Like Never and Always
Like Never and Always
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Annotation: Best friends Liv and Morgan are dating brothers, Nathan and Clay. On their way home from a party in Clay's convertible, four lives change forever in a sudden impact, a screech of brakes, and shattering glass. Liv wakes up in the hospital, confused when people call her Morgan. But when the bandages come off her face, it's Morgan's face in the mirror.
Genre: [Suspense fiction]
Catalog Number: #172722
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 336 pages
Availability: Out of Print
ISBN: 0-7653-9758-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-7653-9758-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018288687
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
In Aguirre's romantic suspense novel, a body swap during a fatal car crash sparks a love triangle between two brothers and a girl with two lives. Olivia awakens in a hospital bed, confused to see her best friend Morgan's father and boyfriend at her side. She's horrified to learn that Olivia died in the crash, and the mirror confirms her fears: she's trapped in Morgan's body, as Morgan must have been in hers. Olivia struggles to inhabit Morgan's radically different life, from her vegan diet to loveless home life, while desperately longing for her own. Morgan's life is full of hidden traps and dark deals, dedicated to proving her mother didn't commit suicide, a dangerous puzzle left for Olivia. Meanwhile, Olivia develops feelings for Morgan's boyfriend, Clay, the brother of Olivia's boyfriend, Nathan. The steamy romance that results takes precedence over the otherwise strong thriller element. Olivia's grief, both for Morgan and her own lost life, is perfect in its visceral poignancy, though the ending, in which everything is conveniently tied up, is disappointingly anticlimactic.
Horn Book
After a serious car accident, Olivia wakes up--but discovers that her consciousness survived the crash in the body of her best friend, Morgan. Suddenly submerged in Morgan's privileged life, Olivia discovers unnerving secrets about the girl she thought she knew. The novel's central mystery, although suspenseful, doesn't really pay off, though other elements of this body-swap thriller will satisfy romance and psychological-thriller fans alike.
Publishers Weekly
High school junior Olivia -Liv- Burnham is out for a night of fun with her best friend Morgan in Renton, Ga., when a car accident changes everything. Liv wakes up hospitalized and in Morgan-s body, her own body long since buried. Living Morgan-s life appears to be the only way to stay out of a psychiatric unit, yet Liv quickly realizes just how much Morgan kept secret-and the dangerous trouble Morgan was courting while trying to investigate her mother-s death. Liv seeks out some answers while navigating the complicated particulars of life in a new body with its own memories and history. Liv also feels torn over her feelings for two brothers-one of whom was Liv-s boyfriend before the crash, the other Morgan-s. This suspenseful science fiction thriller is a fresh take on the standard body-swapping story and comes with a few surprisingly dark twists. Liv-s fearful and emotional reactions to her predicament ring true, and it immediately draws the reader into a tender-but conflicted-romance that tugs at the heartstrings. Ages 13-18. Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency. (July)
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Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 9-12

An intense, emotional, compelling read. --Kate Elliott Liv Burnham thinks nobody knows Morgan Frost like she does, but a terrible accident pushes her down the rabbit hole where Morgan's secrets hide and she'll be lucky to make it out alive.... New York Times bestselling author Ann Aguirre shines light on the secrets we keep and asks how well we truly know the ones we love best in her riveting teen thriller, Like Never and Always On a hot summer night, Liv, Morgan, Clay and Nathan are on the way home from a party in Clay's convertible. Best friends dating brothers? It doesn't get better than that. But the joyride ends in sudden impact, a screech of brakes, and shattering glass. On that lonely country road, four lives change forever. Liv wakes in the hospital. At first she's confused when they call her Morgan, but 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 Morgan's. Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life. But as Liv tries to fit herself into Morgan's world, she discovers endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety and a dark task to finish...if she doesn't lose her mind first. Forced to confront the disturbing truths that Morgan kept hidden in life, Liv must navigate a world of long-buried murder, a dangerous love affair--and a romance that feels like a betrayal.


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