ARC Book Review: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

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Release date: August 4th, 2015

It’s so hard to write about a book that broke your heart. I still think about it and I still feel my heart crushing. And it’s a good sign because if I feel this way is because this book was done right. I don’t know if Adi Alsaid did this on purpose, I don’t think so, but he did such a great job with portraying feelings that I couldn’t help feeling this way.

Dave and, his best friend, Julia made a list of “Nevers” before starting high school. The list consisted on clichés they will never do in school. As the years passed and they felt they were missing out the good parts of high school they decided to do the items from the list. This story is more than this. Is more than having fun, is about love, friendship and everything in between.
Reading so many love triangles involving a girl and two boys, it felt quite original to have a possible love triangle involving a guy and two girls. This felt new to me and I enjoyed this a lot to the point where I couldn’t control my feelings.
This book brought me back to my teenage years. The way it’s written feels so real. I wonder if the author actually lived any of this experiences? Every feeling and reaction felt real and this is why I couldnt stop reading it. The way he describes confusion, heartbreaks, love, kisses, it’s all real. I saw myself revisiting my own experiences and feeling what the characters were feeling.
I loved the characters. The character development was real, no matter how sad this made me. There are scenes that I will love forever and quotes that will make me feel so many things. Adi Alsaid nailed on having “that teenage feeling” in the book and that nostalgia of being a teenager for those of us adults who still read YA.
I loved this book so much, even though the ending was not what I wanted to happen. I am not disappointed with it, it is real but sad for me.
If you read Adi Alsaid’s first book Let’s Get Lost, you’ll still feel his vibe in this one. While reading this one I could tell it was a book from Adi because it felt like him. I dare say that Never Always Sometimes is my favorite book of his to date. I can’t wait to read more from him.
Thank you NetGalley for giving me the chance to read and review this book before release. 

12 comments

  1. I really want to read this book. Sadly, Netgalley would not provide it for me!
    I know how you feel about writing reviews for books that leave you emotionally wrecked. This happened with me and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. xoxo

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