Never Always Sometimes
by Adi Alsaid
Harlequin Teen, 2015. 313 pages. Young Adult.
Just before beginning high school, best friends, Dave and Julia, jokingly make a list of high school clichés they vow to never do such as never run for prom king or torment yourself over a secret crush (something Dave’s been doing over Julia for years). Now seniors, they have successfully avoided everything on their “nevers” list. But when the year starts to drag, Dave and Julia begin to wonder if maybe they missed out. To liven things up, Julia decides they should instead try to do everything on the “nevers” list.
However, things get complicated after Dave befriends and eventually starts dating a girl they initially dismissed as the stereotypical “smart girl” and Julia realizes her feelings for Dave run deeper than she thought.
There are a number of “best friends who fall in love” stories out there (Better off Friends, Galgorithm, Emmy and Oliver to name a few). However, I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss this one. Full of clever, laugh out loud banter and a less predictable ending. This one may be my favorite of the bunch.