Book Review #226
Title: Always Never Yours
Authors: Emily Wibberly & Austin Siegemund-Broka
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Shouldn’t a girl get to star in her own love story?
Seventeen-year-old Megan Harper is about due for her next sweeping romance. It’s inevitable—each of her relationships starts with the perfect guy and ends with him falling in love . . . with someone else. But instead of feeling sorry for herself, Megan focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theater, and fulfilling her dream college’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.
So when she’s cast as Juliet (yes, that Juliet) in her high school’s production, it’s a complete nightmare. Megan’s not an actress, and she’s used to being upstaged—both in and out of the theater. In fact, with her mom off in Texas and her dad remarried and on to baby #2 with his new wife, Megan worries that, just like her exes, her family is moving on without her.
Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright inspired by Rosaline from Shakespeare’s R+J. A character who, like Megan, knows a thing or two about short-lived relationships. Megan agrees to help Owen with his play in exchange for help catching the eye of a sexy stagehand/potential new boyfriend. Yet Megan finds herself growing closer to Owen, and wonders if he could be the Romeo she never expected.
In their fresh and funny debut, Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka break down the high school drama to find there’s always room for familial love, romantic love, and—most importantly—self-love.
This one is a Young Adult story that highlights on discovering yourself, seeing through people and so much more. It has love, humour and a whole lot of Shakespeare references regarding Romeo & Juliet.
I like that this story isn’t that cliche. Megan isn’t like any other protagonist that I’ve read about because she seems to be so fierceless in every aspect of her life, including romance. She won’t hesitate to take charge and focus on what she wants.
There a few characters that you really have to venture through and understand them better in order to really see them for who they truly are. I wasn’t going to root for Megan to be with Will, he’s always seem a bit off to me and this goes the same with Tyler. Madeleine on the other hand, I just want to sympathise her because she deserves better than that. I love that they included about family, how important they are in our lives and telling the raw and honest truth.
This was a great story with great potential that could capture the reader’s hearts but I’m afraid, I didn’t like this book as much as I hope I would’ve.