Always Never Yours - Emily Wibberley
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.
A thoroughly enjoyable read!
This is my second book by this author and I love it more than the last one. This book has one of my favorite tropes - where the guy/or girl has a crush on someone and they seek the help of a third person for dating tips and end up falling for the third person instead!
Always Never yours follows the story of Megan who is a budding play director and needs acting credit to enter her dream college. She doesn't enjoy the spotlight and so is surprised when she lands the role of Juliet in the Romeo and Juliet play. Thankfully our main lead isn't Romeo... because that would be too cliche and ruin the fun of the book !
Owen is a writer. He loves to write song lyrics and is also in the play as a side character.
I loved both the characters in the book. Megan is flirtatious, bold and has a forgiving nature. Owen is shy, sweet and smart.
They both become closer when Megan seeks out Owen to help her catch the interest of his friend Ben.
At first I almost dropped this book because I'm not the greatest fan of shy guys. I like them confident and bold. But Owen quickly won me over and I loved their pair. They are actually perfect for each other!
With well paced writing, this story flows effortlessly. I couldn't put it down! The chemistry between the leads is strong and their growth throughout the book was awe-inspiring.
A romance with a whole lot of substance, pick this up of you're looking for a cute friends to lovers YA standalone with well developed characters and a maybe-slow burn.
The story is written in Megan's POV only. I did hope we could have had a dual pov because I really wanted to know Owens mind and what he thought and felt at numerous points in the book.
Also, I wasn't the biggest fan that they cheated. Owen was still with Cosima (long distance girlfriend) when the characters first kiss. He does break up with his gf immediately after but that still doesn't make it okay.
Tiny bits here and there are what really made me knock off the star but not enough to take away from the amazing story of this book!
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