25 Jul 2018

#Review: ALWAYS NEVER YOURS by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka


Authors: Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
Series: N/A
Source: Finished Copy via Publisher
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Rating: 4/5 stars

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?
Disclaimer: I received a finished copy of this book from the publisher. This in no way impacts my opinion.

I absolutely adored this one. There was so much goodness in Megan and her story. I loved the unabashed discussions around sex and sexuality. I also really connected to all the characters in this one. I highly recommend it! What a stellar debut novel.

I liked the theatre aspects and seeing a different side of it than we typically do. Megan wants to be a director, not taking centre stage or being in the spotlight. And this follows into all aspects of her life - she is always looking to shy away from being thrust into the limelight and I loved it!

Megan was such an interesting and amazing character. She deals with so much throughout the story including family drama, friend drama, and learning how to love herself. I connected to her so completely and I can't imagine how much I would have loved to read this book when I was in high school. I liked how Megan was so unapologetically herself in some regards. She was very open and honest about sex and took control of that and her relationships. I absolutely loved her.

This was such a cute story too! It seems really simple: girl befriends boy and it takes them a while to figure their stuff out, but it was so much more than that. There was so much to this one and every page was amazing. It felt like a longer book than it was even though it wasn't a long book because it felt like the right amount of time spent throughout the book.

If you want to pick up one of the debut novels for this year, I recommend this one! I loved how sex positive it was, that Megan was so unapologetic, and the quickness of it.

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