Title: Never, Always, Sometimes
Author: Adi Alsaid
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Rating: 3/5 stars
Goodreads 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 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.
Spoiler Free Thoughts: Aw I was so excited for this book. From the description it sounded right up my alley, best friends who were bound to fall in love, great right? Sadly I was slightly disappointed but while reading Never Always Sometimes I was into it and at times it was super cute! The writing was average but not boring so that was good! But if you are a person who doesn’t like clichés then I would steer you away from this book because it’s full of them. And I know, the whole point of the book is that the main characters Dave and Julia are going to try out some high school clichés but in the end the book is one big cliché kinda high school story (and I say that not in a mean way just in a truthful way). If you are looking for a short contemporary and you don’t mind a book revolving around clichés and high school then I’d suggest you pick this up because it was enjoyable and I did like it. I will be definitely be reading Adi Alsaid’s other book Lets Get Lost in the future because I definitely want to give him another short even though this wasn’t necessarily my favourite.
Spoilery Thoughts: Okay, no one actually wanted Gretchen to end up with Dave, and if you did WHAT!? Gretchen wasn’t a bad girl or anything I liked her as a character but c’mon, Dave and Julia were meant to be from the start and I don’t know why Adi Alsaid did that whole ‘Dave is with Gretchen oh wait no now he’s with Julia and happily ever af – JUST KIDDING Julia is now going to randomly give Dave back to Gretchen RIGHT at the end of the book and pretend everything will be fine even though it’ll never be the same ever again.’ thing… From the whole synopsis of the book you are led to believe Dave and Julia will end up together in the end and the “best friends in love” ending might have been cliché but honestly I wish it would have ended that way. Speaking of cliché, Never Always Sometimes was the definition of cliché and I know the whole point of the book was that Dave and Julia were going to tes high school clichés but 1) it just made the whole book in general more tropey and 2) half the high school clichés they were going to test or whatever weren’t even real things that happen in high school. I am a high school student and no one gets “recognized by their lunch spot” you just eat at the cafeteria or in the halls or at the food places across the street and everyone minds their own business and hangs out with their group of friends. Also “going on a road trip” also isn’t really a cliché because most of the kids in high school can’t even drive and if they do have their permit they need someone who has their licence in the car while their driving and I don’t think anyone is planning on brining their mom or dad on a road trip that’s meant to be just them and their friends. Plus in this book Gretchen taught Dave how to drive and then he just drive but it doesn’t work that way in real life, you have to do drivers tests and stuff. Okay and by this whole paragraph of me saying the things I didn’t like about the book it seems like I hated it but I really didn’t! I had a nice time reading it while I was reading it, the plot was easy to follow, and since it was a contemporary there was no huge world building so I kinda just flew through it. The characters were likeable and all but this isn’t the sort of book that had a huge lasting impact on me, it was just short and sweet and sometimes that’s all you need.