Like Never and Always

Like Never and Always

by Ann Aguirre

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Like Never and Always 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you’ve ever wanted to live someone else’s life, this is the book for you. For the entirety of their friendship, Liv was in awe of what she assumed was the perfect life. Morgan had her own car, money, and all the freedom that came along with it. What Liv didn’t realize was that with all that freedom came a ton of responsibility. For the most part, Liv was the girl next door. She had loving, involved parents, an annoying younger brother, and your average middle class life. Waking up in Morgan’s body changed all of that drastically. Compared to Morgan, her life was boring, but predictable. The deeper she gets into Morgan’s secret life, the more Liv comes to understand that boring and predictable have a comfort all their own. The premise behind Like Never and Always was a good one. I think I may have watched entirely too many soaps with my grandmother as a child, but the whole idea of waking up in someone else’s body immediately attracted me to this novel. I’ll be honest, I first thought that it was due to a brain injury or some kind of selective amnesia, but I was wrong. While the reason for Liv being in Morgan’s body wasn’t explained well enough for my curious mind, you are at least given a somewhat decent reason for the swap. The way Liv stumbles into Morgan’s secret life is interesting and true to the teens I know. And while the sort-of-maybe love triangle could have been left on the editor’s desk, it did work out well in the end. Overall, a well-written young adult thriller suitable for teens or adults. 3.5/5 *Thanks to Netgalley, the author and publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
* Received from the author for review. After a car accident, Liv wakes up in her best friend Morgan's body. How will she cope and what is Morgan hiding from her best friend? I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's the fastest I've read a book in a long time. I couldn't put it down. I was skeptical about the living in another body plot, since I'm usually not very interested in books like that, but I was so pleasantly surprised at how Mrs. Aguirre handled it. I didn't find any of it cheesy or boring. I appreciated the attempt by Liv to explain what was happening scientifically. That made it easier to suspend my disbelief and fully immerse myself in the story. I really enjoyed the writing. I was never distracted by the language because it didn't sound like teenagers trying to be cool or speaking in slang. The descriptive language was just enough. It fit with the story perfectly. I was able to guess the outcome of some of the mysteries but they played out in such a way that I didn't expect and it wasn't boring. The pacing was great. It never lagged in places it shouldn't and moved along at a great speed especially at the end. It wasn't too fast. It was just right. I was so glad at how Mrs. Aguirre reconciled the Morgan/Liv sharing a body plot. It was handled with respect and was so satisfying. It also gave me something to really think about and ponder. I loved the idea of a chosen name for who you are. I was able to relate to Morgan and Liv's friendship with my own friendship with my best friend. I found a lot of parallels. My best friend and I have been together since elementary school. We're older now than Morgan and Liv but I had to think about what if I woke up in her body. I know a lot of her life experiences but I don't know everything and would be totally lost. We're alike in a lot of ways but also opposite in ways too and I think Mrs. Aguirre did a great job of making Morgan and Liv relatable in that way. Overall, there wasn't much about this book that I disliked. The plot, mysteries, friendships, "love triangle", and the end were all excellent. Even though the MCs are in high school, I think this book transcends age and is a good story for anyone.
Timitra More than 1 year ago
I loved Like Never And Always. I think the author did a great job of conveying just how a person would feel after going through such a traumatic experience and waking up in a body that's not their own. I loved that it was a mix of a few genres,YA, Suspense, Thriller and Romance. I think what I loved about it most other than the way it was crafted was the forbidden nature of the love triangle, it was almost illicit. I highly recommend this book to all, especially those who love weird, edge of the seat page turners. ARC provided by publisher through Net Galley in exchange for a honest review
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
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.
vphillips88 More than 1 year ago
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.
Bobbie Kirkland More than 1 year ago
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