Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre

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Title:
Like Never and Always
Author: Ann Aguirre
Genre: Young Adult
# of Pages: 336
Publisher: Tor Teen (Raincoast Books)
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Buy: Amazon | Chapters 

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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. (Goodreads)

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This is my first novel by Ann Aguirre and I have to say it was a great introduction. I didn’t really know what to think going in. In the synopsis were told a girl wakes up in her best friends body, it seemed a little too “Freaky Friday” for me. I thought I would give it a shot and see how the first 50 pages went. I couldn’t put it down. Aguirre played the weird switch off very well and it was interesting to see how the main character moved forward.

This book has a little bit of everything. Suspense, murder, a supernatural twist and even some romance are all found in this story. In the beginning, the focus is mostly on Liv realizing that she is now in Morgan’s body. As she is coming to terms with that she starts to figure out that she didn’t know her best friend Morgan as well as she thought. She didn’t know the true nature of Morgan’s relationship with Clay. She didn’t know that she was investigating the death of her mother. Liv was always under the impression that Morgan’s life was perfect, until she was thrown into it and starts to see the reality. Honestly, I wasn’t all that intrigued by the mystery Liv/Morgan is trying to unravel throughout the book. What got me hooked was seeing how Liv was adjusting to life as Morgan, and how others were responding to the “new” Morgan.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I think the thriller/mystery aspect of the story really needed more. I don’t think readers were given enough details to really feel invested in the mystery. The ending was a too convenient for me. I don’t want to give any spoilers away but I liked how the mystery was resolved, I just don’t think it unfolded as much as it needed too. It left me with way too many questions.

I really enjoyed Clay’s character. It was really interesting to see how Liv’s perspective of him changed when she got to see him through Morgan’s eyes. I wish we would have seen a little more progression with Nathan’s character. I think things were wrapped up a little too quickly and neatly when it comes to him.

Overall, this was an intriguing read and one that definitely held my attention. I’m not sure that I would classify this as a thriller/mystery, but I definitely enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more of Ann Aguirre’s work.

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