ARC Review: Never Always Sometimes

7.30.2015
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
Expected Publication: August 4th, 2015 by HarlequinTeen
Source: Won (ARC)
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 die 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.
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Here's the thing. I should have DNF'ed this book. I rated it 2 stars, but I think I should have saved myself the time. It wasn't bad. I think a lot of contemporary fans will love it. And I was so anticipating it - I get frustrated when everyone on the planet seems to be in love with their best friend, but I do love the trope. I was hoping for something like Emmy & Oliver, with a super cute and adorable romance in addition to the real life problems. But I was just . . . bored with this one.


Julia and Dave. Dave and Julia. Best friends - but Dave has been pining after Julia for years. In the beginning, you get to see Julia through Dave's eyes, and it's really lovely. And then they decide, in a last hurrah, to do all the things they said they'd never do in high school right before they graduate.

A love triangle quickly comes into play, and honestly, I just . . . didn't enjoy it. It's very bittersweet, because here you have Dave, who's been pining for his best friend from page one. So you get invested in that relationship. They clearly have a very close relationship and there's plenty of snark between them. And then along comes Gretchen, sweet and nice. And it makes sense, really. I can't expect every book to have a happily ever after, because that's not how life works. You don't always end up with your first love.

But this is fiction, and I WANT MY HEA, GODDAMMIT. And I never want a love triangle, obviously. It was one that definitely hurt my heart a little bit.


And for me, the writing just didn't bring anything to life. It wasn't bad. But for me, it basically put me to sleep. Nothing came alive, and it was just so, so disappointing. I found myself skimming far too often and basically praying for the end. And that's when you know you need to DNF a book. But I clung because I wanted to see how it ended. I continually had to force myself to pick it up. And sure, it didn't take me all that long to finish, but that was partly because of the skimming and partly because I had three days off of work, so I would set the book down for two hours and force myself to pick it up again.

tl;dr: It was boring. And disappointing. Skip it unless you really really loved Let's Get Lost, and then try it out. But make better decisions than I did. If you're as bored as I was, just DNF it and move on to something more interesting. 2 stars.


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7.30.2015

ARC Review: Never Always Sometimes

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
Expected Publication: August 4th, 2015 by HarlequinTeen
Source: Won (ARC)
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 die 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.
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Here's the thing. I should have DNF'ed this book. I rated it 2 stars, but I think I should have saved myself the time. It wasn't bad. I think a lot of contemporary fans will love it. And I was so anticipating it - I get frustrated when everyone on the planet seems to be in love with their best friend, but I do love the trope. I was hoping for something like Emmy & Oliver, with a super cute and adorable romance in addition to the real life problems. But I was just . . . bored with this one.


Julia and Dave. Dave and Julia. Best friends - but Dave has been pining after Julia for years. In the beginning, you get to see Julia through Dave's eyes, and it's really lovely. And then they decide, in a last hurrah, to do all the things they said they'd never do in high school right before they graduate.

A love triangle quickly comes into play, and honestly, I just . . . didn't enjoy it. It's very bittersweet, because here you have Dave, who's been pining for his best friend from page one. So you get invested in that relationship. They clearly have a very close relationship and there's plenty of snark between them. And then along comes Gretchen, sweet and nice. And it makes sense, really. I can't expect every book to have a happily ever after, because that's not how life works. You don't always end up with your first love.

But this is fiction, and I WANT MY HEA, GODDAMMIT. And I never want a love triangle, obviously. It was one that definitely hurt my heart a little bit.


And for me, the writing just didn't bring anything to life. It wasn't bad. But for me, it basically put me to sleep. Nothing came alive, and it was just so, so disappointing. I found myself skimming far too often and basically praying for the end. And that's when you know you need to DNF a book. But I clung because I wanted to see how it ended. I continually had to force myself to pick it up. And sure, it didn't take me all that long to finish, but that was partly because of the skimming and partly because I had three days off of work, so I would set the book down for two hours and force myself to pick it up again.

tl;dr: It was boring. And disappointing. Skip it unless you really really loved Let's Get Lost, and then try it out. But make better decisions than I did. If you're as bored as I was, just DNF it and move on to something more interesting. 2 stars.


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