Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliche 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 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 clich├ęs, they've actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

I loved how this book was set up. The first half was focused on Dave, then a few chapters on Julia, then it alternated between Dave and Julia. Even though it was written in third person, it was constantly focused on a specific character. I loved that the majority of the novel was centred around Dave. I always love reading romance novels from a guys point of view. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I love how both Dave and Julia constantly poke fun at high school cliches. I caught myself laughing quite a few times, remembering things from my high school experience that were so stereotypical. I really loved the ending too. I won't go into to much detail, but I found it to be very realistic. If I were to compare it to another book in style, I would have to say it is similar to Zoe Sugg's novel "Girl Online". It was a very quick read, had super light themes, but was really sweet and fun. I did however prefer the writing of Alsaid to Sugg. Definitely ordering his other novels from the library :)


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  1. I'm quite a fan of Girl Online so I may have to give this a read. I'm always looking for new books to add to my list since I love reading so I'll have to buy this asap x



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