Like Never and Always
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.

Like Never and Always Details

TitleLike Never and Always
Author
ReleaseJul 17th, 2018
PublisherTor Teen
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Like Never and Always Review

  • Clara Gerner
    January 1, 1970
    I gave this book a 2 star rating because it felt really odd. I never knew what the book was supposed to be, was it a romance? Ghost Story? Mystery/thriller? Every time it started to get dark, it shied away from it and moved quickly back to safe territory. Every little mystery and detail tied up in a sweet little bow. It also had a habit of introducing things in odd places that almost felt like the author had to add it later on and didn't know where, so it doesn't quite fit.Not sure I would recom I gave this book a 2 star rating because it felt really odd. I never knew what the book was supposed to be, was it a romance? Ghost Story? Mystery/thriller? Every time it started to get dark, it shied away from it and moved quickly back to safe territory. Every little mystery and detail tied up in a sweet little bow. It also had a habit of introducing things in odd places that almost felt like the author had to add it later on and didn't know where, so it doesn't quite fit.Not sure I would recommend it. I read an uncorrected advance copy I picked up at a conference.
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  • Hristina
    January 1, 1970
    I’m on the fence about this book because I really wanted to love it. The synopsis sounded so interesting, but the execution fell short. I'm not actually sure what the genre of this book is, and I got the feeling that the author was afraid of going too dark with the plot and writing on account of keeping it YA.In my opinion the strongest thing about this book are the characters. The writing style is decent and easy to consume, but there are a few odd choices made when it comes to the flow of the I’m on the fence about this book because I really wanted to love it. The synopsis sounded so interesting, but the execution fell short. I'm not actually sure what the genre of this book is, and I got the feeling that the author was afraid of going too dark with the plot and writing on account of keeping it YA.In my opinion the strongest thing about this book are the characters. The writing style is decent and easy to consume, but there are a few odd choices made when it comes to the flow of the plot that frustrated me a little. Again, this synopsis sounded so promising to me, I expected to be blown away.I’m not sure if I recommend this book. It depends on what kind of reader you are. You might enjoy it a lot, I found it meh. Just like the text that appears when you hover over the second star when you leave your rating, for me this book was okay.
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  • OutlawPoet
    January 1, 1970
    I truly loved this book. It has everything! Suspense, intrigue, danger, romance, heartbreak – and it’s all in a story seamlessly told.Again and again, the author surprised me – sometimes with something that made me extremely happy (like Oscar) and other times when she broke my heart.This was one of those reads that I didn’t want to look away from – and it had me reaching for a tissue more than once.Aguirre knows how to tell a story that simply captivates the reader.Five well deserved stars!*ARC I truly loved this book. It has everything! Suspense, intrigue, danger, romance, heartbreak – and it’s all in a story seamlessly told.Again and again, the author surprised me – sometimes with something that made me extremely happy (like Oscar) and other times when she broke my heart.This was one of those reads that I didn’t want to look away from – and it had me reaching for a tissue more than once.Aguirre knows how to tell a story that simply captivates the reader.Five well deserved stars!*ARC Provided via Net Galley
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    I feel very MEH about this book. I could understand Liv's confusion, as she reexamines who she is in Morgan's body, and has to reconcile that with this new life of hers. So the fact that her relationships with people are complicated, it makes sense. But I just was SO annoyed by the love triangle. It completely took me out the story at multiple points, and I wish I could've gotten into the romance. Clay was the actual best. But I just did not really care about any of this, or the main character. I feel very MEH about this book. I could understand Liv's confusion, as she reexamines who she is in Morgan's body, and has to reconcile that with this new life of hers. So the fact that her relationships with people are complicated, it makes sense. But I just was SO annoyed by the love triangle. It completely took me out the story at multiple points, and I wish I could've gotten into the romance. Clay was the actual best. But I just did not really care about any of this, or the main character. And the explanation over what happened was definitely not what I expected? I could suspend my disbelief in a way, but I didn't always like the treatment of mental health here. Plus the whole mystery behind Morgan's secrets wasn't thrilling at all, and some of it felt WAY out in left field, man. Like, all of the shit that happened near the end? It felt like it was there purely for drama's sake, not because it moved the story or the MC in any way. You still don't get all the answers, and in the end, I was left being like that's it?! I don't know, I just think none of this came together that well at all.Rating: 2.5 stars
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  • Kisses A
    January 1, 1970
    Mediocre. Strong start. Boring ater 60%. Could have done better
  • Peachy
    January 1, 1970
    "Do monsters always know what they are?" Themes: parenting, identity, supernatural, coming back from the dead, grief, coping with loss, support system, privilege of the wealthy, statutory rape, social status, reputation, true friends, romance, responsibility, mental health, rehabilitation, tragic accident, car accident, siblings, parental figuresEngrossing and fast-paced – Like Never & Always is just what I’m looking for in a contemporary thriller. Brimming with mystery, suspense, and excit "Do monsters always know what they are?" Themes: parenting, identity, supernatural, coming back from the dead, grief, coping with loss, support system, privilege of the wealthy, statutory rape, social status, reputation, true friends, romance, responsibility, mental health, rehabilitation, tragic accident, car accident, siblings, parental figuresEngrossing and fast-paced – Like Never & Always is just what I’m looking for in a contemporary thriller. Brimming with mystery, suspense, and excitement, it far surpassed my expectations, I enjoyed every moment of it, and the unique and exciting plot does not at all sacrifice great prose. I found myself rereading several sentences over because of their beauty and depth of meaning. Ann Aguirre is a master writer, not only hooking the reader with the plot, but also with her prose. I will definitely be checking out her other works, and will be on the lookout for her future ones!Liv (trapped in Morgan’s body) is a very compelling narrator – far to be the self-centered and overly dramatic teen we’ve come to expect in YA contemporaries. She is caring and considerate, but also smart and strategic. I enjoyed that she was fierce and brave without being cruel, but she’s not too proud to show vulnerability. I loved how the author expertly wrote the parts when even Liv started to doubt her identity – was she really Liv? Or was she Morgan who was grieving so much about the loss of her best friend she couldn’t tell who she was anymore?The plot centered on a supernatural soul-switching/body-switching theme achieved a perfect balance between being goosebumps-inducing, fascinating, and singular. Somehow, it managed to stay thrilling and suspenseful without reaching negative levels of creepy.Speaking of creepy, the ARC I got actually have a much creepier cover – not sure if that made it to another edition of a final cover (I think it might be the Kindle edition cover?), but here, let me show ya!To add even more flavor to this already extremely enjoyable read, the romantic aspects of the plot is veeeryy much to my liking. I’m already a fan of the love triangle trope, but the version found in Like Never & Always add lots of spice. Initially, it sounds like the oh-so-common rivalry between brothers, but there’s more where that came from, and pretty soon, you realize there isn’t any chance for the other one at all. Our main love interest is very sexy and is quite the perfect male lead for this kind of story. He’s so swoonworthy, he might even be featured in one of my #SwoonySaturday posts… if only I get to writing those again..Hmmm, what else do you want to know? I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out yourself!BLOG TOUR + REVIEW https://goo.gl/MqaNFUBuy your copy!
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    If you woke up in side your best friend's body, would you be able to live her life the way she did? Do you really want to know THAT much about her and how do you cope with your new situation???What an interesting concept. With elements of paranormal, this somewhat suspenseful story is less thriller and more contemporary mystery in my opinion. Through Liv, we get to learn more about Morgan and what's really going on in her life. How being a "rich little girl" may not be all it's cracked up to be. If you woke up in side your best friend's body, would you be able to live her life the way she did? Do you really want to know THAT much about her and how do you cope with your new situation???What an interesting concept. With elements of paranormal, this somewhat suspenseful story is less thriller and more contemporary mystery in my opinion. Through Liv, we get to learn more about Morgan and what's really going on in her life. How being a "rich little girl" may not be all it's cracked up to be.Like most YA novels, we do have a bit of a love triangle going on but luckily that's not the front runner of the story. Instead, we get a story about grief, forgiveness and never judging a book by its cover. Everyone deals with grief in their own way but having to mourn the loss of your body and the loss of the best friend whose body you now reside in takes this to a whole new level!"Funny how the human body can heal trauma in a matter of weeks whereas scars on the heart and mind can last for years."I did wonder how Liv felt the first time she had to really deal with being in her best friend's body. That first shower must've been AWKWARD! haha - but all jokes aside... this was a very compelling read. Easily a one sit binge.If you're looking for a quick read that has a touch of thriller, paranormal, romance and YA, then this is PERFECT for you.Thank you Tor Teen for this copy!
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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 starsRTC for blog tour
  • Nina-Tala (JustAddAWord) Shannak
    January 1, 1970
    As a thriller, this wasn’t thrilling enough. And I’m sad. RTC.
  • Sha
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Tor/Forge and Netgalley. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. The copy I am reviewing is an Uncorrected Digital Galley. If you follow my reviews, you’ll know I’m not big on romance. Do I hate love? No. But I find that too many YA books (which I adore and read almost exclusively) rush couples to the po Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Tor/Forge and Netgalley. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. The copy I am reviewing is an Uncorrected Digital Galley. If you follow my reviews, you’ll know I’m not big on romance. Do I hate love? No. But I find that too many YA books (which I adore and read almost exclusively) rush couples to the point that readers end up with insta-love, cliché meet cutes, and the corniest break-up/makeup moments. My eyes are basically rolling all over the floor. Obviously this isn’t the end of the world; it’s YA, and sooooo many young adults (no shame to it!) adore the fluff. My lovely co-blogger Mandy loves the fluff!! But I’m just like, “Ew. No. What is this? Stop.” What I’m saying is: Give me a solid relationship or GIVE ME DEATH.You can imagine my curiosity going into a book that pitched not one but two romances (ya know, a love triangle, sure to be rife with drama). Will I abhor? Or will I adore? To put you out of your misery now, I’ll tell you: I was on the edge my seat, wide-eyed, drooling, because the love interest (like, the one the main character chooses at the end) is SWOON WORTHY. THE MAN OF MY DREAMS PEOPLE. I COULD NOT GET ENOUGH AND LET ME TELL YOU WHY. (In as vague of a way as I can because dang I can’t spoil the love triangle for you!) He is respectful, kind, aware of the main character’s needs WITHOUT TELLING HER what she wants (think Twilight, where Edward is like, Yes, Bella, you are cold now, go put on a sweater), hard-working, and selfless. I’m sobbing just thinking about it. GET ME A MAN LIKE THIS.As for the other love interest, was he terrible? Um, no. I totally got why he was a valid options for the main character, and then I understood why she didn’t choose him. It wasn’t a simple case of “Option A is better” but also “Option B doesn’t need me/isn’t good with me.” Other love interest is fully developed, a viable option, and um, they totes had chemistry too — but Ann Aguirre did not exploit that chemistry and throw in a bunch of “will they/won’t they” for shits and giggles. Aguirre made clear from pretty early in the book who our MC, Liv, would be choosing. (Ugh, I can’t stand when the MC just wobbles back and forth between guys. Like, if you seriously can’t choose, then maybe the answer is neither? And it’s all just lust? But that’s a problem for another day, because NONE of that hot mess was here!)Clearly romance was a strong aspect of the book, but Like Never and Always included aspects of mystery and thriller (and some maybe paranormal). I did snoop some reviews on Goodreads, which I actually generally refuse to do before my own reviews. This is so you get 100% my own thoughts untainted by what others think. BUT I saw on Goodreads some reviewers disliked the book because they felt the genre was too unclear. IMHO: This is first a romance, second a mystery, and the softest hint of paranormal. Aguirre is VERY clear on what direction she wants to take with her book, so not once are you like, “Wait, what happened to the romance aspect? Why are we suddenly focusing on paranormal?” I only include paranormal because … duh, Liv wakes up and she’s in Morgan’s body. That’s some out of this world business. But Liv does her best to explain this (and other creepy events) away with science (as she is a massive science lover), so paranormal stuff? Not very strong in this book. It felt very grounded and realistic, despite a body swap kicking things off.Okay. Mystery element. This gave the book its plot. I loved how some of the mystery turned out to be a complete red herring, and some parts Liv needs to accept will never truly be solved/she has to keep “her little secret.” Honestly, this book had me up until 3 AM on a WORK DAY because I needed to know everything as soon as possible. Now I need everything Ann Aguirre ASAP.One little disclaimer/spoiler/warning for readers who are sensitive to sex scenes in books, there is a little something that happens between Liv and one of the love interests near the end of the book (no page numbers and I’m afraid I don’t pay attention to the Kindle percentage count!) It’s faaar from explicit but still there, so if you’re like, NOT FOR ME, then well, now you know. It actually surprised me, since I did not see the book going there, but like I said, if you are not aware of these things from experience/learning, then you might not even know what just happened, it’s that subtly described.I could ramble about love for this book forever. The characters were so well-developed. Everyone was aware of their flaws, their strengths and weaknesses. People could develop throughout the book. I feel blessed to have read this, not even kidding. Please excuse me while I read it again now?Five crowns because I want to read it again immediately and this never happens with me. Also Aguirre NAILED it with a respectful and caring boyfriend which we need more of in books (like, please, stop with giving MCs BFs/GFs who disrespect them and then readers are all SWOON. NO SWOON!) I also want to buy an actual copy to own and hold and lovingly embrace.Find me and more of my reviews at https://bookprincessreviews.wordpress...
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  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Like Never and Always was a fast-paced contemporary thriller with some eerie paranormal elements. At its heart, this novel is ultimately a story about a girl trying to fulfill her best friend’s last request while also trying to find her place in the world. Like Never and Always keeps you glued to the page, desperate to find out whether the story ends happily or in blood. After a car accident, Liv wakes up in her best friend’s body. Afraid of telling anyone the truth, Liv must figure out how to n Like Never and Always was a fast-paced contemporary thriller with some eerie paranormal elements. At its heart, this novel is ultimately a story about a girl trying to fulfill her best friend’s last request while also trying to find her place in the world. Like Never and Always keeps you glued to the page, desperate to find out whether the story ends happily or in blood. After a car accident, Liv wakes up in her best friend’s body. Afraid of telling anyone the truth, Liv must figure out how to navigate life as Morgan, her best friend. However, she soon finds out that Morgan’s life wasn’t as perfect as it seemed from the outside. And that her assumptions about Morgan’s boyfriend may be dead wrong. Caught up in Morgan’s dark secrets, Liv must find a way out while also figuring out who she wants to be now. Of course, it doesn’t help that Lis is also struggling with her growing feelings for Morgan’s boyfriend. Liv was such a relatable character. Totally out of her depth, in an unimaginable situation, she manages to survive. With no one who truly understands her situation, she is alone in dealing with her grief, both for her best friend and for her own life. Liv was such a strong character, her iron will giving her the strength to persevere. The other characters were incredibly realistic as well. Aguirre did an excellent job exposing each character’s flaws, revealing who they were as opposed to who they pretended to be.The concept of identity played a large role in Like Never and Always. Some of my favorite parts of the novel were when Liv was questioning herself. Was she actually Liv or was she Morgan, unable to cope with her own reality and convinced she is her dead best friend? Aguirre wrote those parts brilliantly and ultimately allows readers to determine the answer for themselves. Additionally, I thought she did a wonderful job with her portrayal of grief. Each character handles the loss a different way and their reactions felt so raw and honest. I loved how the mystery was slowly unspooled. There were so many different layers and each reveal made me see the situation from a different perspective. Each reveal uncovers a new part of an incredibly disturbing situation. I would note that there are trigger warnings for rape, stalking, and physical assault. The romance was a nice counterbalance to the darker parts of the storyline. Even as Morgan’s life is coming apart, Liv is beginning to create one of her own. The romantic lead was a wonderful character and I loved the slowly developing relationship between him and Liv. Like Never and Always was an intriguing read that kept me hooked until the very last page. I would recommend this one if you’re looking for a heavier and darker YA contemporary. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Erin Laidley
    January 1, 1970
    As soon as I read the synopsis - specifically the portions relating to identity swapping and criminal secrets - I knew that I had to read Like Never and Always. By the end of the second chapter, I was already formulating hypotheses as to how the mistaken identity occurred so I was surprised (and slightly disappointed) when this story played out in an entirely different way than expected. I haven't read any of Ann Aguirre's works before, though Enclave has been on my TBR for what feels like forev As soon as I read the synopsis - specifically the portions relating to identity swapping and criminal secrets - I knew that I had to read Like Never and Always. By the end of the second chapter, I was already formulating hypotheses as to how the mistaken identity occurred so I was surprised (and slightly disappointed) when this story played out in an entirely different way than expected. I haven't read any of Ann Aguirre's works before, though Enclave has been on my TBR for what feels like forever, but I definitely intend to pick one up after this. There's something about her writing that immediately immersed me in the story; perhaps it was the use of first-person narration, which allowed me to more closely identify with our protagonist, Liv. The pacing was excellent and I was able to finish Like Never and Always in a single sitting.While Like Never and Always provided plenty of intrigues and an unexpected plot twist, the final reveal fell short for me. There were a number of potential plotlines that were mentioned on multiple occasions (i.e. the friendship bracelet) but were never brought to a resolution; rather than serving as red herrings, they felt like portions of a greater and more interesting story that remains untold. The explanation for the mistaken identity also felt underwhelming when compared to the extravagant (and very incorrect) conclusions that I had drawn early on in the reading process.I really enjoyed Liv as a protagonist. She was resilient, fiercely loyal, and determined to make the most of her new life, which is a far cry from how I would react if I were placed in similar circumstances. I was less enamoured with her romantic endeavours; I can completely understand how her partner is seen as desirable, but the romance itself just didn't make me feel anything.Overall, Like Never and Always was a fast-paced, fairly enjoyable read with plenty of twists. I likely won't read it again, but I will definitely read more from this author.I received an advanced copy of this book from Macmillan-Tor/Forge via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Shelee at Book Reader Chronicles
    January 1, 1970
    **4.5 stars** Like Never and Always is a uniquely intriguing story that delves into the world of secrets and friendship. With many mysteries to solve for a girl in the wrong body and a conflicting romance that equally excites and thrills, you won’t be able to stop turning the pages from the moment Liv wakes up as Morgan and has to come to terms with the fact that she—and the life she had—died in that accident.For a story with an intricate premise, I was surprisingly quick to feel and understand **4.5 stars** Like Never and Always is a uniquely intriguing story that delves into the world of secrets and friendship. With many mysteries to solve for a girl in the wrong body and a conflicting romance that equally excites and thrills, you won’t be able to stop turning the pages from the moment Liv wakes up as Morgan and has to come to terms with the fact that she—and the life she had—died in that accident.For a story with an intricate premise, I was surprisingly quick to feel and understand the despair and grief of a girl who was no longer herself and struggling to adapt to a world so unlike her own as the best friend she thought she knew. The slight supernatural flair of a soul transferring bodies had the chance to create so many problematic issues but it was written and handled so skillfully that it skipped outlandish and instead became incredibly engrossing from the very start. I loved that every element blended smoothly to create one full-figured story; that the loss of the life she had—from family to college plans to boyfriend—took time to overcome and accept while still being confronted with reminders of that life at every turn; and that the life she was now living was unraveling at every turn with it being up to her to finish what was started. And the romance, both captivating and full of crackling tension—sexual and emotional—, was amazing beyond expectation and rounded the story off perfectly.I devoured Like Never and Always in one evening and, though I wish there had been a bit more meat to the last few chapters, I fell in love with everything it had to offer. There wasn’t a slow moment where the pace or plot dragged or was too hard to grasp, and I was beguiled through every twist and turn thrown at Liv. With a resilient heroine hellbent on making the best of her new life, it made for a truly compelling read.**Received an early copy; this had no bearing on my opinions**
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  • Stephanie Ward
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars'Like Never and Always' is a thrilling new young adult contemporary novel by bestselling author Ann Aguirre. I'm a huge fan of the author and her other works, so I knew right away that I had to read this one. As always, it did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed every single aspect of the novel. Although I really liked it, it didn't completely blow me away and that's the reason I didn't end up giving it a full five stars. Everything was incredibly well written and the book's pace kept 4.5 Stars'Like Never and Always' is a thrilling new young adult contemporary novel by bestselling author Ann Aguirre. I'm a huge fan of the author and her other works, so I knew right away that I had to read this one. As always, it did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed every single aspect of the novel. Although I really liked it, it didn't completely blow me away and that's the reason I didn't end up giving it a full five stars. Everything was incredibly well written and the book's pace kept increasing along with the mystery and suspense, which kept me turning pages as quickly as I could finish them. I ended up reading the entire novel in one sitting over a few hours.The characters were all well rounded, especially our main character - Liv. She's in a crazy predicament that I couldn't fathom myself being in and I liked watching her figure things out as she went. We get to know Liv very well during the book and I thought she grew and matured as a person by the end. She went in thinking she knew most things about her best friend and the lives around them, but she found out she really had no idea. The secondary characters, like Nathan and Casey, were all rounded as well and made the story more interesting with a weird love triangle type thing happening.The plot was twisty and a bit mind bending at first. It's hard to imagine finding yourself in someone else's body. As I mentioned, the story had a quick pace and lots of things you don't see coming which keeps you on your toes and fully immersed in the drama unfolding. One thing that was a huge plus for me was the author's choice of writing style. She used the first person point of view with Liv's perspective being the focus. This is by far my favorite style because of the deep connection it allows the reader to feel with the narrator. I could identify with Liv early on in the book and was pulling for her to figure out and fix things during the story. I definitely enjoyed this one (like I knew I would) and I highly recommend it for fans of the author's other books, along with readers of YA, mystery, thriller, and contemporary. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Bobbie Kirkland
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre in exchange for an honest review. I am a fan of Ann Aguirre’s science fiction and post-apocalyptic series. This book steps outside these genres; it’s a supernatural romance. Morgan and Liv, Frost/Burn, have been best friends their entire lives, so it seems natural that they would date brothers. Coming home from one of their double dates, there’s a terrible accident. While both brothers are practically unscathed, the same is not true I received a free copy of Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre in exchange for an honest review. I am a fan of Ann Aguirre’s science fiction and post-apocalyptic series. This book steps outside these genres; it’s a supernatural romance. Morgan and Liv, Frost/Burn, have been best friends their entire lives, so it seems natural that they would date brothers. Coming home from one of their double dates, there’s a terrible accident. While both brothers are practically unscathed, the same is not true for the best friends. When Liv awakens from her coma, she’s surprised to find the wrong brother at her bedside and the wrong parent coming to her door. The doctors could not possibly have mistaken her for Morgan; after all, Morgan is six inches taller. This is odd and alarming. When the bandages are removed from Liv’s face, she finds out she isn’t herself, she’s Morgan. With her own body buried, Liv has no choice but to assume Morgan’s life, which is troubled in ways Liv never suspected.I enjoyed this book and think that you will, too, if you are a fan of suspenseful supernatural romances.#LikeNeverAndAlways #NetGalley
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    This author is an auto read for me. I really should start reading the blurbs of books that are auto reads, it might be a good idea to have a clue what is going on, but I didn't with this book. So I had no idea what this book was about. I was quickly drawn in, thought things might go in a paranormal twist with Liv being in Morgan's body. Instead that was the least of things and I liked how it was explained. As we were with Liv, you began to feel sorry for Morgan, she was not what she seemed. The This author is an auto read for me. I really should start reading the blurbs of books that are auto reads, it might be a good idea to have a clue what is going on, but I didn't with this book. So I had no idea what this book was about. I was quickly drawn in, thought things might go in a paranormal twist with Liv being in Morgan's body. Instead that was the least of things and I liked how it was explained. As we were with Liv, you began to feel sorry for Morgan, she was not what she seemed. The more that Liv learned about Morgan the more she realized she really didn't know her friend. I think that Liv did a good job of navigating her new life and I liked the changes that she made. Towards the end things got messy, so very messy and sure some of it was due to Liv's choices. I think that Liv made the right choice, even if things got harder for her. At the end Liv was in the best place on so many levels and even Morgan would have probably approved.
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  • L.E. Fidler
    January 1, 1970
    This book is exactly my kind of trash. Sort of Before I Fall/House of Cards for Teens vibe with a Freaky Friday twist.No, not the one with Kendall Jenner.Sigh.I don’t know what to say. If you can suspend disbelief and just read this, you’ll be fine.If you can’t? You will regret your life decisions here.I could, I did, I enjoyed. Total beach read fun (if you prefer your beach reads with a hint of ghosts and murder). Which I do.And a bad boy! Who isn’t so bad (shocker!) and who does tattoos (shock This book is exactly my kind of trash. Sort of Before I Fall/House of Cards for Teens vibe with a Freaky Friday twist.No, not the one with Kendall Jenner.Sigh.I don’t know what to say. If you can suspend disbelief and just read this, you’ll be fine.If you can’t? You will regret your life decisions here.I could, I did, I enjoyed. Total beach read fun (if you prefer your beach reads with a hint of ghosts and murder). Which I do.And a bad boy! Who isn’t so bad (shocker!) and who does tattoos (shocker!). Trite? Sure. Fun? You betchya!
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    Big question mark. I've definitely read books that start with this premise (including the nonfiction stories that exist) but then I got frustrated with the direction it took. Yes, you can like a book and still dislike the characters, but I was already so super annoyed with the direction it was taking and then what it added (a lot of different variables that make it a hard book to pinpoint) made it unfocused. So while it has a great cover and concept, the execution fell short.
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  • Kay Kuever
    January 1, 1970
    Like Never and Always is unlike anything I've ever read before. From the very first page, I was so unsure of what to think and where exactly this story could possibly go from its first mind-boggling situation. I'm really going to attempt to not give ANYTHING away because this is such a unique story that I can't possibly imagine ruining it for anyone. Everything about this book is a rollercoaster. Emotionally I was eating everything about this story up. The romance was lovely and while there is s Like Never and Always is unlike anything I've ever read before. From the very first page, I was so unsure of what to think and where exactly this story could possibly go from its first mind-boggling situation. I'm really going to attempt to not give ANYTHING away because this is such a unique story that I can't possibly imagine ruining it for anyone. Everything about this book is a rollercoaster. Emotionally I was eating everything about this story up. The romance was lovely and while there is something of a love-triangle, I think it was actually done well. Even with the clear residual feelings that were there, in the beginning, Liv always seemed clear about where her heart really belonged. The suspense almost killed me. Between the mystery of the true nature of the death of Morgan's mother, which is a continuous plot line that doesn't fall too badly into the background, and Liv dealing with her unexpected identity crisis there were so many moments that brought me to the edge of my seat. Aguirre does an amazing job of lulling the reader into a false sense of security and surprising us in the end. I loved how fast-paced Like Never and Always is and really appreciate how it delves into the realm of a psychological thriller with a bit of a science fiction feel. 
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  • Aleya
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 out of 5.
  • Megan (Under the Book Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    Review also posted at: https://underthebookcover.blogspot.co...Thank you to Tor Teen and Rockstar Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review! All opinions are my own.Well, this book took me by absolute surprise! I've never read a book by Ann Aguirre before (although that is now going to change because I need to read all of her books) but this was such a great introduction to her writing! I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I did, but here I am, attach Review also posted at: https://underthebookcover.blogspot.co...Thank you to Tor Teen and Rockstar Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review! All opinions are my own.Well, this book took me by absolute surprise! I've never read a book by Ann Aguirre before (although that is now going to change because I need to read all of her books) but this was such a great introduction to her writing! I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I did, but here I am, attached to it and loving it and wanting to share it with the world.Plot:This book was filled with several different genres like contemporary, mystery, and thriller, with a dash of supernatural/paranormal thrown in there. You would think that with so many things going on that the plot would become muddled and confusing but it actually really helped with explaining what goes on! Liv has somehow woken up in Morgan's body and realizes that this has happened for a reason and that she has something she has to help Morgan complete. I won't go into any more detail about it because it's a big part of the story, but I just could not get over how much I enjoyed that the plot was so much deeper than the synopsis leads you to believe it is. There are multiple things happening within the overall plot of the story and it provides so much character background and development and shows how Liv basically adjusts to life as Morgan. She learns a lot about her best friend and discovers that she's not the girl that Liv thought she was and that her life was much darker and more twisted than she could have imagined. Like I said, there are a lot of genres mixed in to Like Never and Always and it just all comes together to form this amazing story that I had no idea I would love this much. Just when you think you know what happened, something comes along and twists everything around and leaves you stunned! This is definitely the kind of book I've been looking for and I can't wait to read more of Ann Aguirre's work!Characters:I can definitely say that I've never read a book like this before. It was so interesting getting to read about Liv being inside Morgan's body somehow and watching how she slowly changed from just Liv to more of a combination of both girls. As the book progressed, you could see how Liv seemed to be almost fading away and more of Morgan's thoughts and memories coming to light. There was definitely a ton of character development that you could almost see happening as the book progressed and it was amazing. Liv slowly starts to accept that she's now Morgan and has to live her life as Morgan but she still has parts of herself and her personality that show through. But she goes from being terrified and not wanting this to be real to accepting it and moving forward to do what she feels she was brought back to do. It was so wonderful to see such development in her and watching her become strong. She definitely also had her moments of weakness and it was refreshing to see a character that wasn't perfect all the time, but rather had her flaws and weaknesses and wasn't afraid to let them show. She wasn't quite Liv, and not quite Morgan either, but a combination of both girls and an entirely new person. I just adore her and was so in love with watching her story unfold and reading about her adapting to her new life.Also, I just quickly wanted to say that I loved Clay and he is probably one of my favorite secondary/supporting characters ever.Writing:Flat out, I loved the writing in Like Never and Always. One of my favorite parts about it was how you see Liv and Morgan becoming one person as the story progresses. Liv goes from referring to Morgan as 'her' and changes to 'I'. It was so subtle at first that I almost didn't notice the changes but once I did, it was actually really cool. You could see the blending of the two girls personalities/consciousness and it was like they were no longer just Liv or just Morgan, but a combination of both girls. And it wasn't a clunky change or anything like that, just a smooth transition in the way that she would refer to herself. There was also this creepy feeling that resided on every page while you're following along on Liv's journey to find out what happened. This was definitely a case of the plot unfolding incredibly smooth and at a wonderful pace that never felt rushed or too slow, and that was definitely due to the writing being so fantastic. It was detailed and mysterious and just made the reading experience so much more enjoyable.Like Never and Always is a compelling and thrilling read from start to finish. With a mixture of several genres, wonderful character development, and a plot twist that will leave you questioning everything you've just read, this is definitely the perfect Summer thriller that you don't want to miss!
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  • Gabriella
    January 1, 1970
    So, I'm a bit disappointed with this book. Like Never and Always started off on such a good note, and then towards the middle it just kinda...fizzled out. I've seen other reviewers say that this book doesn't know what it wants to be; the plot is all over the place -- sometimes it's a mystery, and sometimes it's a slice of life, and sometimes it's a romance -- and I have to say that I agree with that assessment for the most part. At first, it seems like this is going to be a dark, psychological t So, I'm a bit disappointed with this book. Like Never and Always started off on such a good note, and then towards the middle it just kinda...fizzled out. I've seen other reviewers say that this book doesn't know what it wants to be; the plot is all over the place -- sometimes it's a mystery, and sometimes it's a slice of life, and sometimes it's a romance -- and I have to say that I agree with that assessment for the most part. At first, it seems like this is going to be a dark, psychological thriller with a body-swapping bent thrown in, and ultimately I think that this is the type of story that Aguirre was going for. However, it falls extremely short of that.Once it's revealed (view spoiler)[that Morgan!Liv's "blackmailer" is really her classmate playing a strange prank on her, that's when the story began to take a bad turn for me. Like this was such an interesting concept: switching into your dead friend's body, only to find out that she's being blackmailed for something, and now you have to figure out who's blackmailing her and why. And then Aguirre just completely drops the ball. Oh, it turns out there's no blackmailer after all! Isn't this the outcome that every reader wants?? This is what sets the tone for the rest of the book. (hide spoiler)]And then there's the love triangle. God. Now, to be completely honest, I did find the love triangle to be interesting in the beginning due to its unique nature. But then Aguirre just dragged it out...and dragged it out some more...and just would not let go of it. I think the romance could have had more potential if the brothers' characters were more interesting. Especially Nathan's character. He kind of just gets pigeonholed into the douchebag role, and I guess that's so (view spoiler)[we don't feel too bad for him when Morgan!Liv ultimately chooses Clay. (hide spoiler)] But honestly, after a while, I just found the romance to be so boring. Neither of the brothers are really that interesting to me, and I just couldn't care less about the romance, and ultimately I think it subtracts from the rest of the story.Although the rest of the story really doesn't have that much to offer either. Like the mystery of who killed Morgan's mom...who cares?? I thought it was kind of just randomly thrown in, like oh yeah and btw Morgan has a mom that died in a mysterious car accident. It wasn't compelling enough to get me invested, and then (view spoiler)[when it's revealed that Morgan's father killed her mother, it's just so completely anti-climatic and also incredibly, incredibly predictable. (hide spoiler)] But by this part of the story, I was just so ready for the book to be over. Probably the most interesting part of the story is the how and why of Liv entering into Morgan's body. It was kind of explored, but ultimately I felt like this gets glossed over. And I'm not saying that a definitive explanation needed to be given, but just that the implications of this could have been explored and discussed more, and handled in a better way.Are you noticing a theme of how all the most interesting and compelling parts of this story are also the least explored??Anyway, I think mostly I'm frustrated with this book because it had so much potential but the execution was pitiful. The story doesn't feel fully formed or fleshed out to me, and I think if the author spent a little more time developing the plot and the characters and what motivates them, then this could have been a 4-star book.Also please note that I did receive an ARC copy of this book through Goodreads.
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  • Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Disclosure: I received a review copy in exchange for a honest review.I’ve read a lot of Aguirre’s work from her Sci-Fi series, Paranormal Young Adult series to her series written with her husband; so I’m quite familiar with her writing style. And in my opinion Like Never and Always is one of her best work. Like Never and Always is a contemporary Young Adult Thriller with a dash of Science Fiction and Paranormal. There are two plots interwoven in the story; the first is Liv, a sixteen-year-old gi Disclosure: I received a review copy in exchange for a honest review.I’ve read a lot of Aguirre’s work from her Sci-Fi series, Paranormal Young Adult series to her series written with her husband; so I’m quite familiar with her writing style. And in my opinion Like Never and Always is one of her best work. Like Never and Always is a contemporary Young Adult Thriller with a dash of Science Fiction and Paranormal. There are two plots interwoven in the story; the first is Liv, a sixteen-year-old girl wakes up in the body of her best friend Morgan and from there navigates life as Morgan incorporating some of her own personalities and the second is finishing up Morgan’s task in finding out what really happened to her mom. Did she commit suicide or was she murdered?Aguirre’s latest Young Adult novel touches on a lot of serious topics such as tragedy and grief, lies and betrayal, social status, death, and rape/pedophilia. I really liked how Aguirre layered the mystery in both regards to how Liv ended up in Morgan’s body and they mystery surrounding Morgan Mom’s death. And how she presented these topics into the story tastefully without it feeling forced. I thought Liv and Morgan’s characters were well developed and fleshed out. Even though readers only had a secondary impression of Morgan, by Liv living as Morgan and discovering her secrets; everything made complete sense from her relationship to her friends, acquaintances and to her own father. I don’t know what I would do if I woke up in someone’s else body. Terrified would be an understatement. However I thought Liv handled it as best as she could or thought she could (for the most part). By Liv occupying Morgan’s body she ended up meshing the best qualities of both of them to basically create a new person.My only issue was the love triangle and how easily Liv was able to move into Morgan’s life. A little too easily and happily I may add (when it came to Clay). I didn’t like how in the beginning Liv was all about Nathan, his feeling, missing him and how she planned to tell him the truth and then a few chapters later she’s all about Clay and makes the final decision that she’s choosing Clay over Nathan. Whom are brothers by the way. I thought it was messy and heartless. She dated Nathan for 8-9 months and he’s was a complete wreck over causing her death yet she ends up falling madly in love with his brother after a a couple of weeks, a month? Not cool. However, by the end of the book I did eventually see Liv differently. Once she made her decision she never went back on it or wavier-ed; meaning despite Clay learning the truth, if he decided he didn’t want to be with her then she would be by herself. No going back to Nathan, no Clay. So there was that. It took a long time and a lot of eye-rolling but Aguirre somehow made everything work and gave the characters a HEA.With that being said, I still enjoyed the book. It was the perfect combination of a thriller mystery and sci-fi/paranormal. There were a lot of twist and turns and I loved that I didn’t know where the story was going and by the time the ending came, I was completely shocked! I hope we get more books like this from Aguirre because it was unputdownable! I highly recommend it, it’s definitively something new, fresh and has a unique spin on body-swapping/mistaken identity.
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  • Lenna the Grinch
    January 1, 1970
    You can read my review here on my blog: www.thehiddenlibrarynook.tumblr.comI received an ARC from a Goodreads Giveaway that has in no way affected my views of this book. Okay lemme try and get my thoughts together. Like this book was an emotional rollercoaster that I ate up so ferociously that this book got dragged to work and tempted me into getting in trouble just to finish and read on the job! It was suspenseful, it had teen angst (and a good amount that doesn’t make me roll my eyes and barf) You can read my review here on my blog: www.thehiddenlibrarynook.tumblr.comI received an ARC from a Goodreads Giveaway that has in no way affected my views of this book. Okay lemme try and get my thoughts together. Like this book was an emotional rollercoaster that I ate up so ferociously that this book got dragged to work and tempted me into getting in trouble just to finish and read on the job! It was suspenseful, it had teen angst (and a good amount that doesn’t make me roll my eyes and barf), complicated relationships, families, and friendships. And when I say complicated, I mean COMPLICATED! Especially when you’re in your dead best friend’s body and you now have to sort out all the lose ends left for you while you get used to your new life! Like if that’s not complicated, I don’t know what is! There were feminist moments where the MC demanded to be treated like a person and not like an object, noting and calling it out that women are always treated like a man’s personal property. There was a complicated romance that actually made me root for it as the story progressed, because the love interest was actually a nice dude and not a douche bag! I’m sorry but quite a lot of YA will have love interests that are complete jerks that I’m just trying to figure out why the MC goes for them. But the suspense, the mystery wrapped into all of this that you don’t even know your own best friend and who carries her secrets like an armor. And that reveal! Oh! I had a feeling that would happen around the 70% mark but the whole fallout of it was so realistic! I don’t want to spoil the book, but the way it portrays how women are seen when they call out a male for their abuse is spot on. There are those on the victims side. But then there are those who see the woman as a slut or asking for it, or the whole reason why. They see them as a caricature of themselves and the fact that the author showed that, brought it up and talked about it made me so happy! Ann Aguirre showed how the media and societal views can twist things and make it awful for the victim so they hurt in the process of bringing their truths forward. She brings so much accuracy in real life situations that it really centered the rating I wanted to give it. Yeah the book had some flaws with the weirdness over it all and I’ll admit that even I was hesitant to request this book. However I did and I enjoyed it. This is mostly centered for older teens as it does talk about sexual relationships and the casualty of sex, which could upset some. There’s a sexual relationship in here that is a little disturbing between an older man and younger girl that gave me the creeps, as well as the obsessions that reveal themselves. So be warned for that. Other than that, I liked how it was all portrayed and how society is with its cruelty.
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  • Emma (Miss Print)
    January 1, 1970
    Liv, Morgan, Clay, and Nathan are all driving home from a party in Clay's convertible. Best friends dating brothers? It's fun. And this ride is the perfect end to another perfect summer night.Until a crash changes their lives forever.Liv wakes up in the hospital, hazy from the drugs and her injuries. She doesn't think too hard about it when people keep calling her Morgan--it has to be some kind of mix up. A mistake. Everyone keeps telling her Liv died in the car crash and she dreads having to co Liv, Morgan, Clay, and Nathan are all driving home from a party in Clay's convertible. Best friends dating brothers? It's fun. And this ride is the perfect end to another perfect summer night.Until a crash changes their lives forever.Liv wakes up in the hospital, hazy from the drugs and her injuries. She doesn't think too hard about it when people keep calling her Morgan--it has to be some kind of mix up. A mistake. Everyone keeps telling her Liv died in the car crash and she dreads having to correct them--especially Morgan's father.But when the bandages are finally removed, Liv doesn't see herself in the mirror. Instead Morgan's face stares back at her. Trapped in a body that isn't hers, Liv tries to make sense of Morgan's life. It always seemed perfect from the outside but now Liv starts to realize that she didn't know her best friend as well as she thought.As Liv starts to make sense of Morgan's life, she unearths dangerous secrets about a decade-old murder and a dangerous love affair--all while pursuing a love that feels like a betrayal in Like Never and Always (2018) by Ann Aguirre.Like Never and Always is a standalone thriller with a supernatural twist.Liv's unique position as an outsider in her own (that is, Morgan's) life, ratchets up the suspense as both readers and Liv herself are left in the dark about all of Morgan's secrets. The pacing is tight with Liv constantly questioning her current situation and trying to make sense of it.While most of the story focuses on Liv's investigation into Morgan's past, she also struggles with being caught between two boys. Nathan isn't the boy she thought he was when they were dating--especially now that he's consumed by grief. Clay, meanwhile, is so much more. Liv finally starts to understand what drew Morgan to Clay to begin with. But how can Liv move forward with either of them the way she is now?Like Never and Always is a serviceable thriller with genuine moments of suspense despite some predictable reveals. The unique body swapping spin adds another dimension to the story but fails to be fully explored as Liv increasingly embraces her new circumstances without question. Recommended for readers looking for a new take on stolen identities.Possible Pairings: The Possible by Tara Altebrando, Don't You Trust Me by Patrice Kindl, Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart, Soulprint by Megan Miranda, Pretending to Be Erica by Michelle Painchaud, In Her Skin by Kim Savage, As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott, Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten*An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review consideration*
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre is a young fiction novel about a teenage girl that died only for her soul to come back in her best friend's body. Liv and Morgan have been best friends since grade school. Now a junior and senior in high school, the girls are dating brothers Nathan and Clay. After a night of fun the four are driving along when they have an accident. Nathan & Clay survive with minor injuries, Morgan is in a coma, and Liv dies. But it's Liv's body that dies, not her "spirit Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre is a young fiction novel about a teenage girl that died only for her soul to come back in her best friend's body. Liv and Morgan have been best friends since grade school. Now a junior and senior in high school, the girls are dating brothers Nathan and Clay. After a night of fun the four are driving along when they have an accident. Nathan & Clay survive with minor injuries, Morgan is in a coma, and Liv dies. But it's Liv's body that dies, not her "spirit". Morgan is the one who passes away and Liv "comes back" as Morgan. Nathan is heartbroken because to him Liv, his girlfriend, is dead. He struggles with his grief throughout the novel. Liv struggles with living as Morgan and it only gets harder once she realizes that Morgan had a lot of secrets and was going through much more than she ever let on. Things get more complicated when she find s herself falling in love with Clay as she feels guilt for falling for Morgan's boyfriend and her boyfriend's brother. What I liked about Like Never and Always:Everything! I loved this book from beginning to end. Like Never and Always had a little of everything: mystery, romance, paranormal, spirituality, philosophy. The story went deeper than the traditional "Pretty Little Liars" type teen mystery but even explore the concept of the spirit and what happens when the body dies. Reading this story definitely made me think about life, death, and the spirit/soul. I loved how we see Liv's/Morgan's & Clay's relationship organically grow. It shows how love isn't confined to the physical; you can truly love someone for their spirit/personality, not just/only physical attributes. The questions Morgan was seeking before she passed were answered in a organic way and wasn't rushed. One question arose from the answers finally given but in a way that leaves room for personal interpretation. The question is left unanswered but as the reader, I felt okay with that. In real life not all questions get answered and in this case there was enough for closure.What I don't like about Like Never and Always:Nothing! It's easily on my top ten favorites list!Recommended as a book club read as can open up thoughtful discussion or teens about mortality and spirituality.
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  • Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
    January 1, 1970
    My Review- Thank you Tor Teen for sending me a free copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.I rate this Book a 4 out of 5 Stars.I really enjoyed reading this, I actually read the bulk of the book in a matter of hours.I was intrigued by this book because it was billed as a YA suspense with a touch of sci-fi, and it really is just that. I wanted to find out the reason why Liz was Morgan. How that was possible, and what Liz/Morgan was going to do about it. Was th My Review- Thank you Tor Teen for sending me a free copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.I rate this Book a 4 out of 5 Stars.I really enjoyed reading this, I actually read the bulk of the book in a matter of hours.I was intrigued by this book because it was billed as a YA suspense with a touch of sci-fi, and it really is just that. I wanted to find out the reason why Liz was Morgan. How that was possible, and what Liz/Morgan was going to do about it. Was this a tale of redemption? Was there amends Morgan needed to make, that only Liz was strong to make? How was it even possible to wake up being stuck in someone else's body?I found myself drawn to the romance in this book, imagine having a boyfriend as Liz, but everyone thinks you're Morgan, (especially Morgans boyfriend). I was drawn to one particular boyfriend, and I was rooting for him the entire book. He was the reason why I couldn't put the book down this morning.I love that this book is so multi-layered. It wasn't just about the accident, and the aftermath. This is about secrets, and the secret life that Morgan hand, and the things Liz discovers along the way. I was forced to ask myself, "Whenever thing is said and done, which person do I want to be prominent, Morgan or Liz? I won't answer that here, because I do not want to leave any spoilers, but I do think Aguirre ended this book perfectly! I loved her writing style, her character development, and the way she can weave the story in a way that digs its claws into you!
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    When I first read the synopsis of this, I was intrigued. Can you imagine waking up in someone else's body? I would flip out. That's exactly what happens to Liv when her and Morgan and their boyfriends get into a car accident. Liv seems to have died, while Morgan survived. Except she didn't, sorta. But it's not just the new body that would freak me out. It's the mysterious texts. The boyfriend that should be mine, if she were really Morgan, and the general sense that nothing is as it should be. W When I first read the synopsis of this, I was intrigued. Can you imagine waking up in someone else's body? I would flip out. That's exactly what happens to Liv when her and Morgan and their boyfriends get into a car accident. Liv seems to have died, while Morgan survived. Except she didn't, sorta. But it's not just the new body that would freak me out. It's the mysterious texts. The boyfriend that should be mine, if she were really Morgan, and the general sense that nothing is as it should be. When Liv finds a file in Morgan's room, a whole new world opens up for her. There is more going on around her than she ever knew. Scary and horrifying, if I'm being honest. She must try and put the pieces of her past together and see why this has tampered with her future.My heart was racing a quite a few times as I was reading. I wanted to read faster just to get to the end. When it was over, I sat back and wondered what in the world just happened. There's a bit of mystery, romance and sci-fi working here. While it was good, I'm having a hard time figuring out how I feel about the end. For some reason I didn't expect it to happen this way, and yet my head can't wrap around any other way it could've happened. What a ride!
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Two best friends are dating brothers. They're all hanging out together, driving around on a hot summer night when things go horribly wrong. Liv wakes in the hospital, but everyone is calling her Morgan. She's hoping things will get cleared up when the bandages come off, but sadly that's not what happens. Liv has become her best friend Morgan. Morgan is a beautiful rich girl who seemed to have the perfect life, but as Liv finds out it's anything but. She uncovers one dark secret after the other u Two best friends are dating brothers. They're all hanging out together, driving around on a hot summer night when things go horribly wrong. Liv wakes in the hospital, but everyone is calling her Morgan. She's hoping things will get cleared up when the bandages come off, but sadly that's not what happens. Liv has become her best friend Morgan. Morgan is a beautiful rich girl who seemed to have the perfect life, but as Liv finds out it's anything but. She uncovers one dark secret after the other until she fulfills Morgan's last request. This book immediately had me hooked. What is going on?! Liv died but now she's in Morgan's body? And all these secrets Morgan had - wow. This book can serve as a reminder that everyone has their own story, we shouldn't judge or jump to conclusions. I liked the characters. The story was never boring - one thing snowballed into a lot of dirty secrets coming out and Morgan/Liv found strength and courage to keep her head held high. I liked how she no longer took the little things for granted and that she also found out who her true friends were. A compulsive and interesting read for me.Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for a copy of this book.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    After dying in a car crash, Liv wakes up in her best friend's (Morgan's) body. She views the aftermath of her grieving family and boyfriend, along with trying to walk in Morgan's shoes and navigate her life which she realizes is different than she assumed. She learns that although Morgan is rich and popular, thanks to the company her dad founded, her life is very lonely. She comes home to an empty house, except for the presence of a housekeeper, her dad is always at work, and most of the school After dying in a car crash, Liv wakes up in her best friend's (Morgan's) body. She views the aftermath of her grieving family and boyfriend, along with trying to walk in Morgan's shoes and navigate her life which she realizes is different than she assumed. She learns that although Morgan is rich and popular, thanks to the company her dad founded, her life is very lonely. She comes home to an empty house, except for the presence of a housekeeper, her dad is always at work, and most of the school creates gossip about her. The only solace she receives is from Morgan's boyfriend Clay. When secrets seep through the cracks regarding her best friend's hidden life, Liv vows to solve the mysteries and make things right for the both of them.I loved the message of this story. Liv realizes that she has a second chance at life in Morgan's body so she makes the most of it. She understands that things are different and she can't go back to her old life and comfort zone, but as Morgan she can make adjustments to compliment and honor both of them as she travels through life.Thank you NetGalley for an ARC.
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