Today is Never Always Sometimes’ book birthday, and I am super excited to be part of the blog tour for the book! I’ve got my review, along with a playlist and my dream cast for the book’s characters. PLUS, there’s a giveaway at the end of the post, so make sure to stick around for that!
Author: Adi Alsaid
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
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.
I’m a member of Adi’s street team, and I won an ARC of Never Always Sometimes in a street-team-only giveaway. You could say I was pretty excited when I found out I won. I couldn’t wait to dive into NAS.
Hands down my favorite part of this book is the wonderful banter and chemistry (friend chemistry or romantic chemistry – both were wonderful) between Dave and Julia. I laughed out loud SO MANY times. They got along so well and had so many silly inside jokes that I fell in love with them right away. My favorite part was how Julia kept calling Dave by any name except for his actual one (Dave Gutierrez turns to David Beth Kacinski or David Babycakes Howard or David Sporkful McGee – definitely the silliest). I laughed. Every. Single. Time.
There’s also a road trip, which you guys know I love. I can’t give too many details about the road trip without giving away a few spoilers, but I’ll just say there are beaches and music and wonderfulness all around. Most of the novel felt a lot like the road trip – easygoing, fun, quick, and enjoyable.
I also really appreciated the outcome of Never Always Sometimes. I think it’s going to be one of those you either love it or hate it endings, but I loved it. It’s realistic and felt honest and truthful to the characters.
The bottom line: Never Always Sometimes is a fun and fast novel overflowing with great banter, silly nicknames, an easygoing writing style, and a realistic and genuine ending. Despite a few issues I had with it, I thought it was a great read. Check it out if you love wit, road trips, honest endings, and/or easy to read books.
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The following is my playlist for Never Always Sometimes. It’s not in a super strict order, nor is it particularly mesh-y, but it’s a list of songs that came to mind while I was reading. Enjoy.
I’ve never created a dream cast before. Like most readers when reading, the characters look a certain way in my head. I’m really nervous about picking actors for these characters, because I’m not sure if they look the way Adi envisioned them, but these are the actors I was thinking of while reading. I’ve only cast the four main characters (there were several other characters I could’ve cast as well, but these were the ones I had clear pictures of while reading).
JULIA – Emma Roberts
DAVE – Tyler Posey
MARRONEY – Paul Giamatti, David Paymer
GRETCHEN – Anna Sophia Robb
Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, then studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it’s no surprise that after graduating, he did not go into business world but rather packed up his apartment into his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He’s now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he’s lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list. Let’s Get Lost is his YA debut.
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