Friday, July 17, 2015

Before I Read Never Always Sometimes

Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance can draw you in and make you want to read the words inside. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Release: August 4, 2015 from 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.
Unfortunately, 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.


  1. I want to read this one SO much, I've never read anything by him, but I'm planning on doing so very soon :)

    I love the concept of this post, I haven't seen anything like it before, so double thumbs up for the originality.♥ & the genius idea as well! :)

    Jumana @ Books by Jay

  2. I really want to read this one - I've seen so many good reviews!

    BTW I hang my favorite covers on my wall too :)

  3. Definitely.. I've bought books just because of the cover. And I really love it when actually tells you something about the story. Never Always Sometimes's is really great and I loved Let's Get Lost's cover as well.

    Haraiah @ Random Things In Action

    PS I nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. I would really love to read your answers in this tag :D

  4. I've been meaning to read this, asap but haven't gotten into buying a copy yet. Hopefully I'll get to read it before the year ends. Hihi. :P

    Nice review, Emily! <3

    Fiona of A Girl Between the Pages
    Latest post: Book Blitz: Sun-Kissed Summer by Marta Brown + Giveaway! (Open INTERNATIONALLY)

  5. I really want to read this book!!! And I love that you're doing a feature to highlight the covers of books! I absolutely agree that the cover seems to capture how the list ends up in the end. Great post! :)


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