Book Review: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Never Always Sometimes
Author: Adi Alsaid
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: August 4, 2015
Review Source: Harlequin Teen

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 by Adi Alsaid is a story about high school, love triangles, and stepping out of your comfort zone. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a Young Adult novel, am I right?

We have Julia and Dave who put together a list of cliche high school things they vowed to NEVER do. Until, Julia suggests the opposite. Breaking every rule on the list leads to self discovery and love.

I thoroughly enjoyed Never Always Sometimes. Mostly because Alsaid is such a brilliant author that I was quickly captivated by his writing and style. The overall story definitely reminded me why I loved YA. Love triangles galore! Another absolute favorite quirk about it is the banter between characters. Who doesn't love some cute banter? I live for it in my books! The only thing about this book that would make me down-rate it, was that I couldn't personally relate to the brilliant characters.

But, like I said, YA all the way! It's a great young adult read for anyone and everyone!


  1. I've never read his first book (can't even find it in the bookstores -___-) but still really excited to get my hands on this one. This sounds like a great read. Your review made me more excited to read this! :D

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  2. It sounds like a book my students will like. I will look for it and place it on my next order. Thank you.

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  3. This is a book which sounds pretty good. I have seen it getting mostly mediocre reviews. I like the idea of them breaking the list though ~


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