Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sometimes Never Review

Book Review FEB. 26th

Sometimes Never

by: Cheryl Mcintyre

★★5 Stars

Blurb:  Hope didn't have the best role model when it came to relationships. She’s content with her current no-strings-attached extracurricular activity with the lead singer of her band. She’s never believed in love and commitment.

Mason starts his eighth school in five years anticipating nothing more than the usual—boring classes, fighting more than making friends, and girls happily willing to succumb to his easy smile. He’s never put much stock into love at first sight—until he sees her.

Regardless of their painful pasts, Hope and Mason discover that sometimes never can become forever.

"But you know how roller coasters are really fun because they're fast, unpredictable and terrifying? Yeah, that's the equivalent to our relationship"-Hope

Sometimes Never was a great refreshing read because of the normality of it all. I'll try not to give too much away... This book holds nothing back and we not only see the pain these characters are in, but we are made to feel it as well. That being said, these characters may still be in high school (seniors) but there issues are far more adult in nature. Sometimes Never hovers on edge of YA and NA fiction and should be approached with caution for anyone under 18. But I'd still recommended it. (There is that insta-love moment in the book, but somehow I thought with these character and this story-line it all worked out nicely and wasn't as unbelievable or forced like many other novels.)

This book gives you an inside look at the gritty and hard lives of Mason and Hope. Neither of whom live the perfect two parent, white picket fence life. Hope has issues with hurting herself and Mason tends to use his fists to deal with his problems. But together these two are like peanut butter and jelly. They just make each other better. 
There are so many real-life issues crammed into this book it can be a little overwhelming but so is life. Hope is able to emerge from her shell and finally have someone to help her realize her potential. She has to re-look at her life and realize that she's been living in a bubble, pretending. Pretending not to care, not to love and not to have a purpose. Mason makes her realize the error of her ways.
At times its hard to read about Hope and how she deals with her pain. Some people eat, some clean and others take their pain and stress out on themselves. Hope is from the latter category. She thinks this puts her control. If she hurts herself, no one else can. She controls her pain and her blood. But everything is explained beautifully and in a way that makes it almost understandable, even though in the back of your mind your screaming. What is so admirable about Hope is her honesty. She holds nothing back and would fight a world class fighter just so she didn't have to give up or give in. She has issues, but who doesn't. Mason just knows how to tackle those issues and make them seem less overwhelming to Hope. Especially her sugar addiction. He tackles that and makes it his goal to get her eating healthy at the same time. What a guy!!
Hope lives with her foster family, which includes Guy, and a few other step-siblings. Annie, who is the same age as Hope, is the typical perky, backstabbing cheerleader type and it is almost impossible to like her. Hope has her back and never thinks twice about it but Annie is just a plain ol' unlikeable person. And alcohol only makes her worse. 
Luckily and happily, there is no monumental, life-ending issue, break-up or even cliff-hanger in the end like so many NA novels recently. This book does have some LOL moments, which I always appreciate. At one point, Mason borrows a pencil from Hope to which he practically inhales because it smells like her raspberry lotion. He has no shame. And a lunchroom moment that will make you miss high school. Besides, isn't everyone a little afraid of getting their shoelaces stuck in an escalator, scary stuff. Beware the scary and judgmental looks you may get if you are reading this book in public :)
Guy, whom is Hopes gay, guy best friend, is one of the best parts of the book. He's like her brother, best friend and parent all crammed in a skinny lil' body. I was disappointed when he was injured and I feared more than just a  
My only complaint was at one point there is a mixed POV and I could not figure out was happening and that entire paragraph sorta pulled me away for a minute because I was loss. Minor error but enough that it may annoy you.
As I mentioned there are many adult situations that take place in the book such as use of alcohol, sex and vulgar language. But all that makes a great book and Sometimes Never is like Beautiful Disaster without the fighting matches and college drama creeping in because trust me their high school offers up enough.
Great read would totally recommend to all my New Adult loving friends.

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