.







Justin a. reynolds has been a pest control operator, night security guard, steel mill janitor, NASA intern, salesman of high-end faucet fixtures, and carpet-flooring installer. He was most recently a registered nurse, before trading his stethoscope for a pencil, but likes to think both instruments reveal the heart. He lives in northeast Ohio, home to snow, Lake Erie, and the Cavaliers.



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13 thoughts on “ARC Review: Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

  1. Lovely review! I’m so happy you enjoyed that one so much,it is one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 for sure, it sounds AMAZING! ❤


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