Never Always Sometimes

Never Always Sometimes

Book - 2015
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"Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliche 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.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada :, Harlequin Teen,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780373211548
0373211546
Characteristics: 313 pages ; 22 cm

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libraryeee
Oct 06, 2016

Other than a (mild) sex scene where no protection is used, a very enjoyable story

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 27, 2016

What is a cliché? To me, it's something that has an "overrated" or easily identified concept attached with it. Two friends Dave and Julia swore that they would never ever become high school clichés who "acted" in certain ways or did the "incredibly boring" things that everyone else did. So with weeks left, they decided to "live a little" and try out everything they wrote on their "Nevers list." To be abrupt, I didn't enjoy reading from Julia's side as much as Dave's because I felt that his heart was in a stronger place. Hers hid behind a wall of making jokes of everything, and she wasn't truthful with herself until the end.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The day before 9th grade, best friends Dave and Julia make a list: The Never List. A list of high school clichés that Dave and Julia swore never to do. Dave’s problem? He broke number 8, “Never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school.” Or he could’ve broken number 10, “Never date your best friend” when he fell in love with Julia four years ago. Then Julia gets a crazy idea. Why not break every single Never as a celebration of their graduation? Even though the two dye their hair awful colours, the idea seems perfect for Dave, because he gets to date Julia. Except, Dave meets Gretchen; the blonde definition of perfection. Things go haywire as Dave must choose between his best friend, and a normal high school experience. Adi Alsaid has this way of twisting your emotions until you have no idea what will happen next. He makes you think the story is going in one direction, then sharp turn onto another road. Just as you think it’s settling down again, you go on a highway of bumps and twists and turns and you just want to cry because it didn’t end the way you wanted it to. An ending that is the perfect ending, it’s just that this isn’t the classic happily ever after, which is why the ending sucks, but I still can’t picture this book ending any other way than it did. 9 out of 9 Muses.
- @Slytherin_of_Cabin7 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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blue_dolphin_4400
Dec 29, 2015

I loved the plot this book up until the ending. Dave's decision was unforgettable. :(
Overall, well written YA novel. Frankly, I'm still upset about the ending.

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livieb17
Oct 15, 2015

I picked this up after reading a book that had a really bad ending. I was hoping that this would be light and funny (with a good ending) and that it would take me out of my misery from the previous horrible ending. The book fulfilled everything except the ending. It was basically good until Part three. That was with 30-50 pages left. And honestly, I didn't feel like reading another book because of now two books with horrible endings. I really loved the plot of this book. And while Julia and Dave were doing the nevers, it was hilarious. I loved it, but then Dave kept doing all of the wrong things, which also ruined the book for me.

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whdn
Sep 05, 2015

Was like watching My Best Friend's Wedding all over again. The ending is all wrong! I am so mad right now...

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Dec 29, 2015

blue_dolphin_4400 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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