Review: Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre

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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.

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.

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