Review: Never Always Sometimes

Aug •  21 •  2015

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Never Always SometimesNever Sometimes Always by Adi Alsaid
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Harlequin Teen on August 4th 2015
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Romance
Pages: 320
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher

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.

I have seen this book around a lot and wanted to give it a try. I have to admit that going into this story I had no idea what to expect. In the end, it was awesome.

Plot: This is about two best friends that make a list of things never to do in high school. Like typical cliche high schooler stuff. School goes by and during the senior year they decide to go against it. I was all for this plot. I like the idea of not being typical cliche  but then again isn’t that what you remember about high school. The cliche stuff. So yeah, the plot definitely kept in me in the story.

Dave/Julia: This story is broken down into three parts. First Dave, then Julia, then them together. Getting to read both sides of the story is awesome. I like that I can take a stroll in Dave’s shoes and then move on to Julia’s. The storylines all flowed well together and towards the middle is when things really pick up the pace.

Ending: For me, the ending was the best part!! I was hoping that the story would end a certain way but AHHHH! It ended on a bittersweet moment. I know that so much is left unsaid but that is the way life is. Sometimes you must make the sacrifice to let the person go.

Overall, I would highly recommend it! For me the story flowed well, had great plot twists and of course a ever lasting friendship.  Charming and witty, this story captures amazing moments between friends. I look forward to reading more by this author.