The Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds is a contemporary take of living the same day over and over again. My mind automatically went to Groundhog Day or one of those cheesy Christmas movies where you repeat the day over an over again. In this instance, Jack is living his relationship with Kate in many different ways over the course of months.
Jack King is our main character and he meets Kate in a moment that could have amounted to nothing. A moment that was there for a split second, you blink, and it is gone. We get to see this moment in a few different ways and not all of them were good. Most of them end tragically while watch their love story unfold many times.
It is heartbreaking to watch Jack lose Kate over and over again. Only to have relive it in a brand new way. Even the time he can’t live through it again, he still tries to do anything to save her. He sells his car, place a sports team to win a lot of money, and loses his best friends in the process.
He tries something new each time, but it always ends the same. He ignores her, but does everything he can and still has to live their months again. He accepted losing her and had to live it all over again. There were so many beautifully written lifetimes that the author wrote and it made the ending so unsatisfying.
It doesn’t need to be wrapped up in a pretty little bow, but there was no resolution. He’s stuck in this loop and it makes me anxious just thinking about it. He is growing, but not aging with himself.
What really brought this book down by half a star is the ending. It seems that he is stuck in a never ending loop and it felt really unfinished. So I’m giving this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I did fluctuate about giving it four after I had thought on this for a while, but I enjoyed the book so much.