Growing up I never was really close with my cousins. I'm the youngest out of all my cousins on my dad's side, and my mom side of the family all live in England. So being close with extended family is kind of foreign concept to me. I'm so glad that we currently live in the same city as Norah and Adelaide (and soon to be, Samuel!!). I absolutely adore watching them play and laugh together. Family is something that has always been near and dear to me, so I am so grateful that we live so close to one another. I only wish we could live near my in-laws too!!
Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliche 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 die 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 loved how this book was set up. The first half was focused on Dave, then a few chapters on Julia, then it alternated between Dave and Julia. Even though it was written in third person, it was constantly focused on a specific character. I loved that the majority of the novel was centred around Dave. I always love reading romance novels from a guys point of view. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I love how both Dave and Julia constantly poke fun at high school cliches. I caught myself laughing quite a few times, remembering things from my high school experience that were so stereotypical. I really loved the ending too. I won't go into to much detail, but I found it to be very realistic. If I were to compare it to another book in style, I would have to say it is similar to Zoe Sugg's novel "Girl Online". It was a very quick read, had super light themes, but was really sweet and fun. I did however prefer the writing of Alsaid to Sugg. Definitely ordering his other novels from the library :)
Sorry in advance that this week's posts are a little off schedule. I didn't have time to film a video and have it up for Tuesday, so I had to switch it to Wednesday instead. Luckily my internet is uploading a lot faster this week, so I may another video up for tomorrow for you guys!
For the past few weeks I have literally been hoarding my trash trying to collect as many empty products as I could so I could film this video. I couldn't go on any longer, so I've decided to do shorter empties videos more often so I can get rid of the trash :) I love watching empties videos since you get mini reviews that are more in depth than first impressions simply because the entire product has been used up.
Hope enjoyed the video and I'll see you next time!! :)