If I’m being honest, this book was a bit torturous to read. It was full of tired tropes that I’m so over seeing in YA. Even so, I somehow managed to read it rather quickly.
This is another best friends become lovers story, which I’m SUPER EXHAUSTED of. It continues to uphold this idea that guys and girls can never be best friends unless the guy is gay and then he becomes a stereotypical gay best friend. There’s just no winning with these stories. And it was SO ANNOYING for the characters to pause the action to talk about the sexual tension they felt or how they couldn’t act on their feelings for each other. But of course [CAUTION: SPOILER], they both finally come to their senses and fall for each other. And everything works out.
I also really struggled to like one of the protagonists, Julia, who is such a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. She never felt real to me. And I could never understand why David was into other than her MPDG-ness. Even as a POV character, I failed to really connect and feel like she was a real teen girl.
While the Nevers list was a cool idea, I didn’t like the idea of there being a “real” high school experience or that David and Julia really were missing out by not doing things like going to parties. It’s kind of upsetting that these stereotypical high school experiences are still being lauded.
I did like seeing David and Julia grow, even if I had to wade through TONS of problematic behavior and thoughts for the majoity of the book.
This is my kind of book, but if you like stories of fluffy teen escapades and romance, then maybe you’ll enjoy it.
Title: Never Always Sometimes
Author: Adi Alsaid
Overall Rating: 2/5
Format Accessed: paperback