Contemporary, Young Adult

Keeping It Light and Sweet // Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka


Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
Publisher: Speak (May 22, 2018)
Review copy provided by Times Reads

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.

Rating 4

Ever since I laid eyes on the cover of Always Never Yours, it was love at first sight. Yes, it may seem like I am similar to a broken record, always professing my love for book covers, but you can’t deny that it’s one hell of an adorable cover. As I am always down for retellings of classics, I felt like I couldn’t give Always Never Yours a miss, considering that the story is loosely based on Shakespeare, which I thought was quite cleverly incorporated into the story.

Always Never Yours follows the story of Megan who has never been lucky with love and it’s about damn time she is caught in a sweeping romance. *insert big heart-eyed emojis* But much to her disappointment, the universe has never been kind to her.

As an aspiring director, Megan has her sights on going to film school and pursuing directing and they only thing standing in her way is her dream college’s acting requirement. I did mention that the universe has never been kind to her, didn’t I? Well, your girl ends up landing the role of Juliet Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. Such cruel irony, to be playing the leading lady in one of the most well-known tragic love stories.

Well, what you can expect from Always Never Yours is that it’s definitely a love story. But there’s nothing wrong with wanting a bit of love and romance that would sweep you off of your feet, am I right? Reading Always Never Yours was such a treat for me and I recall reading it with fondness because it was so darn cute. It’s everything I would expect and want from a romantic comedy and the fact that it centres on theatre in school? Count me in, friend!

As a protagonist, I liked Megan because though she puts up a brave front, she’s actually quite different as you peel back the layers she wraps herself in. I appreciated the fact that Siegemund-Broka and Wibberley gave such vulnerability in Megan’s character and I liked how readers will see her character growth throughout the book.

However, the star of Always Never Yours would be the leading man. I had so many gushy feels for Owen Okita, who is the very definition of a cinnamon roll. Adorable, funny and utterly charming from the first time we meet him, I was shipping Megan and Owen hard. The chemistry between the both of them were off the charts and there were more than several instances where I found myself smiling and grinning to myself when I was blessed by their witty banter and cheeky flirtation.

All in all, Always Never Yours is a fun-filled, romantic story about a girl who not only finds love, but she also finds herself—as cliched as it may sound—and that was one of the reasons why I enjoyed it so much. If you’re looking for something light and sweet to sink your teeth into, look no further because Always Never Yours satisfied my craving like a deliciously decadent macaron.


4 thoughts on “Keeping It Light and Sweet // Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka”

  1. I’m so happy you read and liked this one, Kevin! I read this book a couple months ago and fell in love with it. This story was too adorable and the characters’ chemistry and just…. I don’t know, it made me smile and gave me the warm fuzzy feelings haha, I loved it SO much :)
    Wonderful review! :)


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