Monday, March 21, 2016
Doesn't compare to his Alsaid's debut novel
Never Sometimes Always
By: Adi Alsaid
Genre: YA realistic fiction
2 out of 5
I experienced the opposite feeling with this book than I just did with my previous read, The Steep and Thorny Way. I considered Alsaid’s Let’s Get Lost one of my favorite books and this one doesn’t even come close. Maybe my expectations were too high, but either way I was disappointed. It started out with a good premise, but quickly came extremely unrealistic and very predictable. Two best friends, Dave and Julia, who are mere weeks away from graduating high school set about completing a list of tasks they said they would NEVER do. Although some are funny, some just don’t make sense – building a tree house in the school yard large enough for several teens to sit OVERNIGHT; organizing a scavenger hunt in just a few hours with the ENTIRE school orchestra. The characters were one-dimensional and it bothered me that while
the parts of book were written by only one character’s view it was written in 3rd person. I believe I would have connected with the characters more if written in first person.