Author: Adi Alsaid
Published: August 4, 2015 by Harlequin Teen
(Amazon / Goodreads)
Synopsis: 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.
*** I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher at BEA in exchange for an honest review. This fact has not changed my opinion. ***
Oh book. I'm really sad that I have to give the old "it's not you, it's me." I wanted to like you, I really did. I had a lot of hope going in. You sounded like my kind of contemporary read, you had a lot of really great reviews, I was excited. You even started off really good but then you just lost me.
I think part of that was because I feel like one thing that YA contemporaries in particular are missing is stories of friendship, especially friendships between guys and girls. This could have been a really great book about two best friends who have each other's backs and know each other inside and out. It could have been a great book about these characters who help one another learn, grow, and evolve. Who help one another to break out of their comfort zones and learn from these experiences. But that's not what happened here. It ended up being a contemporary romance and that's not usually my thing. I know a lot of people loved this book so if you are into contemporary romances in the vein of John Green and Stephanie Perkins then check this out.
Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Borrow. Like I said, it's not you it's me. Unfortunately I'm just so picky about my contemporary YA reads and this one just wasn't my kind of read. It started off really strong and for me it just kind of fizzled out. It reminded me a lot of John Green in both it's tone and characters so if you are a fan of his work or if you are looking for YA romance then check this one out.