Young Adult review: Never, Always, Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Title: Never, Always, Sometimes
Author: Adi Alsaid
Series: N/A
Acquired: Review
Publisher: MIRA Ink
Release date: 13th August 2015

Never date your best friend. 
Always be original.
Sometimes rules are made to be broken. 

Best friends Dave and Julia have vowed to never do a long list of things because they don’t want to end up being high school clichés. Although they wrote the list a long time ago, Dave and Julia are now in their senior year and decide that doing the ‘nevers’ list could actually be really fun. But, being outside of their comfort zones forces them both to find out who they really are.

I’m always on the look out for contemporary young adult novels as next to new adult novels, they’re my absolute favourites. I had never read anything by Adi Alsaid before although I had heard good things. 

Never, Always, Sometimes begins with a prologue explaining the ‘nevers’ list and how it came to be. In this first short paragraph you get a glimpse of who Dave and Julia are as people. You can quickly see that they’re a fun pair and I liked them both instantly. There was just something special about their friendship and I couldn’t wait to read more about them.  

The list of ‘nevers’ was written at the beginning of high school but the bulk of the story is set during Dave and Julia’s senior year. It’s clear that these two characters have been close for a very long time and they know each other very well. They know how one another works and they know exactly the kinds of things the other would like. Adi Alsaid writes really likable characters who you are able to relate to. They’re not the most popular in school, they have issues and hang ups but most of all, they’re funny. 

The list is pretty funny and I loved watching the two main characters work their way through the list. One of my favourites had to be ‘Never dye your hair a colour found in a rainbow.’ Quite a lot happens in this book as Dave and Julia have a fair few things to work through. While some things on the list are pretty silly, some are more serious such as ‘Never date your best friend.’ While the things on the list are all quite different, each has an impact on either Dave or Julia, whether it be good or bad so it was interesting to see how each ‘never’ affected the characters. 

The pacing was also pretty great. Although there is a lot happening, Alsaid doesn’t rush things. Some of the events occur slowly over a period of time, rather than being instant. There was a real mix going on in  Never, Always, Sometimes and I was hooked from page one. The writing is fresh and fun but it’s a story that many people can read and enjoy. This one really made me want to read something else by this author. 

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