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About the Author
- File size : 1629 KB
- Publication date : March 5, 2019
- Print length : 451 pages
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books; Reprint edition (March 5, 2019)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B078GLLDPP
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #194,300 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I especially loved the beginning, the first chapter where he's in his PJs and sneaking into a hospital with a needle in his arm, and you have NO IDEA what's happening but you know it's bad and you can just sense his desperation and grief and hysteria. That was fantastic. A really great beginning to a book that, unfortunately, just went downhill from there.
Like I said, the concept is cool. The execution...not the best.
I had a few issues with it:
- He fell in love really quickly.
- He was ready to disconnect and throw away all that he loves and cares for, and distance himself from his family and loved ones for a girl he just met.
- Why would she go playing with this boy's heart knowing she has a terminal illness? When are we going to stop with that storyline, it's getting so old.
- The illness factor was extremely dragged to the point that it got annoying. Like why was it such a big secret?
- She has a terminal illness, with no known cure, why would he assume he could save her...over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again? Like...why?
- Giving the character an illness was such a bad move in my opinion. It would have been more interesting if she died for other reasons...hit by a car, or drowned in a lake, or poisoned, or choked on a carrot stick or something. It would've made going back in time over and over again a lot to save her a lot more feasible.
- The going back in time eventually got old halfway through the book. There's only so many time a person goes back to live the same exact thing before you get bored of it. It was like reading the same story 5 or 6 different times with a few differences.
Overall...I think there were several aspects that could have definitely been executed better.
I'm so freaking glad I liked this book because I met the author at a signing and he was awesome and we fangirled about our mutual favorite movie, About Time, which this book definitely has some similarities to. From then, it was super high on my TBR, and I finally read it a few months later! (Which is pretty good for me because many of my books stay on my TBR for years lol)
It was so good!!!!
It was funny, meaningful, and adorable. I freaking love all the characters. Jack and Kate have amazing chemistry and I ship them so hard. Jack, Franny, and Jill's friendship is so sweet and wholesome. And I love Jack's parents omg. It was just such a unique story that was so well executed and needed to be told. So glad I read this one, and I highly recommend it!
My wife told me that she's never seen me read a book this quickly. I think I can only think of one other that I may have read this fast.
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I love the idea of time travel. I watched a film a few months ago, sadly my fish memory doesn't remember the name of it, but it went something like this:
It's the main character's birthday morning. She wakes up, goes to school, has an amazing day and even better there's a party happening in the evening where everyone is invited to. The party is a success, but on their way home the car they're in crashes and kills everyone. But that's not the end. The girl wakes up to an alarm and the same morning is happening again.. so she needs to work out what to do differently to get out of the time loop.
Opposite of Always is very similar in it's context. A perfect mixture of The Fault in Our Stars and Groundhog Day. But it's also so much more than time travel. In fact there's not even much emphasis on it. Reynolds has hit the nail on the head of what's it like to be a teenager, the daily struggles and worries and he has written it all in an easy, humorous way. It's hard not to like the book!
To have a story that's simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, moving, smart and most of all memorable is a breath of fresh air amongst the thrillers that I normally reach for.
Jack Attack, Jack King - my absolute hero.
5* out of 5!
altogether good storyline. goes on for too long. dislike ending