Friday, June 8, 2018

Review: Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-BrokaAlways Never Yours
by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
May 22, 2018
352 pages

Goodreads     Indigo

Goodreads Summary:
Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are, and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.

But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. No–a disaster. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script.

Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story?


My nerdy little heart is always on the lookout for cute high school love stories so when I heard about Always Never Yours I knew I had to read it. The book was a huge drama fest but it does leave me feeling fulfilled.

Our main character, Megan, dealt with all sorts of problems in her last year of high school: family matters, friend troubles and relationship issues. You name it, she's got it. I can't say I was a fan of all the complications but the story portrayed her teenage woes in a realistic manner. Every action always had a reaction and some consequences attached. I cringed so many times but cheered often too.

Megan doesn't beat around the bushes. I loved her straightforward attitude. Not only does she know what she wants, she goes for it. I admire her confidence (especially in knowing exactly what she wants to do after high school). She's made some poor decisions but a girl who knows when to fight and when to ask for forgiveness deserves a second chance.

I thought Megan's family drama could've used more page time. Her all-over-the-place feelings regarding her two families and having them come together felt very authentic. Given her age it was a big deal. A very confusing and conflicting time for her. Considering the build up in Megan's emotions I wasn't as easily soothed as she turned out to be.

Owen Okita was the sweetest boy! His friendship with Megan felt effortless. It was adorable seeing him all flustered from her relentless teasing. I love how he eventually was able to counter her with some flirty banter too. They were so natural together it was cute! Also, he never gave up on her even when she did (give up on herself). Big points for that.

Always Never Yours may be filled with drama but it is lighthearted and good-natured. I can totally imagine the book being adapted into a Netflix teen flick. It will most definitely become a hit ;)

4 Cats
*I received a finished copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and not affected in any way.

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