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.
I had really high hopes for this book. Adi Alsaid’s Let’s Get Lost was one of my first reviews for my blog. The writing was at the same level, but the plot and story were not. I actually put the book down several times because I had a hard time getting into the book.
The characters, Dave and Julia, spend the entire book doing every cliché high school thing their last semester of high school because they spent their entire high school career flying under the radar. I didn’t create any connections with the characters – this could be because I a “cliché” in high school. But even reading the book as someone who participated in the clichés in high school, the point of view from Dave and Julia is bland. The characters lack realism and depth. They were boring and uninteresting people.
Like the characters, the romance in the plot was below sub-par. The promposal was the only extravagant and romantic thing in the entire book and even I was still confused about the step by step description. I honestly felt like Alsaid had never experienced any sort of romance in his life, because the teen, puppy love romance he wrote was boring and not romantic in any way. As someone who has experienced the romantic, teen puppy love, this was boring and unrealistic.
I felt like this whole book was for nothing. There was no big ending, there was no cliffhanger, Alsaid did not create a story that made me yearn for more.
As for my next review l will be posting about Cress by Marissa Meyer. Happy reading lovelies!