Review: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Review: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Review: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
Always Never Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Genres: Coming of Age, Romance, Young Adult
Published by Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: August 4th 2015
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Buy the book: Amazon



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.

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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I went through a range of emotions while reading this.

First it was boring, then the story got very good, and then it was even better.

Dave has been in love with his best friend Julia throughout his entire high school career. He thinks about her constantly, and has never even glanced in the direction of another girl. Things complicated when he and Julie decide to complete a list of everything they decided they would never do in high school.

Nothing is off limits, and they vow to do everything from “seducing a teacher” to “going on an epic road trip”. While stepping out of their self imposed shells for the first time, Dave and Julia make new friends, drift apart, and become close in new and exciting ways.

Dave meets a cute girl named Gretchen, and starts to feel things for her, and of course that means Julia has to choose that moment in time to decide she has feelings for him. This wouldn’t be a YA romance if she didn’t.

There are a lot of things I want to say about this book that I can’t because it would spoil things. I know I could use the “spoiler” function, but I think we all know that most people read the spoilers and then regret it later. I am going to do you a favor this time and remove the temptation. You will thank me later.

Because of all the drama that went down between Dave, Julia, and Gretchen and the way things ended, I can’t say that I LOVED this book, but it was a darn good book nonetheless. It made me feel things in a way that I was never expecting. The dialogue was charming and witty. And I may not like some of the choices Dave made, but he was a teenager, and he had every right in the world to be confused and screw up so I liked him anyway. I loved everything about Julia and I was very proud of her by the end of the book. And Gretchen was too adorable for words.

Sorry if this review was all over the place, but I am still putting my emotions back together again. Plus, this is a very difficult book to review without spoiling, but gosh darn it, I did my best.

Because of language, and mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 15 and up.

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Author Biography

About Adi Alsaid

Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, then studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it's no surprise that after graduating, he did not go into business world but rather packed up his apartment into his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he's lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list. Let's Get Lost is his YA debut.

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3 thoughts on “Review: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

  1. It sounds like this one has a slow beginning but after getting through that, it gets better and better. If I ever do end up reading this book, I will bear it in mind if I am struggling to get through the start. Oh, and when best friends fall in love I love it! It’s so cute <3

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