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 is a light read and every scene is visually understood. The writing has this refreshing vibe that made me feel young again.
Julia is adventurous, maybe she got it from her momma, (okay, the pun!), while Dave is more of your typical boy-next-door/goody-two-shoes guy best friend. Okay, you the cliché boy and girl friendship, but the characters are well-developed, realistic and relatable. Imagine, Gretchen and I have a thing in common: we both don’t like apples.
Dave and Julia are best friends, who made The Nevers list. But before high school ends, Julia wanted to do everything in the list. That’s when everything turned to be a roller coaster. The plot, though some points were predictable and cliché, there are still parts that surprised me. So I recommend you to read this until the very end.
“Leave the world a little better than you found it.”
The story is, yes, a cliché. One boy and one girl as best friends. One falls in love, one hiding his/her feelings, or maybe both. This is a perfect summer read or even if you just want to read something relaxing. I remembered being in high school. The dilemma between trying to fit in and trying to be different, and the feeling of having a guy best friend that you wish to fall in love with. This book values friendship, love, and family, but sometimes we confuse friendship to love. And that what this book made me understand.
Rating: 4/5 stars
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