Review: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

SYNOPSIS:Never Always Sometimes

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.


This book has been receiving a ton of hype and it’s not even out yet so my initial thought and predictions for an epic read were high. However, this story was mediocre for me. I wasn’t enthralled or enchanted by the characters and the story fell predictable and flat to me. I wanted characters I could fall in love with and be fascinated by instead I was bored, and around 58% wondering when the book was going to end. The story just couldn’t hold my interest.

There wasn’t anything about this book that I hated, two best friends in high school make a never-do list and decide to complete it their senior years. Then unrequited love mixed with a love triangle, you know the story its been told a ton of different times. There was decent character development as they matured and the story progressed but the story left me wanting more. I wanted to know how Julia’s fathers felt about her mother. I wanted to know how things played out with Julia and Brett. I wanted some epic moment that I didn’t see coming. Unfortunately I was left with questions and disappointments.


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