[Review] fighting cliches while becoming them NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES BY ADI ALSAID


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 dye 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.


i liked...

  • Dave and Julia. They have such a comfortable friendship. They know each other better than themselves in some ways and it is really warm (I don’t know how else to describe it, it is just really sweet and funny). The easy banter, jokes, and sarcasm is beautiful!
  • Julia’s sense of humor and the sarcasm between her and Dave at all times is GOLD. They understand each other so well!
  • The way that Julia calls Dave a million different names that aren’t his own. Again it’s funny in all of the little ways, but is also just adorable.
  • The war that is going on inside of Dave is adorable and confusing and I have no idea how it’s going to turn out. 
  • Julie and Dave’s little adventures for the Nevers.
  • Once Julie and Dave broke out of their little shells and actually talked to other people they realized there is more to all people than meets the eye and not everyone fits into the stereotypes that they had given them.

i didn't like...

  • Predictability. I saw it all coming from a million miles away.
  • Where are their parents? They always seem to be absent, and Julie and Dave can go anywhere and they don’t seem to have to ask about anything. I understand that they are technically adults since they are 18, but they still are in high school and my parents wouldn’t let me do half the things they do. Jealousy, maybe. Although maybe it’s good. *cough cough beach cough cough*


I really enjoyed Never Always Sometimes. It was very cute and a great summery read. It was very relatable and the character relationships were fabulous. It was predictable, but that was okay because it was just the perfect book for the mood I was in.


“But certain lines felt like they were thoughts I’d had my whole life that just hadn’t taken shape yet until I read them. ‘A little better than you found it’ is how I see everything now. Not just the world, but everything. People, too. I want people I know to be a little better off than when I found them.” (116)

“It’s like that in our love lives, too. We like to think we’re formulas that even out exactly, that we are perfect matches for each other. But we’re not. We match up with lots of people, more or less.” (285)



Love, Aubrey


4 thoughts on “[Review] fighting cliches while becoming them NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES BY ADI ALSAID

    • I totally agree, but at least the characters sorta acknowledged that they were cliches? I don’t know. I thought it was super predictable, but I needed a fluffy read (do you know what I mean?). Sorry you didn’t like it. Thanks for stopping by, Emily!


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