Hi All! It’s Becky. I’m a huge time travel fan. I love the books, I love the movies, and I even love the television shows (Quantum Leap will always hold a special place in my heart). I was thrilled when I found Opposite of Always on Overdrive because it promised to be a fun time travel adventure. Unfortunately, the story just didn’t work for me. Here are my thoughts.
Title: Opposite of Always
Author: Justin A. Reynolds
Note: I listened to the audio book.
Summary: Jack King loves Kate, the beautiful girl he met at a college party during a campus visit weekend. He knows that they are meant to spend the rest of their lives together. Then Kate dies and Jack travels back in time to try to save her. Jack may fail but he won’t give up even if that means reliving the same few months forever.
Review: I wanted to love this book, I really did but I barely got to like with this one. The description promised to be a time travel romance but the time travel felt a little too spread out making it feel like a drawn out realistic fiction novel pretending to be a time travel adventure. I understand the importance of characters and plot in a science fiction however the fact that Jack spent many, many pages in each of his time loops made the book feel slow. Plus, while Reynolds did a fine job developing his secondary characters I never got to know Jack well enough to care about him or his mission. Kate, Franny, and Jillian were great characters who jumped off the page but Jack just kind of felt flat. Adding to all that is that fact that throughout the book several characters had dialog that didn’t quite fit almost as the author was using more complicated words then needed and felt jarring. I really wanted this to be one of my new favorite books unfortunately it never moved beyond just okay for me.
Final Rating: 2.5 out of 5