Blog Tour: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid (& Giveaway)

NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES

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!

Never Always Sometimes by Adi AlsaidAuthor:  Adi Alsaid

GenreYA, Contemporary

PublisherHarlequin Teen

Publication DateAugust 4, 2015

SYNOPSIS

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.

REVIEW

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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PLAYLIST

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.

DREAM CAST

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

Emma Roberts       Emma Roberts 3

DAVE – Tyler Posey

Tyler Posey      Tyler Posey 2

MARRONEY – Paul Giamatti, David Paymer

Paul Giamatti      David Paymer

GRETCHEN – Anna Sophia Robb

AnnaSophia Robb      AnnaSophia Robb

ABOUT ADI

Adi AlsaidAdi 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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GIVEAWAY

Click the image below for the chance to win (1) of (3) finished copies of NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES by Adi Alsaid (US Only)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2015 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015

Three weeks ago, we had the topic “Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer”, so a few of books on this list will also be on that list. But that’s okay. Here we go.

Mosquitoland by David ArnoldMosquitoland by David Arnold

Fangirl and/or Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Court of Fives by Kate Elliot

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Anything Could Happen by Will WaltonAnything Could Happen by Will Walton

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-Up by Grace Helbig

Never Always Sometimes by Adi AlsaidNever Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Where the Moon Isn’t by Nathan Filer (also known as The Shock of the Fall)

What books are on YOUR summer TBR this year? Link me up to your TTT if you participated! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

Instead of doing books that haven’t been released yet or books I haven’t bought, I’m going to make a list of the ten books I already own that I would like to read this spring. It’ll hopefully work as a way to keep me on track and make me feel a little obligation to get through it before summer. So let’s see. Ten of the books I would like to read this spring (all titles linked to Goodreads):

Mosquitoland by David Arnold    Echo Boy by Matt Haig     Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid     Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell     All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Echo Boy by Matt Haig

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas     The Distance Between Us by Kasie West     Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater     The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith     Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

This was a little easier than trying to list all the amazing books coming out this spring that I want to buy! What books are on your spring TBR?