Opposite of Always

Justin A. Reynolds

fiction contemporary romance young adult
adventurous fast-paced

464 pages | first published 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.

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emotional 69%
funny 62%
hopeful 49%
lighthearted 41%
sad 32%
adventurous 26%
reflective 22%
tense 22%
inspiring 15%
challenging 5%
informative 5%
mysterious 5%
relaxing 3%
dark 1%


medium 55%
fast 29%
slow 14%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 53% | Character: 30% | N/A: 7% | Plot: 7%

Strong character development?

Yes: 60% | No: 22% | It's complicated: 15% | N/A: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 70% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 10%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 6% | N/A: 4%

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