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 dye 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.
This book is about Dave and Julia, two average high school kids who vow to never have a cliche high school moment and come up with a list of Nevers, things to never do. Julia decides they should do everything on the Nevers list, and Dave goes along with it because he is in love with her, and because she is his best friend. I was a bit frustrated with the relationship Dave and Julia have. You know Dave is in love with her for forever, and she is oblivious. It is just a bit annoying because she is the one who decided they should do the Nevers list, which does include never date your best friend. Hello! Obviously that is going to be an issue. She acts totally out of it until he ends up getting a girlfriend, and then, she is all, Oh wait I love him too! GRRRRRRRR. I didn’t like her AT ALL. Julia lives with her two dads and has a weird relationship with her mom, who she longs to be with and impress, but is kind of too wild and free to be bogged down with a daughter, so you can really see why Julia is the way she is. It did not make me like her any more though. I didn’t like how they ended up treating each other, and just
FRUSTRATION. They frustrated me soooooo badly. PS I did really like Gretchen though! She was sweet and Dave totally should be with someone like her, even though he handles the entire Julia situation completely wrong. High school boys, am I right?
The author sent me this book for free, because I won a contest on Twitter. This is an honest review. See my review of Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid here.