Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Review: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Title: Never Always Sometimes
Author: Adi Alsaid 
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Contest   
Format: ARC
Age Group: Teens
Genre: Contemporary 

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 think I was the kid that always saw or read about these lists of things to stick by when going through school or work or even life. However, I was also, and am still, the kid who also said yes to everything. But what is so cool is the idea of working towards something, to hold yourself accountable. Although, what sounds more like fun is looking at these rules you created so you could follow and do the opposite. 

David and Julia were the kids who never wanted to be tied down to a status quo. To be tied down to these "cliches" was not part of their agenda. However, when the idea of breaking their list of "nevers" starts off as a joke but slowly starts to build into something more, they soon realize what they have been missing and unlock something inside of them. 

I think it is always hard to tell your best friend what your true feelings are of them. Trust me I know. But holding feelings inside and allowing them to grow and grow is not the answer easier. Sometimes you find out how much a person really cares about you when tensions rise and emotions fill the space between each other. These are just my thoughts though. 

There were times that the plot did fall short for me and moments where I put down the book down to take a little break but after my little break I was ready to jump right back in. I am not a reader who really enjoys love triangles but I am always intrigued to see how they play out. I do not know if it was because I was involved in one and they are the greatest of things or the fact that I liked comparing fictional tensions to my own issues. Weird, I know. 

Overall this was a cute read and I am excited to read more of Adi's works and see if contemporary is where he will stay. I think this may be a book where you either enjoy it or put it down and for me I was throughly enjoyed. If you have a curious mind and have yet to pick up this book, please do. A cute read that brings to light how cliches are important to have even when we feel otherwise. 

I give this book 4 souls!

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