LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS by Ann Aguirre

LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A teen swaps bodies with her best friend after a fatal car crash, but with a twist.

Rich, stylish, high school senior Morgan Frost and her best friend, whip-smart junior Olivia Burnham, have bright futures ahead of them until Olivia is killed in a car crash. She is survived by Morgan and the girls’ boyfriends, brothers Clay and Nathan Claymore. Well…not so fast. Olivia is alive, but she’s trapped inside Morgan’s long-legged body instead of her own petite frame. Horrified, she tries to get a handle on Morgan’s privileged life, eventually turning up sordid secrets, including her friend’s affair with a much older, and very creepy, politician and disturbing details surrounding the death of Morgan’s mother 10 years ago. Olivia, who narrates, deep dives into the darkness that lurked underneath Morgan’s picture-perfect exterior, putting herself in danger in the process. Olivia’s struggle to avoid losing herself as she’s forced to live Morgan’s very different life is realistically rendered, and Aguirre (The Wolf Lord, 2018, etc.) builds considerable suspense, but the abrupt payoff after so much time spent digging into Morgan’s mother’s suspicious death is disappointing. While the main characters are white, diversity can be found in Morgan’s multiethnic group of artistic friends.

The book offers a compelling twist on the body-swap trope, but this still doesn’t quite elevate an otherwise standard thriller. (Romantic thriller. 14-18)

Pub Date: July 17th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-7653-9758-4
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Tor Teen
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2018




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