Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
Release: August 4, 2015 from Harlequin Teen
Never date your best friendUnfortunately, I don't have the cover of Never Always Sometimes hanging on my wall, like the cover of Adi Alsaid's debut, Let's Get Lost. But that's too bad because I like the upcoming book's cover almost as much. Just like Let's Get Lost, it features a cute handwritten-style font, an easy way to make me fall in love with a cover. Even better, I love the three incarnations of the list mentioned in the synopsis, how the paper goes from a flat sheet to a crumpled ball to a small scrap. I cannot wait to read this book and watch the items on the list go through the same transition—from set-in-stone law to rules that the characters actively, intentionally break. If this cover—and Alsaid's past work—are any indication, Never Always Sometimes is sure to be a complete win.
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.