ARC Review: Never, Always, Sometimes

Posted August 4, 2015 by admin in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments

NAS Never, Always, Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

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 Pub Date: Aug. 4th 2015

 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


First of all I would like to take a moment to appreciate how quickly I read this book, my determination to have this review posted no later than the pub date was a great motivator.

Secondly, I wanted to point out that I was super stoked to get this book. I actually met Adi at BEA and got my ARC signed!

Lastly I wanted to share my love of his debut novel Let’s Get Lost which I read on the 2 day car ride down from BEA/BookCon. (You can read my review/experience here.)

Now onto the actual review! Never, Always, Sometimes was a quick and interesting read that was slightly reminiscent of Adi’s debut novel (mostly due to the formatting). Julia and Dave have been best friends for over four years and a few months before their high school graduation they find a list of ‘nevers’, aka cliches, that they made before starting high school. Julia thinks it’ll be fun to go through and complete the list of nevers as a way to acknowledge and celebrate the end of high school.

Overall the book was enjoyable and laugh out loud funny, however I was a bit disappointed. Upon reading the synopsis I thought that this was going to be a fun and lighthearted story about a couple of friends that were on a mission to experience every high school cliche known to man. I did not expect any drama at all and became uninterested in the story when it popped up. After thinking about it for awhile I decided that my favorite parts was the beginning and part of the middle, but after that I found my focus drifting.

Funnily enough this book reminded me of the beginning of Paper Towns, which is ironic since Adi’s other novel is often compared to it as well. I loved the obvious friendship between the two and the sense of ‘adventure’ they had when tacking things off of their list. They were funny and loving and everything one wants to have in a best friend. That being said, I would recommend this book to any fans of Paper Towns.

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