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.
Overall rating: 4.5/5Highly recommend. Interesting and relatable characters. Strong friendships and great family element.
Cover: (ARC not final) 4/5
I love the crumpled up paper because it fits with the Nevers but I feel the light blue background and dark blue title don't pop like it should. Other than that I love the chalkboard type font.
Dave: Dave has a big heart and is written how a teenager should be written. He is in a shell and madly in love with his best friend. I feel like I've been in his shoes and I've felt the heartbreak of not being able to tell your friend. Although Dave does make poor decisions I don't hold them against him because I really really relate.
Julie: The biggest of all cliches is to not admit you are one. Julie is interesting and quirky. At times I wanted to smack her for the outrageous suggestions she has but then others I want to help her complete the tasks.
Gretchen: The pretty blonde that doesn't pay attention to the fact that everyone loves her. She definitely is a cliche but not a cardboard cutout like Julie calls her. I think she knows her shit and doesn't like anyone to get hurt.
Brett: Can I just say how very older brother Brett was. He dealt with a lot of the same things Dave did but he was older. I can totally see there being a second book and reading about Brett and "girl" being together.
Not only the friendship but the family element was well written. I wasn't thrown off by Julie's dads or the mom that have her up for adoption to travel. I hunk it added to Julie's character of being slightly rebellious and a little odd.
The Never list is a cliche in its self but I love it none the less. The things "every" high schooler should experience is different for everyone but this list sums up some of those ideas.
|I also got to meet him at BEA this year which was super amazing|