Never Always Sometimes

Adi Alsaid

Alsaid, Adi; Never Always Sometimes
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: 4-Aug-2015
Date Finished: 12-Sep-2016
Format: hardback
Pages: 320
Series: —
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
ISBN: 9780373211548
Source: Barnes & Noble
Rating:3 star

“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. Goodreads


Ironically, the unpredictability of this story was what made me not like it as much. It had a nice flow to it, right up until the major conflict, then everything spiraled out for me. For those who like a happy, but not happy for everyone ending, you’d probably like this book. I prefer all my favorite characters have a wonderful ending, particularly when they have pink hair!


3 thoughts on “Never Always Sometimes

  1. I read this last week and had similar feelings. I don’t necessarily dislike how it ended, however I would have liked the ending to come about differently. I also didn’t like the fact that every other word was the word “cliche,” it got annoying after a while. I did enjoy the dialogue between characters!

  2. I agree. Dave is a wonderful character who was witty. I also grew tired of things being cliche as well. I can’t say I was that hung up on cliche when I was in high school.

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