Review + Playlist: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid


never always sometimesTitle: Never Always Sometimes
Author: Adi Alsaid
Publication Date: August 4th 2015 by Harlequin Teen
Rating: ★★★★
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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.

Never Always Sometimes was just the kind of book I needed. I needed something to read during my slow lazy days and I think this one fit. During the first few chapters, I was a bit bored but the story was really interesting and the characters were both lovely. As the story progressed, I became more hooked. Adi Alsaid’s magical writing style, I guess.

Dave and Julia are best friends who decided to make a list of Nevers, things that they would never ever do. Dave has been in love with Julia for a long time and he constantly thinks of her. One day, both of them decided it would be fun to do the Nevers, which made things complicated.

“Human beings are more or less formulas. Pun intended. We are not any one thing that is mathematically provable. We are more or less than we are anything. We are more or less kind, or more or less not. More or less selfish, happy, wise, lonely.”

I slowly digested this book. I wasn’t hooked at first but they way Adi Alsaid writes kept me going. His characters are real and dimensional. Julia was definitely a badass character. Her quirks, sass and hilarious persona was one of the main highlights of the novel. It was very easy to love her character. Dave’s character was really interesting too! His feelings for Julia, the way he pines over her, it was pretty amusing to read. He was totally head over heels in love with her but it wasn’t depicted in a way that’s overly annoying.

The thing is, the book wasn’t all happy endings and I would say that this was more about friendship than romance. I loved the ending because I didn’t see that one coming. Okay, I did see it but I didn’t actually think it was going to end that way. I can’t say much without spoiling the book but it definitely made me speechless.

The Playlist

1. droplets – Lewis Watson ft. Gabrielle Aplin

“I’m walking down this world alone
And I figured all I’m thinking ’bout is you
Is you, my love”

2. Tear in My Heart by Twenty One Pilots

“She’s the tear in my heart, I’m alive,
She’s the tear in my heart, I’m on fire,
She’s the tear in my heart, Take me higher,
Than I’ve ever been.”

3. Honey by Magic Man

“You’re everything I need
I smell honey in your hair
I see longing in your stare
All I know is that you care”

4. This is the Life by Two Door Cinema Club

“One year, 5 days and we’re starting new
Try to make a change, it’s one more thing to do”

5. Wolves Without Teeth by Of Monsters and Men

“I can see through you
We are the same
It’s perfectly strange
You run in my veins
How can I keep you
Inside my lungs
I breathe what is yours
You breathe what is mine”

6. Bloom by The Paper Kites

“When the evening pulls the sun down,
And the day is almost through,
Oh, the whole world it is sleeping,
But my world is you.”

7. Love Like This by Kodaline

“A love like this won’t last forever
I know that a love like this won’t last forever
But I, I don’t really mind, I don’t really mind at all”

8. Best Day of my Life by American Authors

“I hear it calling outside my window
I feel it in my soul
The stars were burning so bright
The sun was out ’til midnight
I say we lose control”

About Adi Alsaid

Adi AlsaidAdi 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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  1. I like the sound of this book becoming all the more interesting as you keep reading and is brilliant for one of those where you just need something to read. I might try this one! As for the playlist I only know of ONE song on that list! Which is Best Day of My Life. I am going to be busy listening to the rest now.

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