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"Every page bursts with humor, squee-inducing romance, and an abiding sense of the deep love and joy of its two writers . . . Always Never Yours is a necessary, feel-good addition to the YA canon.”—Entertainment Weekly
Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It's not a curse or anything, it's just the way things are. and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theater, and fulfilling her dream school's acting requirement in the smallest role possible. But her plans quickly crumble when she's cast as none other than Juliet--yes, that Juliet--in her high school's production. It's a nightmare. Megan's not an actress and she's certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script. Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen--thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn't a girl get to star in her own love story?
About the Author
Austin and Emily met in high school and fell in love over a shared passion for Shakespeare. Austin went on to study English at Harvard so he could continue to impress Emily with his literary analysis, while Emily studied adolescent psychology at Princeton. They live in Los Angeles, where they've combined their interests and decided to write stories of high school, literature and first love.
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Praise for Always Never Yours:
"This contemporary romance is equal parts swoony, delightful, and heartfelt with a refreshingly empowered main character that's sure to charm you all the way to the end."—Buzzfeed
“Smart, Shakespearean, and packed with banter of the highest order, this book is a delight, and guaranteed to be one of my—and your—favorite rom-coms of the year."—BN Teen Blog
"Perfect for the hopeless romantic."—POPSUGAR
“An utterly charming story of love, family, heartbreak, and drama. I absolutely loved it!”—Morgan Matson, New York Times bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone "One of the best, most painfully real and hilarious portrayals of teen life that I've read. Kick-ass, poignant, achingly funny and spot on. This book has it all--a stand-up hero, strong friendships, witty banter, serious life questions. How do I love it? Let me count the ways."—Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door
"In Always Never Yours, as in all of the best Shakespearean send-ups, the course of true love does not run smoothly, but it sure is swoony. You can't help but root for Megan, the novel's funny, bold, unapologetic and endearing heroine, as she struggles to learn that she too is brave enough to be the star of her own story."—Julie Buxbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things
"Romance, humor, and a spunky heroine the Bard himself would surely get behind! Feminist readers will root for Megan on her complicated-but-charming quest for true love."—Micol Ostow, bestselling author of Mean Girls: A Novel with Tina Fey
"Shakespeare fans, this book was written for you! The witty, seductive characters, the incredible plot — there is no doubt that all types of YA readers will find something to swoon over in this high school love story."—RT Reviews "A funny, romantic and memorable story.”—BookPage
"Utterly binge-worthy, this is a story about the theater, a girl, and her hilarious yet heartbreaking love life . . . Witty banter and endearing characters make this high school romance a delight to read.”—Brightly
"A contemporary romantic comedy with wit, heart, and spot-on pacing."—Forever Young Adult
"Real-life romantic partners Wibberley (the Last Oracle series) and Siegemund-Broka (making his YA debut) collaborated in this theater-centered novel . . . the coauthors wisely balance out the romance with family drama, and Megan’s commitment to a future life in the theater will please readers who share a similar love of Shakespeare and want a little romance to go with their drama"—Publishers Weekly
"Megan and Owen’s flirty, whip-smart banter is irresistible, and it’s refreshing to see a swoonworthy Asian male love interest . . . Charming characters and an enchanting exploration of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy make this debut a must-read."—Kirkus Reviews
"A delightful, light romance readers won’t be able to put down."—SLJ "It is refreshing to see a female character portrayed as fearless and comfortable with her own physicality . . . Supporting characters include a realistically diverse group of friends, and their interactions are authentic. Fans of Jenny Han and Kasie West will root for Megan’s happiness.—VOYA