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Title: Never Always Sometimes
Author: Adi Alsaid
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Summary (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.
As a big fan and supporter of Adi Alsaid, I was really hoping that Never Always Sometimes was going to be just as epic as Let’s Get Lost. The story line is actually really unique and it is definitely a fun summer read. Alsaid certainly develops his characters to a tee, however the book contains far too many clichés and is very predictable.
Despite the predictability, Never Always Sometimes has characters that are very well developed. Adi Alsaid has captured the feeling of being a teenager perfectly. All of his characters are very realistic and relatable. Actually, these characters helped the book become a little less cliché and stopped me from putting the book down.
Never Always Sometimes has too many clichés for my taste. I do understand that the whole point of the book is characters doing clichés, but after so many, it gets a little old. It’s like the whole book is a giant cliché, even the parts that don’t include the list of Nevers. Having said this, the concept of this book is really interesting, but does end up becoming tiresome.
The plot of Never Always Sometimes is very predictable. The whole book is basically laid out in the first chapter, where the list is revealed. The reader can follow along as the main characters complete each task. The book becomes more predictable as it progresses and I found myself to be bored while reading. Personally, I prefer plot twists and surprises when I am reading.
While I love the characters and felt a connection with them, I found the story did not connect as well with me due to the numerous clichés and its predictability. I would recommend this book to those looking for a more laid back and fun book to read.