Reviews for Opposite of Always, by Justin A. Reynolds

batmads's review against another edition

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5.0

Great read! It was interesting and engaging throughout, and it was cool to see the butterfly effect play out--how little changes could cause a big effect, and to see how long it can take sometimes to figure out how to balance our priorities and get things right.

greenlivingaudioworm's review against another edition

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4.0

"I've always loved reading. But there aren't a lot of books about kids like me. And I just think every kid deserves a book that looks like them."

I'm not usually a big fan of books that involve time travel, but this one was cute! Jack King was the perfect narrator for this story: funny, insightful, and down-to-earth. Each time he traveled back in time, he made decisions + mistakes that made perfect sense for an eighteen-year-old. This book made me question the types of decisions I would have made if I was 18 and thrown my own time loop. I can't imagine living the same four months over and over again, but Jack's narration made it significantly more enjoyable than Groundhog Day. [a:Justin A. Reynolds|16974988|Justin A. Reynolds|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1527422167p2/16974988.jpg] writes in a way that reminds me of [a:Becky Albertalli|7579036|Becky Albertalli|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1392414949p2/7579036.jpg] or [a:Rainbow Rowell|4208569|Rainbow Rowell|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1342324527p2/4208569.jpg]. Overall this was a very enjoyable story.

This book would be best suited for high school classrooms due to the references to drinking and other college activities.

_skyler's review

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adventurous emotional hopeful reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.75

promisedlostboy's review

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emotional funny reflective sad medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

Okay so I really loved this book.... But something just doesn't feel right, like I'm missing something... I guess I just needed a little extra 'oomph!'... I think the quickest way to describe my feeling towards it is that I absolutely loved the journey, more than most books, but the destination was kinda underwhelming for me... Does that make any sense?

reyastray's review

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emotional hopeful inspiring fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

solid 4 stars!! i read this all in one day which is VERY fast for me at this time. i didn’t really like the writing style at first, i found it very stereotypical ya contemporary with too-funny (not funny, actually quite unrealistic) dialogue, pop culture references on every page, trying too hard to make the main character sound like a teenager and he ended up just not sounding like a real person. HOWEVER. this was only really an issue for the first bit of the book, and then i got used to it and the book was so much more than that. overall i enjoyed it!! it was really sweet and meaningful.

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nehainwonderland's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.0

merlinereads's review against another edition

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4.0

10/10 would die for this friend group. Only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because I got tired of the time travel replays. i just don't like time travel. Review to come.

marineb09's review against another edition

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3.0

Not as good as I wanted it to be.
I loved the idea ... the first part was semi-great but after reading the same thing 5 times over you just got sick of it all ... at least for me.

fawnbytheriver's review

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emotional funny inspiring sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5