Title: Always Never Yours
Authors: Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release 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.
I was really excited to read this because upon reading the blurb on Goodreads, I immediately felt like I could relate to Megan when it comes to love & relationships. Megan is “the girl before” since all of her past boyfriends find their true love after dating her. (ouch!)
This was such a cute and fluffy read! I loved the theater setting/how the authors modernized the story of Romeo and Juliet. This book has great characters too and it’s really hard not to relate to any of them. You might have even met a Will or a Tyler at some point in your dating life. (Sending you a virtual high-five if your answer is yes! haha!)
This book is for all the Megans/Rosalines aka “The girl before” out there who felt that they’re not good enough that’s why their Romeo easily replaced them with Juliet. Keep in mind that there will be an Owen, who will come in to your life that will choose and love you wholeheartedly and will never make you feel replaceable or an option!
“I’m not the girl in the center of the stage at the end of a love story. I’m the girl before, the girl guys date right before they find their true love. Every one of my relationships ends exactly the same.”
“But the truth is, I have no reason to hope I won’t be playing this role forever. To hope one day I’ll be the one chosen and not just the girl before.”
“You can’t lose yourself over every problem, hurt, or wrong someone’s committed you. Bad things happen. You fix your eyes on the future, and you move on.”
Soundtrack: One Sweet Love by Sara Bareilles
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About the Authors:
Emily Wibberley grew up in Southern California, but instead of working on her nonexistent tan at the beach, she spent her time reading, making music and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Shortly after falling for her best friend, Austin Siegemund-Broka, she attended Princeton University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014 with a degree in Psychology. She and Austin now live and write YA contemporary together. Their debut, Always Never Yours, will be published by Penguin Books in Summer 2018.
Austin Siegemund-Broka cowrites YA contemporary with Emily Wibberley. His debut with Wibberley, ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, publishes from Puffin/Speak in 2018.
A former journalist in the entertainment industry, where he covered the courts and, yes, met a couple celebrities, he graduated from Harvard in 2014 with a degree in English and a focus on Shakespeare. When he’s not writing (or reading) YA, he enjoys combing every corner of contemporary music and watching Buffy with Emily.
He lives in Los Angeles.