Never Always Sometimes

Never Always Sometimes

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Harlequin UK

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Let’s Get Lost


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 happy to say that my experience reading Never Always Sometimes was much better than my last experience reading a book by Adi Alsaid. In fact, this book got me out of a terrible reading slump! It was a solid contemporary which I very much enjoyed. Whilst I wouldn’t say it was my favourite read of the year, it was still incredibly enjoyable, and a book that I think many readers are going to enjoy.

Never Always Sometimes centres around two teenagers who have always wanted to be different to the norm. They don’t want to be the typical, cliche teenager at high school, but they realise that they’ve been missing out on a lot through avoiding what their peers are doing.

I thought I was going to start eye rolling when I read that there was a longing after a best friend element in this story, but it seemed to work well with this story. This book does seem a little far fetched at times and some of the things the main characters do are a little risky considering their age. I can’t complain too much though. It’s a fun, fluffy read which I flew through. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did, and it proves to me that you should always give an author a second chance!

Would I recommend it?:

An enjoyable, contemporary read!


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