Like Never And Always by Ann Aguirre


Goodreads Summary:On a hot summer night, a screech of brakes and shattering glass changes two lives forever.

Liv wakes in the hospital, confused when they call her Morgan. She assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity, yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face in the mirror anymore. It’s her best friend Morgan’s.

Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life, yet Liv must navigate endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that feels like a betrayal. Torn between the boy she loved as Liv and the boy she’s grown to love as Morgan, Liv still has to survive Morgan’s last request

My Rating:4/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:

Honestly I think some of my favorite books to read are those that maybe aren’t the most edifying or deep but are just really fun and grab me in and don’t let go until the very end. I don’t believe in guilty pleasure reads: if you enjoy reading it you shouldn’t be guilty about it. My reading tastes are so eclectic that one day I’m reading a classic and the next I’m reading the fluffiest contemporary out there and I don’t hold one to a higher standard than the other. I love all books regardless of genre or content.  All this to say that Like Never and Always was such a wild ride and I’ve honestly hadn’t had that much fun reading a book in a long time. It was a total blast and if you’re in the mood for a great page turner this is the book for you. No it wasn’t life changing but I  enjoyed every second it so at the end of the day I think that’s all that counts.

One of the really great things about this book is that it is constantly throwing twists and turns at you. You think you know where the book is going and then it just does a complete 180. Pretty much every chapter ends on a cliffhanger so if you’re going to read this book, you better clear your schedule because you’re not going to want to put it down.  While Like Never and Always does remind me of a couple of books I’ve read, it does something completely different and unique and will definitely surprise you.  I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where a girl wakes up in her best friend’s body.More than once I had to put the book down just so I could process what I had just read.  I

I really liked all of the characters, and there was definitely some really interesting dynamics.  I liked how how though Morgan was popular, she wasn’t depicted as a completely vapid girl and had a genuine passion for the arts. I also really appreciated Liv’s love or science and liked seeing her persevere despite obstacles and all the other problems she had to deal with.I also surprisingly really liked the romance in this book. I really misjudged the love interest at first but once I grew to know him, I really loved him. I love the trope of bad boys who are actually softies.

I only have two problems with this book. The first being is that it was hella white and hella straight beside the token gay character and a couple of PoC minor minor side characters. The second is that there were a lot of plot points that kind of come out nowhere and never get truly resolves which was a little frustrating.

What’s your favorite “Guilty” Pleasure Reads?”




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