How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Flux.
Cassandra fears rocking the family boat. Instead, she sinks it. Assigned by her English teacher to write a poem that reveals her true self, Cassandra Randall is stuck. Her family’s religion is so overbearing, she can NEVER write about who she truly is. So Cass does what any self-respecting high school girl would do: she secretly begins writing a tarot-inspired advice blog. When Drew Godfrey, an awkward outcast with unwashed hair, writes to her, the situation spirals into what the school calls “a cyberbullying crisis” and what the church calls “sorcery.” Cass wants to be the kind of person who sticks up for the persecuted, who protects the victims the way she tries to protect her brother from the homophobes in her church. But what if she’s just another bully? What will it take for her to step up and tell the truth?
I have really mixed feelings about this book. It was completely readable, but I didn’t really get to like the protagonist Cass. This doesn’t always matter, but I really wanted to like her. I just found Cass to be quite hypocritical and also quite selfish.
Cass is a teenager who isn’t sure what she believes in. Her family are incredibly religious and they force their religion upon her. Cass believes that she’s been a follower all of her life, she wants to find her own way and work out who she really wants to be. This is utterly believable, I think we’ve all gone through this at some point in our lives. Cass changes her attitude quite frequently in the story. It is like she’s not sure who she is and she’s trying to find an identity. She did come over very hypocritical, slamming people who bully, yet not being the nicest person herself. Thinking about it, this is what many people are like. We don’t always practise what we preach. However, for some reason I had trouble with connecting with Cass, even though I understood where she was coming from.
A lot of this book does focus on religion. Cass is surrounded by a family who are so religious and religion is particularly powerful in the community in which she lives. Religion can be overbearing sometimes. I respect other people’s beliefs and I have my own, but I can’t stand it when religion is shoved down people’s throats. This is another aspect of the book that was believable. Religion can be the cause of much conflict in people’s lives.
I did think this was an enjoyable, quick read. I just think there were too many issues going on. Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always deals with religion, homosexuality, suicide, bullying, love and finding yourself. I think if it focused on just a few of these issues then it would’ve been a much stronger read for me.
Next NetGalley Read:
The Devil’s Reprise- Karina Halle