Short Reviews (1) | Books I Expected More From

July 31, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews, Multi-Reviews | 18 Comments

Short Reviews (1) | Books I Expected More FromNever Always Sometimes
by Adi Alsaid
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: August 4, 2015 by Harlequin Teen
Format: eARC
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2.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

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 this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

review

I expected a lot from this book. I was excited about it that I immediately signed up for the blog tour and requested it. I started the book, all excited and happy, thinking this would be a fun and an LOL book but sadly, that wasn’t the case. I didn’t like the characters AT ALL. Julia was so…frustrating and infuriating! I wanted to smack her head or let her die. I know this is bad but I just couldn’t deal with her. She was so demanding and had Dave on a leash. He followed her around all the freaking time, he didn’t have a mind of his own. It’s like Julia did all the thinking for him and he would roll with whatever Julia said. Just writing this review is getting me agitated. I was about to DNF the book but then Dave stands up for himself and someone else and I literally did a jump and a mini dance and grinned because I was so happy that Dave was finally opening his eyes and speaking up for himself. That didn’t last long, though and in the process he hurt someone and I just wanted to smack him, too.

The reason I’m giving it 2.5 is because there were very minimal times where I had fun just a “smidge” and Dave speaking up for himself really got me super happy. The ending is a happy one that I enjoyed a bit. There are two supporting characters that really made me think my rating so I had to bump it up to 2.5 because these characters were fun and cute.

About Adi Alsaid

Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, then studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it's no surprise that after graduating, he did not go into business world but rather packed up his apartment into his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he's lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list. Let's Get Lost is his YA debut.

Short Reviews (1) | Books I Expected More FromEverything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: September 1, 2015 by Delacorte Press
Format: eARC
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2.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

review

I really enjoyed reading about this illness that I had never heard of before in my life. For a second, I thought it was invented but no, it isn’t. It must be sad to live very secluded like Maddy was. All Maddy had for company were her mom, her nurse and books…lots of books. Then one day this family moves next door and Maddy sees the boy next door, Olly—it was love at first sight. I do not like love at first sight in books so you can imagine how frustrated I was. I understand that she was secluded…very, very secluded but come on. All of a sudden, she stopped her game/movie nights with her mom so she could chat with Olly until the wee hours of the night. I wanted to smack Maddy for ditching her mom for a boy she hadn’t even fully met.

The story kept progressing and stop happened that had me frustrated, too. View Spoiler » Still, this was a book that opened my eyes to an illness that, as I said before, I hadn’t heard of and it really intrigued me. The romance was a major turn off but I have to admit that Olly was a cool kid. I give it 2.5 because I did enjoy the book to an extent. It wasn’t all that bad.

About Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.

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  • My feelings towards Everything,Everything were very similar to yours, Genesis. Maddy frustratedme to no ends with her behaviour and I simply coud not nejoy this book.

    Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing recently posted: STACKING THE SHELVES: July 2015
    • Yes! My issues was with her throughout the book and later on, her mom but you know why.

  • Everything, Everything is on my TBR for soon. That stinks you didn’t enjoy it. Same for Never Always Sometimes. I was really looking forward to it – thought the blurb sounded cute. Sorry they both weren’t quite up to what you were expecting – Great reviews!

    Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog recently posted: Review ~ Still Alice
    • My problem was going in with very high expectations. I really was looking forward to both books a lot.

  • I hate seeing both of these books on here. I’m reading Never Always Sometimes right now and there are SO many things that just don’t seem believable. Everything, Everything is on my wishlist and I hate to see that you didn’t enjoy it 🙁

    Christy @ Novel Ink recently posted: Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
    • I hope you like NAS. I just couldn’t deal with the characters. Everything, Everything was okay. My issue was with the main character.

  • That sucks that you weren’t able to enjoy Never Always Sometimes More. The characters do sound infuriating and annoying characters can easily ruin a book for me. I think I’m going to skip on that one.

    I’m sad to see you didn’t love Everything, Everything because I totally did, but I knew while reading the book that it would be frustrating for some readers.

    Great reviews, Genesis!

    Nick @ Nick's Book Blog recently posted: Blog Tour Stop : The Highlander Takes a Bride by Lynsay Sands
    • I just couldn’t deal with them! It sucks though because I wanted to like this book so much. Same with Everything, Everything. While I enjoyed it, the main character frustrated me and ruined the story for me :/

  • I’m so sad about both of these. They are both on my immediate TBR, and I’m bummed to see you didn’t enjoy them as you had expected. I’ll still read them, but at least now I won’t go in with such high expectations.

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature recently posted: Let’s Chat: Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
    • That was my problem. I had huge expectations for both books. I hope you like them though.

  • I recently read a book that I was excited for and had requested and was bummed out also. I really didn’t like the main character at all.

    Elizabeth recently posted: Friday Clips: Secrets of Lake Road
    • It sucks when that happens :/

  • Oh Bummer! I was hoping that NAS was a good read. Maybe I shouldn’t feel so bad that everyone seems to have that book except me.
    I actually enjoyed Everything, Everything. I thought the banter back and forth between Maddy and Olly was fun and the journal entries/health reports/drawings made this a fun, albeit quick, read. I feel bad you didn’t enjoy Maddy the way I did. I thought she was adorable. I might now have enjoyed this as much if I had seen the twist like you did though. Oh well.

    Karen Blue recently posted: TRUST NO ONE by Paul Cleave
    • I knew I was missing something in that review: the drawings and journal entries! I can’t believe I forgot. Those were good for sure but I don’t know. I just didn’t like Maddy.

  • Great honest reviews, Genesis. Everything Everything is one that has kind of been on my radar, especially after it exploded after all the ARCs were released at BEA. Not super excited about it, but just kind of there. And I’ve seen nothing but glowing reviews. However, yours is the first to reveal that there’s insta-love happening. Ugh. Nope, no can do. I think I’ll stick with my already too big TBR and let this one slide. Blah.

    • I know right? Plus the cover is cute and I’m a sucker for covers. If you read it, I hope you like it 🙂 But yeah, insta-love is a no for me.

  • Aww, I am sorry you didn’t like these 🙁 I really liked them both- especially Everything Everything. I totally get what you mean about her ditching her mom, and it WAS shitty, but I also found it really realistic- like she was having these experiences somehow like a normal teen, despite being cooped up? I don’t know.

    As for NAS, I see your point- I think Julia is probably polarizing, either you love her or hate her. I loved her, but I DO see why you didn’t. So sorry that these didn’t work out for you, and I hope the next book you read is MUCH better!

    • I was disappointed :/ i was really looking forward to both books. I’m glad you got to enjoy them, though 🙂