Have you secretly fall in love with a friend? And yet you two made a LIST of things that you haven’t done yet as friends?

Meet best of friends, Dave and Julia. High school life might be quite difficult and a bit boring if it only revolves between the two of you.

Here comes The ‘Nevers’ List! The 10 things that wrote that they vowed they will never do while in high school. Yet when their graduations is coming up, they both want to have fun and shake things up.

Title: Never Always Sometimes
Author: Adi Alsaid
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date of Publication: August 4, 2015
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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.

What I like about the story:

The Never List is something new. It is something refreshing to read about a certain list that urges you to follow and do it.

Dave and Julia are typical teenagers. You can easily relate on them and they both made you think of your high school life.

Quotes and pages to remember:
*Page 95
Julia to Mr. Marroney, her trigonometry teacher: “There’s something about the slope of his cosine that drives me to irrational equations. There’s something about how he can recite pi to forty digits that makes my… heart swell exponentially. If X is the point where two lines meet, let my tangent and his intersect and repeat. I plotted him on my graph, and he touches all my quadrants.”
*Page 99
Julia’s Mom: “No point in living a life is less ordinary if you don’t know what the other side looks like.”
*Page 250
Dave’s POV: “Love was lazy as hell. Love laid around in bed, love was too lazy to get up to close the blinds, love was too comfortable to get up and go pee, love took many naps and love was also funny.”
*Page 268
Gretchen to Dave: “To be sorry you hurt me is not enough for me to forgive you.”
* Page 285
Marroney to Julia: “Human beings are more or less formulas. Pun  intended. We are not any one thing that is mathematically provable. We are more more or less than we are anything. We like to think we’re formulas that even out exactly, that we are perfect matches with each other. But we’re not.”

How it ends:

There are things that worth to try. Yet there are things that better off that way like Dave and Julia’s friendship.

Verdict:

I like the start of the story yet I was disappointed with the ending. I didn’t expect the last part but somehow I appreciated everything that happened between Dave and Julia. Nice debut novel for Adi Alsaid! 

Thank you Pinoy Book Tours for given a chance to read and review this heartwarming novel!

Please do check out this link for the rest of the blog tour: http://pinoybooktours.blogspot.com/2015/08/ongoing-never-always-sometimes-by-adi.html

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