Thursday, April 20, 2017

Never Always Sometimes, by Adi Alsaid

Never date your best friend.

Always be original.

Sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

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.

6 hours! 6 hours is all it took for me to finish this book! Once I started really getting into this book, I couldn't put it down. About half way through is when I started to really get drawn into the story line. This book was very well written and a very easy read. Normally I don't like going back and forth between different characters perspectives but Alsaid really made if flow well, making me actually want to see the other perspective. There were also parts where I literally laughed out loud, that very rarely happens with books. I cant actually remember the last time I read a book that physically made me laugh.

I'm usually very good at predicting what's going to happen in movies and books, however with this book I was left guessing a lot. I definitely wasn't expecting the ending of this book. But maybe its the romantic in me, I always want a happy ending. I always expect people to end up together when in reality it doesn't always happen. I also felt the main female characters, Julia, story fell a little flat. I wanted to know more about certain situations or people in her life. I would have loved to get more emotion from the characters, like what were they really feeling? Is Julia really okay with how things came about?

I would give this book a 3 star rating. I was a good read, well planned out and flowed well. The reason why this book didn't receive a higher rating was because there wasn't a lot of drama and the drama that it did have was very immature.  Having said that, I really enjoyed Alsaid's style of writing and I am really excited to find more books written by him!

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