Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
Summary: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.
Review: Did that summary hook you? For me, I couldn't wait to start reading. Both Dave and Julia really intrigued me. I loved how the views switched back and forth (sorta reminded me of All the Bright Places) and I enjoyed that a lot especially because Julia is such an unpredictable character so it was nice to hear her thoughts and understand her better. Once I got to know her I actually really liked her, because she's adventurous and fun (unlike my preference of staying home and reading ahahah) and that makes her someone you can depend on to chill with.
Then there's Dave who has to be the most down to earth guy I've read about. He's always calm and kind and pretty much the exact opposite of that bad boy vibe many other books portray. He shows the other side to guys so instead of guys always lusting for girls Dave shows a deeper kind of love and devotion. He's also someone I'd want as a friend because he's so honest and kind and loyal, it's sort of hard not to want a friend like that.
Even though both characters were great, my favorite part was the whole idea of the cliches and getting through them before the end of high school. This is because my school is SUPER tiny so we actually don't have many cliches at all in our school so in a way my life is similar to Dave and Julia's before the list. *scroll down for spoilers*
Overview: I really enjoyed this book! It was well written and full of love, laughter, and hints of reality. (Julia and Dave are friendship goals!)
Includes:love (lol what YA book doesn't), friendships, things you didn't expect ;)
Favorite Quote: “Love traveled, it ran, it covered ground, eager to see more, do more. It was two people keeping pace with each other.”
Opinion Spoilers: When Gretchen came into the story I knew things were about to be shaken up. Even though I secretly wanted Julia and Dave to be together, by the end I saw how well Dave and Gretchen fit together. There were so many twists and turns in this book and I loved every second! So yes for those who don't like to read, first of all you're missing out! and second yes Julia and Dave don't end up together ;(
A fan of anything fiction, furry, & fun.