Review for Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

TITLE: Never Always Sometimes
AUTHOR: Adi Alsaid
PUBLICATION DATE: August 4, 2015
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen
LENGTH: 320 pages
FORMAT: eARC
SOURCE: Publisher via Edelweiss
RATING: 2 bows

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 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.

THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS.

I’m not even going to lie, I was highly disappointed in this novel. I had very, very high expectations for this novel because I love the friends turn into more story line. It was obvious from line one that Dave and Julia would confess their mutual feelings at some point and live happily ever after, or at least the high school equivalent. Let me just assure you, that is not how this novel ends. Not even close. Dave ends up with someone else altogether and there are light clues that Julia will eventually make a connection with Dave’s other brother. It’s just so disappointing because they set it up PERFECTLY and then let it all fall to shit.

This is turned into an unnecessary love triangle, between Dave, Julia, and another girl Dave starts dating when he doesn’t believe he’ll ever get Julia. It’s one of those situations where I just want to scream “FUCKING COMMUNICATE ALREADY.” This whole thing could have been solved very easily if either main character would have simply opened their goddamn trap a bit earlier on in the novel. The love triangle just ruins it completely.

It starts out in Dave’s perspective with him pining over Julia constantly. Then he starts dating a girl and we finally start getting Julia’s perspective. Unlike Dave, Julia has not pined over her bestie for her entire life. She’s just now starting to really notice Dave and fall for him…just a few moments too late.

The really (REALLY) frustrating thing is how close it was to being perfect. Dave and Julia finally do realize their feelings for each other and make a go at it. And they are great together, but it’s just too late. The whole there is a nagging third wheel hanging over everyone’s head and the element of cheating that I’m just not okay with. I’m not okay with cheating on any level and I’m definitely not okay with how that went. By the Dave/Julia action gets started, I’m already concerned for the innocent bystander that is Dave’s girlfriend.

The only thing I liked about this was how readable it was. I was hooked from the first page. I wanted to continue. I needed to know if Julia and Dave ever made it happen. I needed to see how good they were together. I feel like I get the point the author is trying to make, that what you think you want might not be what you need and how opportunity has an expiration date, but I just don’t care. I don’t read to learn life lessons, I read to escape life. I read get away from the harsh bullshit of reality. So if that seems like your kind of thing, please read this book, but if you were looking to find two friends who realize they are in love and ride off in the sunset together, look elsewhere.

****Thank you to Harlequin Teen for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****

2 bows
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