I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to write this review. Well, I do know. I moved house, and work’s been busy, and I’ve been a Bad Blogger. But I promise it didn’t actually take me as long to read Never Evers, one of my highly anticipated books of 2016. I adored Lobsters, with its realistic relationships and hilarious antics. I knew Never Evers was a little younger, but I couldn’t wait – it was the perfect book to start off the new year!
Never Evers has just as many awkward, funny and endearing characters as its predecessor. Mouse has just been kicked out of ballet school (boo) and is dreading going back to state school because she’ll see her ex-best friend and current nemesis Lauren. But thankfully she makes two new best mates (yay) just in time for the dreaded skiing trip to France. On another school coach on its way to the resort, Jack’s band name choice rests on being the first of his friends to kiss a girl. And thus begins one of the most adorable stories you’ll read this year.
Never Evers perfectly captures what it’s like to be 14-years-old. Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen have done another wonderful job at mastering the voices of their characters. It’s just so much fun. And just as uncomfortable as you remember. I thoroughly enjoyed the main storyline – the sweet and instantaneous crushes that Mouse and Jack develop on one another – and the trials and tribulations of being a teenager away from home. We have all had that one person who just won’t let us be, and Lauren and her mean sidekicks’ behaviour is so awful and yet so well-handled. I also loved the slightly more fanciful storyline of Jack being mistaken for French pop sensation Roland. And not forgetting Mouse’s awesome new friends Connie and Kiera. It’s all combined with the wonderful setting of the snowy Alps, perfect for snuggling up with this winter.
Never Evers is a wonderful follow-up, full of awkward misunderstandings, inside jokes, and close friendships. Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen are up there among my favourite YA contemporary authors (check out their top five literary school trips here!) and I cannot wait to read their next novel, Freshers. Roll on 2017!
Published: January 2016
Publisher: Chicken House
Source: Thank you to the publisher for providing this book for review!