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Early Departures Hardcover – Sept. 22 2020

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Product details

  • Item Weight : 522 g
  • Hardcover : 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062748408
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062748409
  • Product Dimensions : 13.97 x 3.68 x 20.96 cm
  • Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books (Sept. 22 2020)
  • Language: : English

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"A page-turning narrative with a cast of fully realized characters and realistic dialogue. The skillful use of flashbacks and social media content fully engages readers. Despite the seriousness of the story, humor and moments of pathos will elicit empathy and connection. This thoroughly satisfying novel of love, loss, and reconciliation is not to be missed." (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“This charming, wry novel packed with witty, crackling banter is propulsively readable. There are some big questions about choice, consequences, loyalty, and love in this novel, and Reynolds beautifully complements those heavy concerns with the sweet, funny, and genuine voice of his protagonist. (Booklist (starred review))

Praise for Opposite of Always: Opposite of Always  is as beautiful as it is funny, warm, and captivating. One of the best love stories I’ve ever read. Jack King is the hero we’ve been waiting for.” (Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times  bestselling author of The Hate U Give)

“Read this one, reread it, and then hug it to your chest. Reynolds’ debut is wise, heartfelt, and wildly, infinitely charming.”   (Becky Albertalli, #1 New York Times  bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda  and Leah on the Offbeat)

"Reynolds weaves themes of friendship and tragic loss into a sensitive tale... deftly uses humor throughout this fast-paced, engagingly written book." (Horn Book Magazine)

“A love story about friendship with a “choose your own adventure” twist... Any teen who’s ever wanted a do-over will enjoy reading this story.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

Romeo and Juliet  meets Groundhog Day  and Love Story  in this wonderfully romantic story of teenage love and second chances.… Reynolds creates a pair of unforgettable protagonists who are doomed to love, lose, and work to find one another again and again.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Reynolds spins a poignant, dizzying tale of love and loss in this page-turning time-travel fantasy.” (Horn Book)

“[Reynolds] creates an enormously likable character who is doing the best he can and then some ...the book’s blend of humor and heartbreak wins out.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Jack’s narration is as funny as it is poignant as he moves from romantic to frantic and back again... [a] sentimental but not saccharine fantasy.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

About the Author

Justin A. Reynolds has always wanted to be a writer. Opposite of Always, his debut novel, was an Indies Introduce selection and a School Library Journal Best Book, has been translated into seventeen languages, and is being developed for film with Paramount Players. He lives in northeast Ohio with his family. You can find him at www.justinareynolds.com.

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