Release Date: August 4th, 2015
Read: July 16th- 21st, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: ARC, 320 pages
Source: Gift from Author
Description from GoodReads:
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.
Your heart is an asshole for choosing someone else.
Never Always Sometimes was a top 2015 anticipated read for me, the plot and the cover totally won me over. Like look at it! Simple yet colour filled book covers have always been my favourite, this one probably making the top of the list. Then the description, I'm graduating this year (2015-2016), so it was the perfect book to be reading.
The setting for Never Always Sometimes didn't feel legitimate for me. The feel of the school, the things that went on for the list, the tree house in the school yard, "attempting" to hook up with the math teacher. Things like that would never happen at my high school, and even if they did or were even attempted then they wouldn't have been given a thumbs up or a warning they would have been suspended or worse. I just couldn't connect with the high school vibe because of it.
Honestly, everything besides the setting was just fabulous for me, every person had their own twist to them. Julia being my favourite, wild and a bit rebellious! I just couldn't get enough of being in her head! Alsaid gave everyone of his characters something unique, you couldn't not find one of them to relate too!
Never Always Sometimes is a joyful read that will lift everyone's spirits, certainly a book that you'd expect Adi Alsaid to write! Any book of his is a must read!
"Really? Erections are the best way to measure the quality of a day?" ~ Julia
Recommend to People Who Enjoy:
Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, High School