Published: August 13th 2015, Mira Ink
Acquired: Via NetGalley
What’s the story?
Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they’d never, ever do in high school.
Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never dye your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he’s broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It’s either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember.
Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they’ve actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.
What did I think?
Oh, I so wanted to love Never Always Sometimes. The plot sounded like the sort of contemporary I always enjoy, I’ve heard fab things about the author’s writing style and everything sounded perfect. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it. I didn’t hate it, I just felt a bit underwhelmed by the plot and characters. Nothing was wrong…it just didn’t engage me. If I was to rate this out of ten I’d give it a solid 5/10. Not terrible but not memorable. The plot felt a little…done, and I had to swipe through my copy to remember the character’s names when I sat down to write this review, which sort of told me everything I needed to know.
I have, however, heard wonderful things about Let’s Get Lost, so I’m excited to try that one and see if I enjoy it. Fingers crossed!
Who would I recommend it to?
Eek, I’m not sure that I would. There are too many incredible releases at the moment for me to recommend a book I feel ‘meh’ about.