Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: August 4th 2015
Genres: Dating & Sex, Friendship, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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.
Longtime friends Dave and Julia create a list of Nevers or cliches they never want to experience or do but come senior year they begin to realize how much they have missed out on and decide to complete every Never on the list.
The concept behind NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES is a fun one, I really liked the idea of the Nevers list and enjoyed experiencing (and reminiscing about) some enjoyable and memorable high school moments right alongside the main characters.
“No point in living a life less ordinary if you don’t know what the other side looks like.”
Dave and Julia themselves are very personable and have a great dynamic with each other, throwing around humorous banter and overall just complementing each other. There is a love triangle that lead to a lot of drama, but I liked how it was wrapped up.
The writing is very easy to get into, and it flows well with the story. However, there were some pacing issues and I wish more time had been spent on romantic development and less on angst and parties.
“We are not any one thing that is mathematically provable.”
My favorite aspect of this novel was how it did not end like I expected. It is refreshing to read a contemporary novel like this where you cannot immediately predict the endgame.
Overall, NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES is a novel that fans of the genre will enjoy.