Always Never Yours by Emily WibberleyAlways Never Yours by Emily Wibberley

Always Never Yours

byEmily Wibberley, Austin Siegemund-broka

Hardcover | May 22, 2018

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"Every page bursts with humor, squee-inducing romance, and an abiding sense of the deep love and joy of its two writers . . .  Always Never Yours is a necessary, feel-good addition to the YA canon.”—Entertainment Weekly

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 theater, 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. 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 star in her own love story?
Austin and Emily met in high school and fell in love over a shared passion for Shakespeare. Austin went on to study English at Harvard so he could continue to impress Emily with his literary analysis, while Emily studied adolescent psychology at Princeton. They live in Los Angeles, where they've combined their interests and decided to ...
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Title:Always Never YoursFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.56 × 5.75 × 1.19 inPublished:May 22, 2018Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:045147984X

ISBN - 13:9780451479846

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unexpected I received a copy of this book at no charge and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion. I had not heard of this book before and was not expecting much from it. What I found was a pleasant surprise. Set with the back drop of a Shakespearian play (which I loved) the relationship between the main characters was adorable. I felt that Meagan, often referred to as the school slut/flirt was to me, more of a strong female character that had no apologies for the choices she made. I was taken in with the relationship between Megan and Owen and could not wait to see what we all knew was going to happen. This is a wonderful young adult book and a quick but pleasant read. I would recommend this for anyone that enjoys the guilty pleasures of reading this genre of book.
Date published: 2018-10-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dull This book's characters are some of the most annoying, whiny and horribly characters I have ever read. The main character is so incredibly selfish about everything, and never changes. Incredibly dull plot, and felt like a chore to read.
Date published: 2018-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner! Beware spoilers ahead! Trigger warning: Cheating, slut-shaming, mention of parental abandonment, mention of divorce, and aftereffects of divorce.  Always Never Yours was really hard to miss. Back in December 2017 it was everywhere. I was pulled in because of the synopsis and cover. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it! Megan is always the girl before. Over her high school years she's come to terms with that. After all her best friend Madeleine is dating her ex-boyfriend of six months Tyler. Regardless of the situation the two best friends are as close as ever. Megan's dream is to go to SOTI her favourite university. Thus far Megan has met the directing requirements. The only thing she needs is an acting credit. Jody (the drama teacher) is holding auditions for Romeo and Juliet. Megan has never acted before therefore she safely assumes that she'll have a small role. Much to Megan's surprise she is going to be Juliet.  I'm so happy that I liked this book! I was a bit hesitant at first but all in all it worked out. The book is written in first person following Megan's point of view. There are chapter numbers, text messages, and at the beginning off every chapter there are quotes from Romeo and Juliet. If I could describe this book in one word it would be 'Natural'. Always Never Yours felt so real! Everything just made sense in the way the story progressed. All the conflicts felt realistic and also in the way said conflicts were handled.  I thoroughly enjoyed the large emphasis on plays'! It wasn't just Shakespeare, Megan and her drama friends mention various plays. It was fun to read about Megan's directing experience and her skills. I really liked Megan! She wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted. Even if it meant her love life. I was surprised and pleased by how mature Megan was! She thought through conflicts realistically and didn't look to blame everyone but herself. Her friendship with Madeleine was amazing! They supported each other through and through. It was nice that Madeleine didn't judge Megan for her relationships. Owen was so sweet! His interactions with Megan were so good! They really saw through each other. The two start off as friends then gradually grow to be something more. It did take awhile and I enjoyed how slow-burn it was. Megan and Owen agree to help each other. Megan will help Owen with his play, while he will help Megan to get the attention off his friend Will. They really did bring out the best in each other. Their growth due to their relationship was amazing! Most off their conversations were so funny too! There was diversity! Owen was Japanese, Anthony black and gay, and Alyssa Spanish. Each of the characters identities were integrated so well into the story. You do have the chance to see Megan's exes. And see kind of a pattern with her relationships. Even in her new crush Will. It was interesting to see the difference between Megan's relationship with Tyler vs. Madeleine's. All the main characters' had fantastic development! It was nice to read about Anthony's relationship woes alongside Megan's. I liked how conflict arouse with her friends in the beginning of the book. Usually it happens towards the end but not here. Their conflicts made all them stronger and their relationships with one-another improved. I felt for all of them.  Family also played a huge role. Megan's parents are divorced. With her father remarried and half-siblings. Her mother was in a relationship, but Megan assumed her mother hadn't moved on from the divorce. She truly believed that she was replaceable. As Megan's step-mother was pregnant. Megan struggles with this for a majority of the book. I was happy when Megan realized she was wrong. I enjoyed reading about her relationships with each member off her family. Especially her half sister Erin.  I did have some problems with the book. I was pretty mad at Owen for cheating on his girlfriend. I can't believe it was Megan who had to remind him off Cosima! There was so much cheating. I didn't expect that at all. And despite Megan being comfortable with herself there were still people who slut-shamed her. I don't really know how to feel about the Alyssa situation. Part off it felt like a cop-out. Just an easy way for Megan to the opportunity to play Juliet. While I do understand that Alyssa cut it close to the checks, it just wasn't portrayed that well.  Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I recommend it for contemporary fans.
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS! This was a book I had my eye on before it was published, and when it finally was, I became nervous that I was hyping it up too much in my head. Joke's on me because I FRIGGIN' LOVED IT. Megan's a confident, flirty, unapologetic, go-getting lead character. All these characteristics would a lot of times have her labeled - unfairly - as the school slut in other books, but these authors show her respect and give her power and agency. Her friendship with Owen is the absolute sweetest and the banter and chemistry between the two is off the charts. I love how this book balances Megan's flirty encounters and the fun of her school's theatre production of Romeo and Juliet with tougher topics like her changing home life, her self-doubt when it comes to relationships, and her struggle with stepping center-stage for the first time. This book is adorable, messy, fun, clever, realistic, witty, and just HIGHLY enjoyable. You bet your butts I'm already eagerly anticipating this writing team's next books!!
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Load of Drama but FUN! 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 ;)
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Be Still My Heart I adored this book and I'm not even a fan of Shakespeare. Although all of the quotes and deep reflections on Shakespearean characters briefly gave me the urge to reread one of his plays. I wish I could be as assertive as Megan. Owen was the sweetest. I need someone like him in my life. Thought the part where Anthony got mad at Megan was blown out of proportion because she had nothing to do with his problem at all. Why was that a subplot.
Date published: 2018-06-06

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Always Never Yours:"This contemporary romance is equal parts swoony, delightful, and heartfelt with a refreshingly empowered main character that's sure to charm you all the way to the end."—Buzzfeed“Smart, Shakespearean, and packed with banter of the highest order, this book is a delight, and guaranteed to be one of my—and your—favorite rom-coms of the year."—BN Teen Blog"Perfect for the hopeless romantic."—POPSUGAR“An utterly charming story of love, family, heartbreak, and drama. I absolutely loved it!”—Morgan Matson, New York Times bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone"One of the best, most painfully real and hilarious portrayals of teen life that I've read. Kick-ass, poignant, achingly funny and spot on. This book has it all--a stand-up hero, strong friendships, witty banter, serious life questions. How do I love it? Let me count the ways."—Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door"In Always Never Yours, as in all of the best Shakespearean send-ups, the course of true love does not run smoothly, but it sure is swoony. You can't help but root for Megan, the novel's funny, bold, unapologetic and endearing heroine, as she struggles to learn that she too is brave enough to be the star of her own story."—Julie Buxbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things"Romance, humor, and a spunky heroine the Bard himself would surely get behind! Feminist readers will root for Megan on her complicated-but-charming quest for true love."—Micol Ostow, bestselling author of Mean Girls: A Novel with Tina Fey"Shakespeare fans, this book was written for you! The witty, seductive characters, the incredible plot — there is no doubt that all types of YA readers will find something to swoon over in this high school love story."—RT Reviews"A funny, roman­tic and memorable story.”—BookPage"Utterly binge-worthy, this is a story about the theater, a girl, and her hilarious yet heartbreaking love life . . .  Witty banter and endearing characters make this high school romance a delight to read.”—Brightly"A contemporary romantic comedy with wit, heart, and spot-on pacing."—Forever Young Adult"Real-life romantic partners Wibberley (the Last Oracle series) and Siegemund-Broka (making his YA debut) collaborated in this theater-centered novel . . . the coauthors wisely balance out the romance with family drama, and Megan’s commitment to a future life in the theater will please readers who share a similar love of Shakespeare and want a little romance to go with their drama"—Publishers Weekly"Megan and Owen’s flirty, whip-smart banter is irresistible, and it’s refreshing to see a swoonworthy Asian male love interest . . . Charming characters and an enchanting exploration of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy make this debut a must-read."—Kirkus Reviews"A delightful, light romance readers won’t be able to put down."—SLJ"It is refreshing to see a female character portrayed as fearless and comfortable with her own physicality . . . Supporting characters include a realistically diverse group of friends, and their interactions are authentic. Fans of Jenny Han and Kasie West will root for Megan’s happiness.—VOYA