BOOK REVIEW: NEVER EVERS BY TOM ELLEN AND LUCY IVISON



Kicked out of ballet academy and straight into a school ski trip, Mouse knows certain classmates can't wait to see her fall flat on her face. Meanwhile, Jack looks forward to danger and girls, but hasn't a clue about either. That's until French teen sensation Roland arrives in the resort - who Jack's a dead ringer for. When Roland persuades Jack to be his stand-in for a day, Jack, in disguise, declares his feelings for Mouse. But what happens when he's no longer a pop star - will it be music and magic on the slopes?


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Adorkable! So, so adorkable! 


This book is just as cute as their other one, Lobsters (which I reviewed and loved!). Where the first one is remembered to have been hilarious, this one absolutely measures up on the laughter scale! What I love mostly about this one though is not just it's charming and very easy to love characters, but the way it brings back so many flashbacks from school. Yes, even the embarrassing one's, but it's been so long now that I can laugh about it. 

Never Evers involves everybody you went to school with - well, if you went to school in the UK, not sure about anywhere else - and it absolutely has the exact same things you'd worry about or question when you're their age. It sums up so many things that were huge problems then but would seem like such minor issues now, which I don't mind as it's interesting to watch them grow and learn. It's such an innocent age, being 14, and it was such a delight to read. It has all the slang, language and references to many British things that absolutely adored, and because of that and the old english charm (and sometimes not so much charm), I enjoyed it more. 

The story was somewhat unrealistic in some ways, but that doesn't matter at all. That's why we read books, to take in something that's completely new and unlike reality, but although it was a tad different, it was still very pleasant to read. However, the rest of it was 100% what it's like when you're on a school trip. It's crushes, staying up late, eating junk food, freedom from your parents for a few days, friendship, talking absolute shit with your mates and so much more that makes this engaging. I wish I had a skiing trip when I was 14, we weren't that lucky. I do remember camping on a smelly farm once, which was never fun....yeah, my school was boring.

Every single character was a joy to read about, each had their own voice and were hilariously adorable in their own way. Tom Ellen's contribution to the book, giving us Jack's POV, was a bit of a reminder of the Inbetweeners, but more innocent (obviously!). The way some of them were talking, how they approached situations and basically everything that they were was definitely what a 14 year old boy is all about. Ha, mostly them trying to get a girl to snog them, but bless them, they really did try. Each boy also had their own personality, and I didn't feel like they were all blended together, they were all memorable and easy to get attached to. 
Lucy's part of the story, writing Mouse's POV, was also such a joy to read about. The girls remind me of me and my friends when we were at school. Again, they also had their own voice, although they were extra cooky and weird, but I really loved that they were different. Who wants to read about normal people anyway? Not me.



Normal is boring. I love their quirky personalities and the fact that one of them sneaks their pet hamster onto a school trip. I also would like to add that I now want a pet hamster, all thanks to this book 

*runs to the pet shop*
*buys all the hamsters*

I also found it funny that the teachers mirrored mine. Y'know the 'I'm a cool teacher' teacher. We all had one, I'm sure you remember. Yeah, you're not, but keep telling yourself that, you're just embarrassing yourself! That's always hilarious.

And I love what the title of the book is. Don't you just love it when the title of the book appears and it just makes sense? Me too. It's very cool.

I do find it hard to believe that this book is written by two people, as they seem to have very similar styles of writing, not like that's a bad thing at all. It's consistent, and I love that the authors can each input their own experiences into their specific characters that they're writing about. The story flowed well, it was so easy to just fly through this, and I was laughing all the way through, not to mention going 'Oh my god, we used to do this 'or  'Oh no, school flashback!'. I do feel a bit old though, it has been a long time since school.

Funny, adorable, magical and a constant smile on my face all the way through it. If you're looking for something light-hearted and feel good, I'd pick this one up. And when you're done with this one, also read Lobsters. Do it!

I absolutely loved it. I'm adding their next book to my TBR.



GOODREADS:

So there you have it! As soon as I saw this book in the bookshop when browsing, it was an instant buy for me. I had no idea they'd released another book, so I was quite excited to see it. It definitely didn't disappoint. These books look so goddamn cute together on my bookshelf, oh my goodness.
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15 February 2016 at 22:20

This looks so cute! Although I think reading about 14-year-olds would give me war flashbacks to my own 14-year-old self *shudders* Still, I do love British-set books, and I love adorkable, so sign me up :)

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16 February 2016 at 00:51

Haha I know what you mean, it's never nice to be reminded of our teen years! Still, this one is such a great read, I just hope it doesn't bring back too many bad memories :)
Yes, do try it! It's a lot of fun, and if you like British books too, then definitely go for it.

Thanks for commenting!

- Natalie

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18 February 2016 at 18:49

Brilliant review, Natalie. I really enjoyed this too. It was a totally adorable tween read. It totally took me back to my school days, especially one particular school trip to Disneyland Paris. It took me straight back to school and I kind of loved reliving it all.

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18 February 2016 at 22:42

Thank you Charnell :) I'm so glad you enjoyed the book too, isn't it cute?? I completely agree, it really brings back all those nostalgic memories.
Ooh, you're so lucky! I wish my school took me to Disneyland when I was younger, the best we got was camping in the countryside or museums. Fun..

Thanks for reading and commenting!

- Natalie

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