Finished Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“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 love the concept behind this–the best friends who are determined to have an “original” high school experience and who then, right before graduation, decide to do all the things they didn’t want to do before. This novel is funny and sweet in parts and would probably make a fantastic movie.
I think this would be a five star read except for the fact that I hate the main characters. Especially Julia, who is actually a pretty awful person. David is mostly OK except he’s pretty wishy-washy about things. Julia, though–she is a snob and also just awful in general. (I have hope that when she gets to college, she’ll evolve and become a decent person.)
I loved Let’s Get Lost so much but this one just fell flat for me.