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Opposite of Always

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Boy tries to stop girl's death in romantic time-travel tale.

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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

The end is not satisfying

Overall, I was disappointed with this novel. Likable characters and an intriguing plot kept me reading. Despite increasing swearing I kept reading thinking “it’s going to be a good ending.” Only it wasn’t. More bad language at the end and a very dissatisfying no-denouement. Meaning the author did not take the time or thought to tie up the loose ends with the time travel theory. I cannot recommend this book but hope for other more fully-formed ideas from author Justin A Reynolds.

Is It Any Good?

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This bittersweet, poetic time-traveling teen romance shows a boy struggling to prevent his girlfriend's death from serious illness. Inspired by the death of a close friend, author Justin A. Reynolds has written an intriguing fantasy about the possibility of a do-over, a chance to go back in time and do something -- anything -- to bring a loved one back to life. Opposite of Always benefits from this emotional foundation. It's easy to empathize with Jack's feelings, from his infatuation with his best friend's girl, Jillian, to his respect for his parents, to his love for Kate and his desperation not to lose her.

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