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?
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Hey there, fellow readers! Today, I’ll be reviewing Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka. Now, I remember seeing this book on Goodreads last year and knew I had to read it! The premise just sounded so intriguing! And I loved the fact that it covered theatre, since I love reading about the performing arts. Luckily, this book didn’t get lost in my TBR pile!
One thing I could say about this book is that I really sympathized with the protagonist. Megan wants love, but at the same time, believes herself to be “the girl before”, never to fall in love herself, but help others fall in love. Even though this “curse” seemed a bit of a stretch for a contemporary novel (it could honestly be a legitimate thing in fantasy, though), I imagine that this sort of thinking might help her cope with the fact that she’s getting dumped for true love’s sake. At least, that’s what I saw in the case of her best friend, Madeleine, who got together with one of Megan’s exes. It kind of sucked that she didn’t stick up for herself until near the end of the novel; that she actually does deserve to be happy, whether in a romantic relationship or with her family ties. But this is where her core development lied, so it’s understandable.
Also, I liked that, for the most part, the novel portrayed positive relationships between Megan and her family members. In the beginning, she feels out of sorts with where she belongs, and throughout the novel, she tries to figure out her place in her ever-expanding family. But no one tries to shut her out or make her feel less important intentionally. In fact, it’s the opposite, which I felt was a nice change to some of the dynamics I’ve seen in the past when it came to divorce, family, new partners, and children.
Overall, this novel was a good read, although it did leave me with a few loose ends. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet contemporary novel! And if you have any thoughts on Always Never Yours, I’d be happy to hear them!
Take care, everyone!